Michigan Farm News
  • Make no assumptions about credit availability

    Category: People, Crops

    by Phil Durst, MSUE


    The playing field is changing and the assumptions that many farmers have made in the past about spring planting credit lines may be outdated. It is time to act!

    Change at the top: Adams goes to USDA, Wenk appointed MDARD director

    Category: People

    by MDARD, Farm News Media

    new MDARD Director

    Gov. Rick Snyder announces resignation of MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams, appointment of Gordon Wenk as replacement


    Farm stress webinar set for March 27

    Category: People

    by MSU

    Stress and farming

    An MSU workshop is specially designed for people who work with agricultural producers and farm families who want to know more about managing farm-related stress.


    Will farm income really drop to a 12-year low in 2018?

    Category: People

    by Todd Kuethe, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

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    ERS forecasts 2018 net cash income at $91.9 billion, a 5.2 percent reduction from their current forecast for 2017 of $96.9 billion, and ERS forecasts 2018 net farm income at $59.5 billion, a 6.7 percent reduction from their current forecast for 2017 of $63.8 billion.

    Caring for communities far and near

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    Caring for communities far and near

    “This is just another example of what Farm Bureau and its employees do to help the community.”


    A landmark career of involvement

    Category: People

    by Jeremy Christian Nagel

    A landmark career of involvement

    At last month’s Voice of Agriculture Conference, Benson stepped down from the state-level Promotion and Education committee after maxing out her three two-year terms—six years total serving on one of the organization’s most influential bodies.

    Michigan young farmers make national finals

    Category: People

    by NOYF

    Michigan young farmers make national finals

    The National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress is the oldest farmer recognition program in the United States.

    Right to Farm defense earns Calhoun County FB Grassroots Lobbying Award

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Calhoun County Farm Bureau earned the Excellence in Grassroots Lobbying Award for putting its members and ag industry watchdogs on notice that a local township was overstepping its bounds and the Michigan Right-to-Farm Act.

    Farm income at 12-year low

    Category: People, Markets & Weather

    by AFBF

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    If realized, this would be the lowest net farm income since 2006.

    Improvements to Dairy Margin Protection Program outlined

    Category: People, Livestock, Politics

    by Valeria Zavala, AFBF


    This bulletin provides an overview of the MPP modifications and includes a downloadable Excel calculator that can be used to estimate MPP benefits in 2018, as well as in prior years, under the revised program parameters.

    2018 net farm income: another tough year ahead

    Category: People, Markets & Weather

    by David A. Widmar, Ag Economics Insight


    Looking at 90 years of data, only 11 years (or 12 percent of observations) have been lower than 2018 net farm income forecast.

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  • Columns

    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.