Michigan Farm News
  • Nominations open for 2019 Barns of the Year

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    The Barn of the Year Program annually honors existing Michigan barns that exemplify outstanding character in Michigan. Nominated barns must have been built before 1957 and be in use, either for continued agricultural use or adapted for other uses. Barns must retain its overall appearance —i.e., both interior and exterior barn characteristics. Nominations are open to the public, with winners being reviewed and determined by MBPN Awards Committee members.

    4-H Excellence in Agriculture award winners recognized

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Three outstanding 4-H leaders were honored with the 2018 4-H Excellence in Agriculture award Saturday at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Voice of Agriculture conference in Grand Rapids.

    Three MSU students honored with Michigan Farm Bureau scholarships

    Category: People

    by Ameila Miller


    Three exemplary Michigan State University (MSU) students were honored Saturday, Feb.16, at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Growing Together Conference in Grand Rapids. Amanda Forraht of Berrien County, Elizabeth Ritchie of Van Buren County and Samantha Wagner of Jackson County were recipients of the MFB Marge Karker Scholarship. Each received a $1,000 award to help fund her MSU education.

    USDA addresses opioid crisis in rural America

    Category: People

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    A key grant program that addresses opioid misuse in rural communities is getting more funding opportunities. On Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it might award up to 30 special consideration points for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program applications for projects that provide opioid treatment services in 220 at-risk counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    SpartanNash to open new Ada-based market by this spring

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    A Byron Center-based food distributor and grocery retailer hopes to open a new market in Kent County by mid-April. The SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today its plans to open a recently vacated 13,000-square-foot space at 444 Ada Drive SE in Ada Township.

    Public welcomed to fish for free this weekend

    Category: People

    by DNR; Farm News Media


    Everyone in Michigan is invited to fish for free Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17, for the 2019 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply. Throughout this weekend, too, state parks will waive the Recreation Passport entry fee normally required for vehicle entry.

    Residents of Clinton, Lapeer, Lapeer and Oakland counties win hunting prizes, prize packages

    Category: People

    by Eric Hilliard, DNR


    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced this month three winners of the 10th annual Pure Michigan Hunt. Greg Burks of White Lake (Oakland County), Jesse Jubb of Bath (Clinton County) and John Murphy of Lapeer (Lapeer County) each won an array of licenses and more than $4,000 worth of hunting gear.

    2019 Presidents' Conference

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Michigan Farm Bureau's 2019 Presidents' Conference took place Feb. 4 and 5 at The Kellogg Center in East Lansing, kicking off the 100th birthday of the state's largest general farm organization.

    DNR urges anglers to help slow the spread of fish disease

    Category: People

    by By ZARIA PHILLIPS Capital News Service


    A disease that kills one of Michigan’s most popular gamefish appears to be spreading northward, worrying anglers and fisheries managers. The largemouth bass virus (LMBV) was most recently discovered in Alpena County’s Beaver Lake. Some anglers worry that the disease, which first appeared in Michigan in the early 2000s in Clare County, is coming north.

    Berens named new Michigan Shepherd editor

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    The Michigan Sheep Producers Association (MSPA) has hired Beverly Berens to serve as editor of the organization’s publication, Michigan Shepherd News. Berens replaces Sheryl Avery-Smith Oswalt who edited the magazine for the past five years.

    ‘Controversial’ APR issue to get survey results from deer hunters by spring

    Category: People

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Antler Point Restrictions (APR), a proposal that requires harvested deer to have at least four antler points on one side, is currently being surveyed by deer hunters in five Lower Peninsula counties: Lapeer, St. Clair, Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac. The proposal, which was hunter-initiated, is consistent with the process outlined in the current APR-initiated guidelines adopted by the Natural Resources Commission.

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  • Columns

    Market Outlook: Large corn inventories don’t bode well for price outlook

    Dr. Jim Hiker | November 30, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)The November USDA/NASS Crop Production Report showed U.S. 2018 corn production to be 14.6 billion bushels, down 1% from the October estimate. It would still be the second largest crop on record, just below the 2016 record of 2016 of 15.1 billion bushels. 

    Weather Outlook: Warmer and drier days ahead…

    Jeff Andresen | November 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe development of an upper air trough across central and eastern North America during the last week of October led to northwesterly flow across the Great Lakes region and to an extended period of early winter weather through much of the first half of November.

    Field Focus- November 15, 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions. 


    Weather Outlook: Above normal precipitation to continue

    Jeff Andresen | November 15, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngSeasonably cool and drier weather developed across the Great Lakes region during late October, allowing a resumption and/or acceleration of fall harvest and fieldwork activities across Michigan. With a persistent troughing pattern in place during much of the latter half of October, temperatures fell to below normal values, slowing grain dry down and soil evaporation rates.

    Drier days ahead for harvest?

    Jeff Andresen | October 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe jet stream flow across North America changed dramatically during mid-October, with the transition of the highly amplified western troughing/eastern ridging pattern of the past few weeks to a western ridging/ eastern troughing pattern.