Adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, an increase of 50% over five years, the census shows. According to MFB Field Crops Specialist Theresa Sisung, Michigan farmers were just slightly over the national average, boosting cover crops acres by 54% over the same period to 673,205 acres.
With farmers comprising less than 2% of the population, agriculture is increasingly likely to get run over and left out if farmers don’t become more active in government.
Representatives of MSU, Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Milk Producers Association testified before the House and Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittees this week to advocate for more stable funding of the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture.
The USDA quietly released a statistic in March that should alarm us all. More than seven dairy farms folded every day in 2018, and it’s easy to see why. America’s farmers are in their sixth straight year of economic recession, with no end in sight.
Michigan Farm Bureau recently coordinated a visit to Jem-Lot Dairy in Westphalia for a group of legislative and policy staff to help them become more familiar with the agriculture sector.
Nearly 120 Farm Bureau members from 53 counties descended upon Capitol Hill during Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) annual Washington Legislative Seminar to talk with lawmakers on issues of trade, ag labor and immigration reform, and environmental regulations affecting water quality.
Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.
Supported by Michigan Farm Bureau, legislation recently introduced in the Senate would allow greater opportunity for students to participate in career and technical education programs like agriscience.
Legislation proposing to ban application of manure, fertilizer or livestock waste on frozen or snow-covered ground was recently introduced in the state House and Senate.
Michigan Farm Bureau is asking farmers to spare 10 minutes of their time to provide input on how energy issues impact them and the state’s agriculture and rural communities.
Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019