Michigan Farm News
  • Sign on by July 7 to protect 27 pesticides

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    July 7 is the deadline to tell EPA to allow continued responsible use of 27 different pesticides under scrutiny by the regulatory agency.

    Europe sets example for U.S. milk labelling

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by NMPF, Farm News Media

    soy milk

    European Union regulations that prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using terms like “milk,” “cheese” and “yogurt” is a victory for the same battle occurring in the United States.

    Farm bill myth: Internet access

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, MFB

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    Only 61% of farms in some states have access to the internet.

    NAFTA poultry trade significant for American producers

    Category: Politics

    by Veronica Nigh, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

    NAFTA Poultry

    According to USDA Production and Supply data the United States is the largest producer and the second largest exporter of broiler meat in the world.

    Pilot Project for Innovative Conservation in Michigan

    Category: Politics

    by MFB

    The Nature Conservancy

    Michigan Farm Bureau is joining forces on a new pilot project with The Nature Conservancy that recently received a $328,077 Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to encourage the adoption of conservation practices by farmers through drain assessments. The goal of the project is to recognize and incentivize the establishment of conservation practices that improve the function or reduce the maintenance cost of publicly managed drain systems.

    Farm State Senators to USTR: On NAFTA, “Do No Harm.”

    Category: Politics

    by Keith Good, Social Media Manager, farmdoc project, University of Illinois

    Corn Exports

    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy, and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

    Alibaba – selling ag-products to Chinese consumers, one click at time

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Addressing an audience of 3,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs attending the inaugural Alibaba Gateway ’17 trade conference at Detroit’s Cobo Hall, company founder and Executive Chairman, Jack Ma, small in stature, stood as a giant in the global economy.

     

    Farm Bureau among groups urging USDA to revamp biotech proposal

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, Farm News Media

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    Michigan Farm Bureau is among more than 100 agricultural organizations asking USDA to revise their proposed changes to the nation’s biotechnology regulations that could negatively impact food production innovation.

    Farm bill myth: Feeding 9B by 2050

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, MFB

    People Fed

    Just look at the productivity of the American farmer over the last 30 years and know that we can assist in meeting that goal by 2050.

    AFBF details NAFTA renegotiation priorities

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    The North American Free Trade Agreement has been overwhelmingly beneficial for U.S. farmers and ranchers—and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico—but there are several good reasons to update and reform NAFTA from agriculture’s perspective, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    TB affected area hosts MI Senate ag committee hearing

    Category: Farm News Stories

    by Farm News Media

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    On June 12, 2017, the Michigan Senate Ag Committee held a hearing in Alcona county, taking testimony from residents on matters related to bovine tuberculosis.

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  • Columns

    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.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.
     

    Create a gun trust

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | May 3, 2017 

    Reisner 2I am frequently asked "what is a gun trust and when should I create one?" The short answer is that gun trusts are created primarily to acquire, possess and use firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA).

    Important considerations for capital investments

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2017 

     Leo PaschFor many farmers, it seems hardly a year goes by without some form of capital investment, whether in equipment, facilities, livestock or land.

    What's the status of WOTUS?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | April 3, 2017 

     PhelpsThe EPA and Army Corps had been without a valid WOTUS definition for some time.