Michigan Farm News
  • Barn weddings in the zone

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    It was less than a year ago that Nixon’s right to conduct weddings in his family farm’s 98-year old barn was confirmed in court. And since that time, nothing the township has done has been targeted toward Nixon, according to Webster Township Planning Commission Chair Andrea Zamansky.

    Schuette, Stabenow, James woo farmers

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

    Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) hosted the 2018 Candidate Interview Forum Aug. 15 in Lansing, giving the state’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contenders a platform in front of more than 120 farmers and agribusiness leaders.

    FDA Commissioner tweets about plans to review labeling claims

    Category: Politics

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    “…Absence claims about GMOs are never enforced: I was unable to find a single warning letter or other enforcement action against deceptive ‘non-GMO labeling.”

    What will it cost to comply with FSMA’s Produce Rule?

    Category: Politics

    by John Bovay, Peyton Ferrier, and Chen Zhen, USDA’s Economic Research Service

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    In an effort to improve food safety by reducing foodborne illnesses, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose new regulatory requirements on food producers and handlers, to expand requirements for and inspections of food imports, and to issue mandatory recalls of food.

    Farm Bureau, Farmers Union call for swift farm bill passage

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are asking Senate and House conferees to move quickly. Everything from commodity price supports to childhood nutrition, soil and water conservation, trade promotion and more depend on swift passage.

    Deer baiting ban in Lower Peninsula becomes law

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media, DNR

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    Consensus was reached earlier this week on long-awaited action to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Michigan’s deer herd.

    Thursday, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved a series of hunting regulations targeted at reducing the spread of CWD in Michigan.

    EPA ordered to ban ag use of chlorpyrifos

    Category: Politics

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News, Farm News Media

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    The ruling gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 60 days to “revoke all tolerances” and “cancel all registrations” for the pesticide.

    Tariff motivation 101 - reviewing the U.S. trade deficit

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF/Farm News Media

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    While the U.S. has a trade deficit in a number of goods and services, U.S. agriculture is one of the few sectors that consistently runs a trade surplus. 

    Farmers fare well in primary races

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Farm Bureau-endorsed candidates fared well in the primary election on August 7, with 96 of 105 winning, equating to a success rate of 91 percent.

    FDA’s stand on dairy product labeling

    Category: Markets & Weather, Politics

    by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

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    Following is a statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., regarding the process FDA is taking for reviewing and modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for dairy products. It has been edited for length.

    Reminder: Show up to the polls on Aug. 7, support Friends of Ag

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Farm Bureau encourages members to support AgriPac-endorsed Friends of Agriculture when they vote in Michigan’s primary election on Tuesday.


     

     

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  • Columns

    Lights of hope for dairy producers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | August 15, 2018 

    Recent market upticks, along with new proposed dairy processing in Michigan, are signaling a new light of hope for dairy farmers as they battle through one of the longest downturns in dairy marketing in recent history.

    Field Focus: August 15, 2018

    It’s still too dry for most of your Field Focus reporters as we reach mid-August. But they remain optimistic and are looking forward to fall harvest right around the corner.

    Field Focus: July 15, 2018

    Dry and hot was a persistent theme identified by Michigan Farm News’s Field Focus reporters for the July 15 edition. By now the drought has ended in most of the state, but we’ll wait for the Aug. 15 report to see if conditions have changed enough to keep alive the optimism our seven reporters have displayed this year.

    Field Focus - June 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.

    Field Focus - May 30, 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.