Michigan Farm News
  • Understanding the Schuette – Right to Farm connection

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    In the final weeks leading up to the November general elections, political campaign ads dominate radio, TV and social media platforms of all kinds. And while most opinions are seldom swayed by the “he-said – she said” rant, one random comment on Michigan Farm Bureau’s Facebook page promoting the organization’s “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement of gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General, Bill Schuette caught our attention.

    Farm Bureau policy issues progressing in House, Senate

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

    Michigan Capitol Building and Moon

    Dozens of bills relevant to the agriculture industry and Farm Bureau policy are quickly progressing through the Michigan House and Senate this week.

    USTR report details unfair trade practices & barriers

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    “For years, American agriculture (and other industries) have faced artificial trade barriers in the form of tariffs, subsidies, production controls, market restrictions and other various trade distorting mechanisms while previous administrations stood idly by and just let it happen. There have been rules in place, but they clearly haven’t been enforced.”

    Animal care, utility rate equity, national dairy policy and cell-cultured protein labeling guidelines focus of MFB delegate policy sessions

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    Famers serving as voting delegates at this week’s 99th annual meeting of the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) had robust delegate discussions over the three-day event, as they sifted through 110 different policy recommendations, generated and consolidated from more than 800 county-level recommendations.

    Contact ag commissioners to protect Right to Farm, GAAMPs

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media, Michigan Farm Bureau

    Action Alert Flag

    Farm Bureau is asking members to urge the state’s Agriculture and Rural Development Commission to protect the Right to Farm by voting to remove zoning references from the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices on site selection.

    Farm Bureau urging quick farm bill approval

    Category: Politics

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media


    With 10 days left in the current legislative session for Congress to approve the 2018 Farm Bill, the Michigan Farm Bureau is urging its members to contact Congress to help get the farm bill pass the finish line.

    Political pundit “optimistic” for farm bill passage

    Category: Politics

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Industry insiders and politicians are optimistic a Farm Bill will be passed soon. 

    Details on second round of trade aid payments expected soon

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    USDA is expected to announce details of a second round of assistance for soybean, wheat, sorghum, cotton, dairy and pork farmers hurt by upheaval in foreign markets, according to Michigan Farm Bureau Commodities Department Manager, Ernie Birchmeier.

    Gov. Snyder’s parting advice to Michigan farmers – Don’t become complacent

    Category: Politics

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    In his eighth consecutive and final address to Michigan Farm Bureau members attending the organization’s 99th annual meeting, Gov. Rick Snyder thanked the state’s agricultural industry for leading the state’s economic comeback in the early days of his administration eight years ago.

    Sell the rumor? Trade negotiations and soybean prices

    Category: Politics

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


    World soybean production is set for a strong marketing year.  U.S. soybean production is projected at 4.6 billion bushels for the 2018 crop, a 189 million bushels larger than the 2017 crop, and is set to push ending stocks for the current marketing year above 950 million bushels due to the reduced potential for exports. 

    Michigan Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting Nov. 27-29

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    Policies are ready for consideration, topics are waiting to be discussed, and awards are prepped to be handed be handed out to educators, legislators and Farm Bureau members at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Farm Bureau, taking place Nov. 27-29 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place, in Grand Rapids MI. Celebrating the organization’s “Bold History/Bright Future”, the event will define the organization’s 2019 agenda and offer members an opportunity to reflect upon their accomplishments over the prior year.

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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.