The American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
During a recent visit with Eaton County Farm Bureau members, Congressman Tim Walberg was presented with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award for his relentless work to support and defend sound agriculture policy.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with farmers and agribusiness leaders on Wednesday in Zeeland to discuss her proposal on increasing the gas tax to fix the state’s roads. It was the second of three scheduled meetings around the state with representatives from agriculture.
Wayne County Farm Bureau invested time and resources this week into helping two of its mostly urban-focused state legislators gain firsthand agriculture experience and knowledge by visiting three area farms.
This is probably one of the most difficult columns I have written so far, as I join fellow farmers across the state and throughout the country, trying our hardest to plant a crop or harvest feed to no avail. This spring, the pain and struggle is encountered by many, but as farmers we truly feel the stress, frustration, and excruciating desperation.
Michigan Farm Bureau applauds Governor Whitmer’s recent announcement opening the application window for the Connecting Michigan Communities grant program to increase broadband availability in underserved areas.
U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are among a bipartisan group introducing legislation to address the shortage of inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border by preventing the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods.
Trade has always been a vital part of farm income, and the importance of creating a level playing field for America’s farm families has only grown as the world population expands and demand for high-quality, home-grown American agriculture products rises. And on the front burner of the U.S. trade agenda is the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement that farmers across the heartland are calling on Congress to pass.
With Mexico’s recent approval of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and an expectation that Canada will take up a similar vote within weeks, U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI 4th Congressional District) said “it’s time for Congress to step up and do its job.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the appointment of several Farm Bureau members — among others — to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Eaton County Farm Bureau member Duane Smuts on Monday, July 8, to see an example of the damage and hardship experienced by many Michigan farmers caused by this spring’s unprecedented and extremely cool, wet weather.