Michigan Farm News
  • Act now on new and improved Clean Water rule

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey | Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Michigan Farm Bureau is asking members to show support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed new Clean Water rule.

    Legislature overturns Whitmer’s order abolishing DEQ oversight panels

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    In just over a week’s time, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed a measure effectively nullifying Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order that would have abolished three Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) oversight panels advocated for by Michigan Farm Bureau in 2018.

    Farmers need details following Whitmer’s State of the State

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her inaugural State of the State address Tuesday night with no mention of farming or agriculture but addressing—to an extent—long-time challenges core to the state’s food and agriculture system: infrastructure and skilled trades.

     

    MFB supports House vote to overturn Whitmer’s EO

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    On the heels of Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order making numerous changes to environmental and rulemaking government functions and responsibilities—including abolishing three Department of Environmental Quality oversight panels—the Legislature is acting quickly on a resolution to overturn the order.

    Legislators honor Farm Bureau’s 100 years of service

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Michigan Congressman Jack Bergman, State Representative Angela Witwer and State Senator Roger Victory helped Michigan Farm Bureau and its members celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary this week with commemorative legislative resolutions.

    Once ‘abandoned,’ equine members hope proposed legislation will ‘rejuvenate’ industry

    Category: Politics

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    There’s been a lot of heartache and heartbreak for members of Michigan’s equine industry.

    To Aaron Rice, the “uphill battles” and “abandoned hope” endured by equine operators during the Great Recession were more than just metaphors — more than just clichés used by high school football coaches. 

    For Rice, it’s real life

    STATE OF THE UNION: Pres. Trump calls for bipartisan Congressional action to ‘deliver for American workers’ and farmers

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Promising his efforts to negotiate a better trade deal for American workers will also lead to an expansion of U.S. agriculture trade, President Donald Trump called on Congressional members to focus on “bipartisan action,” during his second State of the Union address Tuesday evening. He urged members from both chambers, and parties, to approve the proposed new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) to restore the “dreams shattered” by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

    AFBF: Trade, Labor, Infrastructure, Regulatory Reform and connecting with 116th Congress top 2019 priorities

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) board of directors has approved the organization’s 2019 strategic action plan goals that they feel require the focus of intensive, cross-functional planning and grassroots engagement:

    Whitmer eliminates DEQ panels providing transparency, accountability

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    MFB President Carl Bednarski voiced disappointment on behalf of the organization’s more than 42,000 farmer members regarding Gov. Whitmer’s decision to abolish three oversight committees—created just last year—to increase transparency and accountability with the Department of Environmental Quality; now the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

    ‘Shining a light on agricultural solar energy development’

    Category: Politics

    by M. Charles Gould, MSU Extension Educator; Farm News Media

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    In an effort to help farmers understand the nuances of solar leases, zoning considerations, and accompanying tax implications, MSU Extension and Michigan Farm Bureau are holding a series of educational meetings at four locations around the state, starting March 14 through April 10.

    Meeting series focused on ag, local zoning conflicts

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    A new Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program – Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning, and Farm Preservation through Diversification — will be presented this spring in four locations across the state to educate both farmers and local government officials. Sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau, the meetings are intended to resolve local zoning conflicts for farm operations wanting to pursue new economic opportunities, such as agri-tourism, renewable energy project and on-farm retail and processing value-add ventures.

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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.