Michigan Farm News
  • Farmer settles lawsuit for plowing his field

    Category: People

    by PLF, Farm News Media

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    “John and his counsel remain concerned that legal liability for farming without federal permission undermines the clear protections that the Clean Water Act affords to farming and poses a significant ongoing threat to farmers across the nation.” Duarte’s attorney said.

    U.S., Canadian, Mexican farm groups support modernized NAFTA

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    In their discussions, the three Presidents agreed on the need to build on the original agreement's success by looking for ways to increase trade volumes.

    AFBF launches Congressional scorecard and voting record

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

    Saginaw County Farm Bureau president Wayne Squanda argues Farm Bureau’s interpretation of EPA’s WOTUS ruling with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

    As key votes are recorded, AFBF will maintain scores and calculate the percentage at which each member voted in favor of AFBF’s position on key issues.

    Public hearing set for combined Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District

    Category: Politics

    by MDARD

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    The hearing is Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Brush Creek Mill, 121 S. State Street, Hillman.

    Congress poised for tax code overhaul

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

    Farm Equipment Mechanic

    The repeal of estate taxes and the continuation of stepped-up basis, along with reduced capital gains taxes, are important as well.

    Michigan’s role in pollinator protection

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Michigan’s agriculture industry is exploring how it can support efforts of the state’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plans.

    NAFTA and opportunities for agriculture

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Since NAFTA’s creation in 1994, U.S. farmers and ranchers have benefited from an increase in annual exports to Mexico and Canada.

    When small farm laws usurp farm businesses

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    The regulations typically failed to distinguish between commercial and hobby farms, ignored laws protecting commercial agriculture and addressed issues—pesticide use, animal health and animal welfare—that were beyond the board’s authority.

    Legislation on immigration misses ag’s mark

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    The provisions in the bill largely fall outside the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) priorities.

    Farm Bureau members appointed to Farm Produce Insurance Authority

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media, Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

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    Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Muskegon County Farm Bureau member Ted Crowley and Monroe County Farm Bureau member Mark Metz, to the state’s Farm Produce Insurance Authority.

    Reminder: Vote on Aug. 8

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Local elections are important and Michigan Farm Bureau encourages all its members to vote.

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  • Columns

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.
     

    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.