Three Michigan Farm Bureau members are among Gov. Whitmer’s recent appointments to the Michigan Beef Industry Commission and Michigan Corn Marketing Program Committee.
The House and Senate recently took their first full votes on 2019-20 funding recommendations for the state agriculture department. According to Michigan Farm Bureau, final budget numbers for all state departments, higher education and school aid budgets could be influenced further by road funding negotiations.
As of June 6, 2019, Tony and Jeanie Igl, along with her father Sid Hawkins, had just 16 percent of their crops planted on their 2,500 acres in Ingham County. With the fields too wet to work in, they took the opportunity to welcome freshman Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan’s 8th District to their farm. There, they discussed the challenges that this year’s weather has presented to farmers, along with other issues related to their livelihood.
A federal court has invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ 2015 expansion of federal jurisdiction over small and isolated waters. After years of litigation in suits filed by dozens of state governments and trade groups, this is the first court to reach a final decision on the lawfulness of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule.
Michigan Farm Bureau is urging members to contact President Trump and members of the state’s Congressional delegation, asking for expedited passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Citing a $10 billion loss in U.S. agricultural exports to China in 12 months, the most recent tariff spat and a rapidly deteriorating farm economy, time and patience are in short supply for American farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
Michigan farmers are concerned over recent legislation involving the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
The Michigan Senate today passed legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance by cracking down on fraud and abuse, which costs the average family hundreds of dollars a year in additional premiums, stopping medical providers from dramatically overcharging for procedures, and giving consumers a choice in their level of medical coverage, just like drivers in every other state
The House and Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittees finalized funding recommendations for the state agriculture department; House recommending a 0.9% decrease, the Senate a 2.3% increase.
The Conservation Stewardship Program provides annual payments to producers to maintain the conservation they already have in place and then provides financial assistance for applying additional conservation activities to address one additional resource concern on each land use.
Farm and Rancher Aid from West Michigan
departed from Wayland Livestock Auction on Friday, April 19, 2019 with a
combination of 16 semis and trunk and trailer rigs loaded with hay, fencing,
feed and veterinary supplies to assist those in need in various Nebraskan
communities after flooding has resulted in devastating losses on ranches to both
livestock and property. Estimates are over $1 billion.