Michigan Farm News
  • Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge: $145K in startup funds on the table for Food & Ag Entrepreneurs

    Category: Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Markets & Weather, Crops, Politics

    by American Farm Bureau Federation

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    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.

    Walberg receives Friend of Farm Bureau award during Eaton County farm stop

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.

    Whitmer, farmers open dialogue about roads

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Urban rep ‘excited to do better for Michigan agriculture’

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.

    Farm Bureau members — making the best of challenging times

    Category: Politics

    by Carl Bednarski | Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.

    $20 million in state-level grants available to expand broadband access

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau, Office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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    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.

    Sen. Peters responds to ag inspection shortage at U.S. borders

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.

    Our View: Time is ticking as farmers ask Congress to pass USMCA

    Category: Politics

    by Farm Policy Facts

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    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.

    Rep. Moolenaar on USMCA: ‘It’s time for Congress to step up and do its job’

    Category: Politics

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media

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    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.”

    Four Farm Bureau members selected for potato commission

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the appointment of several Farm Bureau members — among others — to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.

    Governor visits Eaton County farm, signs aid bill to help farmers

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.

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