Michigan Farm News

  • A tasting room deferred: Michigan brewer denied variance request to start an agri-tourism spot

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    A Mason County brewer wants his home-based business rezoned as a microbrewery agribusiness. The Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals apparently disagrees.

    Michigan egg producers help with Egg-cellent supply, lower retail prices

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media


    Close to a quarter of a billion dozen eggs will be sold during the Easter holiday, many of which will be dyed for baskets, rolls and hunts. Others will be incorporated into breakfast casseroles and breads to be enjoyed during holiday gatherings. With a decline in egg prices this year over last, there will be more than an ample supply to brighten the faces of kids young and old.

    Michigan unveils Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program for 2019

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD; Farm News Media


    Farmers, processors and institutions of higher learning who are interested in Michigan’s newest agricultural crop — industrial hemp — will now have an opportunity to test the waters under the state’s new Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program.

    Corn fundamentals showing weakness

    Category: Crops

    by Todd Hubbs, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois


    A million bushel increase in 2018-19 ending stocks. At 2.035 billion bushels, the current ending stocks projection reflects weakening demand for corn that looks to continue through the second half of the marketing year.

    June 28 deadline for next ProFile program

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Now’s the time to nominate your most promising young agricultural leaders for the 2020-21 ProFile program, MFB’s elite leadership academy for young farmers.

    Culver’s: Restaurant chain to share stories from agricultural influencers

    Category: People

    by Culver's


    Back for its fourth consecutive year, #FarmingFridays returns April 26, 2019. The influencers will share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. The full #FarmingFridays lineup is:

    U.S. Beef, Poultry and Egg Products Gain New Market Access in Tunisia

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced recently that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia. 

    USDA announces nationwide mandatory electronic animal identification schedule

    Category: Livestock, Technology

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    If all goes as planned, the USDA intends to require the use of electronic ear tags using radio frequency identification (RFID) nationwide for beef, dairy cattle and bison moving interstate by Jan. 1, 2023, to speed up information capture and sharing of animal movement. If realized, livestock producers in other states will finally be catching up with their Michigan peers.

    Cover crop acreage up 50% nationally; 54% in Michigan over 5 years

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

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    Adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, an increase of 50% over five years, the census shows. According to MFB Field Crops Specialist Theresa Sisung, Michigan farmers were just slightly over the national average, boosting cover crops acres by 54% over the same period to 673,205 acres.

    MFB Young Farmers take note – complete the 2019 Young Farmer Survey and be entered to win!

    Category: People, Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Crops

    by Farm News Media


    If you’re a young farmer between the ages of 18 to 35, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 22-member State Young Farmer Committee wants to hear from you. The online 2019 Young Farmer Survey is intended to capture a complete understanding of young farmer members and their expectations.

    Avoid oak wilt: Don’t prune trees during risk period

    Category: People

    by MDNR


    To keep oak trees healthy, don’t prune them from mid-April through the summer.

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