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    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau

    Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) hosted the 2018 Candidate Interview Forum Aug. 15 in Lansing, giving the state’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contenders a platform in front of more than 120 farmers and agribusiness leaders.

    Farm News Five: AgriExpo Wrap

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    State cropland value decreases 2.2 percent

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    Cropland cash rents in the Lake States also remained unchanged from last year at $153 per acre.

    Potato late blight confirmed in Monroe County

    Category: Crops

    by MSUE

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    Rob Schafer, with Mid-Michigan Agronomy, reported that affected potatoes were located at the edge of the field with lesions occurring in the upper parts of the canopy.

    Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge offers $145K in startup funds for entrepreneurs

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by AFBF

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    The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture.

     

    Mexico critical to U.S. grain industry

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by U.S. Grains Council

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    “The Mexican election was historic and also injects new elements into the already complicated U.S.-Mexico trading relationship and global grain markets.”

    Barn weddings in the zone

    Category: Politics

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    It was less than a year ago that Nixon’s right to conduct weddings in his family farm’s 98-year old barn was confirmed in court. And since that time, nothing the township has done has been targeted toward Nixon, according to Webster Township Planning Commission Chair Andrea Zamansky.

    Beef on the hoof vs. beef from the lab

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    Ranchers by the hundreds are set to gather Sept. 5-6 at the Big Horn Resort near Billings, MT, for the Cattle Producer’s Forum. The traditional protein producers will be focused on combatting “the rising trend” of plant-based and lab-grown protein alternatives.

    Farm production expenditures up more than 3 percent

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    Farm production expenditures in the United States were $359.8 billion for 2017, up from $346.9 billion in 2016.

    MI Soy See for Yourself Tour planned for Sept. 5

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

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    Ever wonder where the soybean goes? Now you can see firsthand! All Michigan soybean farmers and others in the industry who are interested in a one-day tour are welcome to join us for the first ever MI Soy See for Yourself Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

    On the road for pollinators

    Category: Crops

    by Melissa Shipman, Seed World

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    Monarch butterflies travel around 3,000 miles each year on their annual migration. This summer, a team from Syngenta took a trip of their own in honor of National Pollinator Week, and though there are important pollinator habitat projects going on across the country, the road trip followed the Monarch Highway.

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    Lights of hope for dairy producers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | August 15, 2018 

    Recent market upticks, along with new proposed dairy processing in Michigan, are signaling a new light of hope for dairy farmers as they battle through one of the longest downturns in dairy marketing in recent history.

    Field Focus: August 15, 2018

    It’s still too dry for most of your Field Focus reporters as we reach mid-August. But they remain optimistic and are looking forward to fall harvest right around the corner.

    Field Focus: July 15, 2018

    Dry and hot was a persistent theme identified by Michigan Farm News’s Field Focus reporters for the July 15 edition. By now the drought has ended in most of the state, but we’ll wait for the Aug. 15 report to see if conditions have changed enough to keep alive the optimism our seven reporters have displayed this year.

    Field Focus - June 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.

    Field Focus - May 30, 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.