Michigan Farm News

  • Americans pay attention to food labels, but confused by what matters

    Category: Technology

    by Michigan State University; Farm News Media


    A majority of Americans say food labels influence their purchasing decision, according to the latest Michigan State University Food Literacy and Engagement Poll of 2,048 American consumers on a wide array of food topics conducted in August.

    Farm News Five: Lenawee County Ag Day

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    Farm News Five visits the Lenawee County ag day.

    Senate approval of WRDA clears the way for long-sought Soo Lock Improvements

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm News

    Legislation that is expected to lead to long-sought improvements and upgrades to the Soo Locks complex in Sault Ste. Marie, considered a vital linchpin to Michigan, the nation’s economy and national security, is headed to President Trump for signing, following approval in the U.S. Senate.

    Delivering commodities this fall? Make sure you’re protected

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD


    Recent news out of west-central Minnesota of alleged mismanagement, financial fraud, and a missing elevator manager as well an estimated $2 million in missing grain and cash at Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company is a reminder for farmers making grain deliveries this fall.

    USDA Grain Transportation Report: Soybean Inspections Highest Since February

    Category: Crops

    by USDA


    For the week ending October 11, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans), for export from all major U.S. export regions, reached 2.67 million metric tons (mmt), up 9 percent from the previous week, up 7 percent from last year, and unchanged from the 3-year average.

    EWG asks for MFP payment record details

    Category: Politics

    by Environmental Working Group


    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is seeking disclosure of details on the taxpayer-funded payments to farmers through President Trump’s $12 billion program for growers impacted by the president’s trade war.

    USMCA announcement – perfect timing for Michigan apple producers

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    As the U.S. apple industry’s top two export markets, the recent announcement of a breakthrough in negotiations for a new and improved North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now officially dubbed as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), couldn’t have come at a better time for Michigan apple producers.

    Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Careers Conference

    Category: People

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    The 2018 Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Conference on November 9 explores the basics of picking the right career and planning the right education to get where you want to go. Students can network with agriculture, food and natural resource professionals, visit with colleges and trade schools during the career fair, meet 200 other students interested in agriculture and win great prizes and giveaways.

    Daley endorsed for Senate by AgriPac in General Election

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    Vote for Friends of Agriculture in the Nov. 6 general election. Review our complete list of farm-friendly candidates at www.michfb.com/endorsements.

    Hemp: Not just for hippies anymore

    Category: Crops

    by Paul W. Jackson, Michigan Farm News


    For profit potential, marijuana may be the way to go. But for an agronomic crop that fits well into a rotation plan and adds a cash crop to the bottom line, hemp might be the better choice for Michigan farmers.

    Michigan farmers appointed to state soybean board

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee


    As the third - largest producer and exporter of sweet cherries in the world, U.S. producers have a lot at stake in the ongoing trade and retaliatory tariff dispute with China. With sales reaching in excess of $602 million in 2017, export volumes from the American sweet cherry producers represented approximately 18 percent of the global market.

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    Benchmark data shows steady trends in land values

    GreenStone FCS | October 15, 2018 

    Leasing equipment, facilities or vehicles often can bring benefits to businesses looking to reduce costs, improve cash flow and maximize tax advantages. Understanding if a lease is best for your business requires individual consideration, but there are some overall benefits of leasing that may make it the right decision for you. 

    Weather Outlook: Active weather pattern to continue

    Jeff Andresen | October 15, 2018

     Jeff Andresen pngThe resulting southwesterly flow across the Midwest led to a very active storm track across the region, and in many portions of Michigan, to heavy rainfall and extended fall fieldwork delays extending into early October.

    Field Focus- October 15, 2018

    Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever with harvest in full swing. Looks like they’re all optimistic about 2018 and into the future. Be sure to thank them for their reports this year and for their contributions to agriculture and society as a whole. 

    Field Focus- September 30, 2018

    Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever with harvest in full swing. Looks like they’re all optimistic about 2018 and into the future. Be sure to thank them for their reports this year and for their contributions to agriculture and society as a whole. 


    Prepare for harvest rain

    Jeff Andresen | September 30, 2018

     Jeff Andresen pngA strengthening upper-air ridge across the Midwest brought warm, dry weather to most of Michigan during the middle of September, allowing maturing crops and soils to dry/drain following a period of much- above normal rainfall during late August and September.