Michigan Farm News

  • Proposed Siting GAAMP revisions draw fire

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    Although the book has officially closed on the public comment period to proposed revisions of the state’s Right to Farm Act’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs), the drama and challenges specifically to proposed revisions of Michigan’s Siting guidelines, calling for removal of any zoning conformance will likely continue.

    Farm News Five: Farm Bill Moves Forward

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    Cage-free eggs – a game of chicken with consumers?

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media


    California voters approved a ballot measure in November mandating the dates by which all eggs sold in the state come from chickens living in cage-free production systems. Proposition 12, a proposal that was heavily pushed by animal activist organizations, also included provisions on space requirements for veal and pork production.

    How does scaling back minimum wage increases affect Michigan farmers?

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Farm News Media


    The Michigan Legislature’s vote this month in favor of scaling back the state’s minimum wage increase will  likely benefit Michigan farmers and employers.

    Order to stop 4,000-head pig farm construction denied

    Category: Livestock

    by Justin McGuire, MLive


    An opposition group, Reviving our American Democracy (ROAD), has been denied its attempt to stop the construction of a nearly 4,000-head pig farm in West Michigan while it has a pending petition with the state.

    Fall 2019 enrollment now open for MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    Michigan State University’s (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT), often referred to as “Ag Tech” or “MSU’s Short Course,” is open for business, with applications now being accepted for Fall-2019 enrollment.

    China purchases U.S. soybeans, supposedly ending tit-for-tat tariff fight

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway, Farm News Media


    Reports that China is now purchasing soybeans from the United States is “good news” for American soybean farmers, industry experts say.

    USDA Market Facilitation Program – enroll by Jan. 15, 2019

    Category: Crops

    by USDA


    Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

    Health Insurance Tax suspension added to year-end tax package

    Category: Politics

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    The House Ways and Means Committee this week released a new end-of-year tax package, which included a suspension of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) through 2021 to long-term extensions of tax incentives for biodiesel and short-line railroads.

    Boxwood Blight found in Michigan for the first time

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease that attacks boxwood – a popular landscape shrub – has been detected for the first time in Michigan at three different locations in Southeast Michigan’s Oakland County.

    What happened to the three-year farm milk price cycle?

    Category: Livestock

    by Christopher Wolf, MSU Ag Economist


    In order to increase the milk-cow herd, heifer calves must be retained beyond simply replacing cull cows and these heifers must be raised to calving to produce milk.  One can easily see how a three year lag could make sense between the decision to increase or decrease milk supply and actual, significant supply changes.  This explanation implies that it is a cycle of supply over-reaction that drives farm milk prices.

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    Market Outlook: Large corn inventories don’t bode well for price outlook

    Dr. Jim Hiker | November 30, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)The November USDA/NASS Crop Production Report showed U.S. 2018 corn production to be 14.6 billion bushels, down 1% from the October estimate. It would still be the second largest crop on record, just below the 2016 record of 2016 of 15.1 billion bushels. 

    Weather Outlook: Warmer and drier days ahead…

    Jeff Andresen | November 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe development of an upper air trough across central and eastern North America during the last week of October led to northwesterly flow across the Great Lakes region and to an extended period of early winter weather through much of the first half of November.

    Field Focus- November 15, 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. 


    Weather Outlook: Above normal precipitation to continue

    Jeff Andresen | November 15, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngSeasonably cool and drier weather developed across the Great Lakes region during late October, allowing a resumption and/or acceleration of fall harvest and fieldwork activities across Michigan. With a persistent troughing pattern in place during much of the latter half of October, temperatures fell to below normal values, slowing grain dry down and soil evaporation rates.

    Drier days ahead for harvest?

    Jeff Andresen | October 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe jet stream flow across North America changed dramatically during mid-October, with the transition of the highly amplified western troughing/eastern ridging pattern of the past few weeks to a western ridging/ eastern troughing pattern.