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.
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Multiple romaine lettuce recalls in 2018 has led to more sales at a West Michigan aquaponics operation.
Dozens of bills relevant to the agriculture industry and Farm Bureau policy are quickly progressing through the Michigan House and Senate this week.
Miles’ passion for plant pathology began as an undergraduate pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry at Western Michigan University. He furthered his studies in plant pathology during his doctoral studies at MSU on a postharvest disease of blueberries.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has announced new leadership for 2019 following recent elections. Otsego County Farm Bureau member and potato seed-stock grower Ben Sklarczyk has been elected as chairman and Matt Wilkes as vice chairman.
As of November 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 million. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products. Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. beef.
Based on legal filings, Michigan Farm News has learned that Michael “Mike” and Melissa Stamp have both been named as co-defendants in a new five-count “Superseding Indictment” on federal charges, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan’s Southern Division on Nov. 14.
Among those charges are the conspiracy to commit bank fraud and crop insurance fraud.
According to those court documents, Mike and Melissa Stamp of the Decatur, Mich.- based Stamp Farms LLC and Northstar Grain LLC “knowingly conspired, confederated, and agreed among themselves and with persons known and unknown to the grand jury, to defraud Wells Fargo Bank,” a federally-insured financial institution.
AgHelp Corp. of Belding, MI has been chosen as one of the final four teams in the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, where they’ll compete for a total of $25,000 at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. AgHelp Corp. has developed an agricultural “app-based” employment recruitment tool that will link interested farmers and potential employees together. It will be used for both domestic and H-2A Seasonal Guest Worker recruitment.
Branch County Farm Bureau’s Brian Pridgeon of Pridgeon Farms talks about farming and much more on a recent podcast with MI Grown MI Great’s Carla Wardin, including technology their using on the farm to prevent farmer fatigue, the connection between a master’s degree in communications and raising pigs, and what he’d do for a career if he wasn’t a farmer.
Awards and scholarships were handed out Dec. 5 at the 18th Annual Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO held at the Amway Grand Hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An educator, industry leaders and farmers were recognized for their contributions to the industry. Videos on the four winners can be seen here.
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.
The 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.
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.
Seasonably 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.
The 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.