Michigan Farm News

  • The Andersons to acquire Lansing Trade Group

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) has announced a merger agreement with Lansing Trade Group, LLC, its long-time affiliate, to acquire the 67.5 percent of Lansing equity that it does not already own for cash and stock currently valued at a total of approximately $305 million. 

    Hurricane Michael relief efforts announced in Florida and Georgia

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Florida and Georgia Farm Bureaus’ have provided information to help support families who have suffered crippling losses due to recent hurricanes.  In Florida’s Panhandle region, the effects of Hurricane Michael were felt over 80 square miles, devastating the state’s timber, cotton, tomato and vegetable growers and severely affecting those grazing cattle. 

    Candidate Profile: Dave Morgan, State Representative - 62nd District

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Dave Morgan has received the Michigan Farm Bureau AgiPac’s Friend of Agriculture endorsement in his bid to be elected as a State Representative for the 62nd District, located in Calhoun County, which is being vacated by current Rep. Dr. John Bizon.

    Five tips for residue and soil management for a wet fall harvest

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Harvest and tillage practices this fall will set the stage for crop performance next spring. Justin Render, product specialist with Kinze Manufacturing, offers five recommendations to help farmers set themselves up for success in 2019.

    Alma FFA builds on first grade partnership to teach Agriculture in the Classroom lessons

    Category: People

    by Samantha Ludlam


    On September 20, National Teach Ag Day celebrates these teachers and encourages students to consider a career in agricultural education. In honor of this celebration, Michigan Farm Bureau is highlighting the eight Michigan FFA Chapters which received the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award in 2018.

    O’Brien eager to continue work in 20th Senate District

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Margaret O’Brien is the AgriPac-endorsed Friend of Agriculture running for reelection in the state’s 20th Senate district encompassing Kalamazoo County. The licensed real estate agent has spent 15 years in public service, including seven years on the Portage City Council, prior to her time in the state House and Senate.

    CoBank Quarterly Outlook: Rising Output Squeezing Ag Margins

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by CoBank; Farm News Media


    Strong growth in the U.S. and global economies will support increased demand through the end of 2018, but U.S. competitiveness in 2019 will be constrained by trade uncertainties and the elevated value of the U.S. dollar, putting added pressure on the agricultural economy as output in most industries rises.

    Iosco County Farm Bureau members celebrate 150 years

    Category: People

    by Jenny Haglund, Iosco County News Herald


    What started as a small dairy business with 12 cows in 1868, Curry Farms has expanded into an operation which currently features 550 acres of property for 215 milking cows and 175 head of youngstock.

    Farm News Five: Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    MDARD Announces 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the Michigan recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. 

    New DEQ oversight committees announced

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey, Michigan Farm Bureau


    Gov. Snyder recently announced appointments to the state’s new Environmental Rules Review Committee and Environmental Science Advisory Board. Among the appointees is Tyler Ernst, assistant general counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau.

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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.