USDA has announced heightened surveillance measures of its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness through the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in coordination with the swine industry and state-level veterinary diagnostic laboratories for expedited testing. The highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs has never been detected in the United States.
“Farming accidents” are taking a toll on farming communities all across the country. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), 570 ag workers will die in Michigan this year because of work-related injuries. Twenty of those deaths will be in an ag-related field.
Michigan Farm Bureau is urging members to contact President Trump and members of the state’s Congressional delegation, asking for expedited passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The facility produces 2,200 tons of feed per week and meets the demand of central Michigan hog, dairy and poultry customers for speed, flexibility, quality and biosecurity. The location has 90,000 bushels of storage and almost 40 ingredient bins. The automated loadout bins — there are 18 of them — can hold 522 tons of segregated storage to meet a variety of livestock producer needs. The site can receive 7,500 bushels of grain per hour.
Although updated planting progress data as of Monday, May 20, had not been posted, it’s not expected to show much improvement from last week’s figures. This update follows a series of spotty rain events over the past week, which included a string of severe storms that moved across the state this past weekend.
Audrey Sebolt has joined the Michigan Farm Bureau as the new associate horticulture and industry relations specialist. Serving the last 20 years as a research and project assistant at Michigan State University, Sebolt brings a wealth of experience she can utilize and share with the state’s specialty crop growers.
Eleven Michigan State University (MSU) students pursuing livestock industry-related programs of study for the 2019-20 academic year were recently awarded $33,000 in scholarships by the Michigan Livestock Industry Scholarship Foundation (MLISF). Since 2010, MLISF has awarded a total of $320,000 in honorary scholarships.
Young people with a passion for protecting and improving Michigan’s natural areas, meeting new friends, gaining leadership experience and having fun outdoors are encouraged to apply for a spot on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council.
The joint-venture project between Quality Roasting and the Wisconsin-based grain supplier DeLong Co. is expected to process 2.2 million bushels of soybeans annually.
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U.S. agriculture finally got some good trade news for the first time in a long time today, following an announcement by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports. This paves the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef market.