While a profitable U.S. pork industry hinges on quick resolution of trade disputes and the elimination of tariff threats, Michigan Farm Bureau Livestock Specialist Ernie Birchmeier said the potential threat to Michigan’s pork industry could be extremely detrimental, citing the recent start-up of the Clemens Food Group pork processing facility in Coldwater.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting applications for the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge through Sept. 24.
“In 2016, we tested a HSD prototype on 12 common Arkansas weeds,” Norsworthy said. “On 11 of those 12, we had a 99 percent kill rate or better. On the 12th, we had a 97 percent kill rate.”
“Digital tools have shaped many industries and we are just scratching the surface on what it means for agriculture. Through the power of new digital tools and data analytics we can help increase farmer productivity and sustainability.”
The 2018 Michigan apple harvest is well-underway, with quantity and quality of most varieties looking positive. With an adequate labor supply in place, producers are overall pleased with this year’s crop.
Initial damage assessments in the days since hurricane Florence, North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has pegged livestock losses at 5,500 head of swine and 3.4 million poultry, following as much as 36 inches of rain and flooding.
Recently, four West Michigan agriculture industry leaders sat down with MiBiz reporter Mitch Galloway and Editor Joe Boomgaard for a roundtable discussion.
Encourage high schoolers to attend the 2018 Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Conference on November 9.
NIOSH reports that of the estimated two million full-time workers employed in the production of crops, livestock, and poultry in 2017, approximately 100 agricultural workers will suffer an injury resulting in lost work time on daily basis.
Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent.
Ten agricultural organizations have endorsed Sen. Debbie Stabenow for reelection to the U.S. Senate.
David Ricardo came from a London stockbroking family, made most of his considerable fortune from speculation during the financially turbulent Napoleonic war-era, cashed in and retired to an English country estate.
Jeff Andresen | September 15, 2018
A broad upper-air ridge across the Upper Midwest led to a very active weather pattern across Michigan and the Great Lakes region during the last week of August and first week of September, with significant rainfall across most areas of the state.
Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever now that the dog days of summer have yielded to the harvest season. Before long, they’ll be wrapping things up and looking for a paycheck, which under current economic conditions might be a little shorter than expected. But like farmers twice their age, they’ll persevere and give you a fresh harvest report in a couple weeks…ime to send you these reports.
Occasional rounds of scattered showers and thunderstorms brought welcome moisture to sections of Michigan during the first half of August, but most areas received only limited relief from prolonged dryness.
The harm from the tariffs is real, whether the trade war is justified or not. And there is a possibility of longer-run effects as well, such as an increase in the investment in agricultural infrastructure in other parts of the world.