Michigan Farm News

  • AFBF President Zippy Duvall appointed to White House Trade Advisory Committee

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall has been appointed to the White House’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

    Ag census attacked by professional critics

    Category: Politics

    by Farm Policy Facts


    Professional critics like the Environmental Working Group or Heritage often take advantage of the census’ low $1,000-sales threshold used to define a farmer – generating comparisons that make full-time family farms seem larger than they are. 

    Farm Bureau ‘Meeting Season’ now underway

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Here’s a rundown of what’s in store for the Farm Bureau Meeting Season, now underway.

    Do FDA ‘guidance’ documents skirt the regulatory process?

    Category: Opinion, Politics

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    Agency enforcement personnel regularly point to guidance documents as their basis for concluding that a regulated entity is not complying with the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

    Poll: Most Americans support Trump rewrite of WOTUS rule

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

    Ditch the Rule_DEC_MFN_2017

    58 percent agree the regulation “should be rewritten.”

    GROWMARK reports sales increases

    Category: Crops

    by Growmark

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    GROWMARK reports $7.3 billion in sales, $91 million in pretax income for FY 2017.

    Michigan’s Christmas tree growers encourage celebrating with a fresh, fragrant farm-grown Christmas tree

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Christmas Tree Association

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    Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of Christmas trees harvested, with nearly 700 growers supplying approximately 3 million fresh Christmas trees to the national market each year.

    18 Michigan counties named Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Category: People

    by USDA

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    Excessive rain prompted the designation.

    APHIS Wildlife Services to begin field trials on feral swine toxic bait

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA

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    More than 6 million feral swine are located in at least 35 states across the United States. Their damages to agricultural crops alone are estimated at $190 million each year. 

    Allan Overhiser of Overhiser Orchards in South Haven MI, recipient of Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State Horticultural Society

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Allan Overhiser of Overhiser Orchards in South Haven MI, was awarded the Michigan State Horticultural Society’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award at Great Lakes Expo on Dec 6, for his past service to the Hort Society, and to his dedication to his family and their multi-generational family farm.

    Michigan soybean yield gaps rank highest in 10 Midwest Regions

    Category: Crops

    by Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension

    Soybeans Map_DEC_MFN_2017

    Michigan is participating in a multi-state, checkoff-funded project to identify soybean yield gaps and the management practices responsible for them.

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    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.