Michigan Farm News

  • USDA stepping up African Swine Fever surveillance efforts

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    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.

    Safety first: Michigan farmers must ‘slow down’ when dealing with hazardous equipment, confined spaces

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    “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.

    Tell Trump, Congress: we’re done waiting for USMCA

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    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.   

    A feed journey — the best of unintended consequences

    Category: Crops

    by Ceres Solutions; Farm News Media


    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. 

    Prevented Planting decisions – Four points to ponder after weekend storms

    Category: Livestock, Markets & Weather, Crops

    by David Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights; Farm News Media


    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 named new horticulture specialist at Michigan Farm Bureau

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    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.

    Michigan’s livestock industry announces $33,000 in scholarship

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    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.

    Applications now being accepted for NRC Youth Conservation Council; apply by June 7

    Category: People

    by MDNR


    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.

    Breaking ground: New soybean processor to help dairy, soybean farmers once complete

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    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.

    Farm News Five: Trade Disputes and GAAMP Updates

    Category: Farm News Five

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    Good trade news, finally: U.S. beef gets full access to Japan

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media


    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.

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