Michigan Farm News
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  • Environmental goals with a profit

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    If you think the government is heavy-handed in enforcing environmental laws here, imagine if you had to run every farming move through an environmental court.

    Farm News Five: Michigan Livestock Expo recap

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    Watch this week's Farm News Five episode to learn about the Michigan Livestock expo recap, the states agriculture budget, McDonalds egg cracking competition and a MAC market report featuring Chris Betz.

    Organic regs: “Uncertainty and dysfunction”

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jacqui Fatka, Feedstuffs Foodlink

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    Steps needed to prevent future fraudulent imports and encourage transition of domestic acres to meet growing organic feed demand.

    Incentive program offered for propane-powered equipment

    Category: Technology

    by Propane Education & Research Council

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    Producers interested in participating in the updated program are encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of limited incentives available.

    Trucking rules delayed, farmers pleased

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    The requirements of the ELD mandate may force small business owners out of the marketplace while also having the unintended impact of jeopardizing the wellbeing of hauled animals.

    Detroit lawyer endorsed as friend of agriculture

    Category: Politics

    by Nicole Sevrey

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    Michigan Farm Bureau’s political action committee, AgriPac, recently announced its selection of Pam Sossi to receive its “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement in the House of Representative’s special election in the Detroit-based 1st district.

    Kids get educated at the 2017 MSU Great Dairy Adventure

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    The Great Dairy Adventure was geared to families, daycare centers, summer camps and anyone who wanted to learn more about dairy farming and sample free ice cream and other dairy products.

    Seed Costs for Corn in 2017 and 2018

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

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    Per acre seed costs for corn likely will not significantly decrease until corn acres decline.

    Clock ticking for farmers on tax reform

    Category: Opinion

    by Zippy Duvall

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    No matter its size, no farm should be shut out from the deductions and provisions that are designed to help businesses create jobs and boost the economy.

    Agro-terrorism bill advanced

    Category: Politics

    by Food Safety News, Farm News Media

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    H.R. 1238 will cost about $500,000 a year with such spending subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

    State mink production increases

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA, Farm News Media

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    The average price per pelt for the 2016 crop year was $35, compared to $31.10 in 2015.

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    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.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.
     

    Create a gun trust

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | May 3, 2017 

    Reisner 2I am frequently asked "what is a gun trust and when should I create one?" The short answer is that gun trusts are created primarily to acquire, possess and use firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA).

    Important considerations for capital investments

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2017 

     Leo PaschFor many farmers, it seems hardly a year goes by without some form of capital investment, whether in equipment, facilities, livestock or land.