• Take off the weight and wait for spring

    Category: People

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    If a farmer reduces his load by 35 percent, no permit is required. But there are complications within that exemption that could put the driver in violation of law.

    Expect another 3 percent decline in agriculture land prices, survey says

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Christopher Wolf and Eric Wittenberg, MSU

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    The trend in Michigan agricultural land prices was flat to down slightly in most regions in 2016. This was consistent with surrounding states.

    (Video) Are you paying too much?

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Nick Lund from Farmers Business Network speaks at the 2017 Crop Summit held in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.

    Farmers engage lawmakers face-to-face

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    MFB’s Lansing Legislative Seminar kicks off the organization’s 2017 policy calendar Feb. 21 at the Lansing Center.

    Recycling forum timed perfectly for microplastics report

    Category: Crops

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    Governor Rick Snyder has launched an initiative to double the state’s recycling rate.

    Blinders on horse slaughter bills

    Category: Livestock

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    “This type of legislation lacks common sense, the same lack that led to the last horse slaughter law, which (by banning horse slaughter) very obviously did horses more harm than good.”

    Supply chain butterfly effect

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor, Food Processing magazine

    Clemens hog farm

    The Clemens project also highlights the impact a small group of food industry players can have. Ground never would have been broken in Coldwater without such a group.

    Rental payments will continue to decline

    Category: Crops

    by David B. Schweikhardt, MSU

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    Total farm production expenses experienced a decrease during 2016, but far less than the decrease in revenue. This outlook sets the stage for a highly uncertain outlook for 2017.

    Michigan wins when immigrants face a fair, predictable system

    Category: Opinion

    by Michael D. LaFaive and John C. Mozena, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

    A continued stalemate on immigration reform means lower food production

    However important those responsibilities may be, they cannot override the fundamental need for due process and the rule of law in setting immigration policy.

    GR hosts annual Young Farmer conference Feb. 17-19

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    The next generation of Michigan farmers gathers this weekend in Grand Rapids for a fast-paced agenda geared toward their common goals of merging into the industry mainstream and heading full bore toward a prosperous future for their farms and families.

    How good research equipment provides consistent data

    Category: Technology

    by Tamra Boucher, Seed World

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    If the data is inconsistent from plot-to-plot or field-to-field, then the data can lead to inaccurate analysis, potentially leading to wrong choices.

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    Strength, record crops challenge farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | February 9, 2017 

    Paul Anderon pngFor the third consecutive year, farm-sector profitability is forecast to decline based on the reports for 2016.

    Who will bear the brunt of a NAFTA renegotiation?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | February 9, 2017 

     Brion Doyle pngPresident Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

    Land Values and Benchmarks

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | February 3, 2017 

     joe hickeyFor the past 30 plus years, AgriBank, FCB (AgriBank) and affiliated associations have employed a benchmark system to monitor changes in land values and to identify trends in the agricultural real estate market.

    Financial stress during tough times

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | December 7, 2016 

    Ian McGonigalBefore we can look to next year’s crop, we still have to settle up for 2016.

    Labor laws and compliance: Preparing for the year ahead

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | December 7, 2016 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs 2016 draws to a close, it is time to plan for next season's labor needs and compliance issues.