Michigan Farm News

  • FDA asked to allow interstate sales of raw milk

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    “Parents should know the choice they are making when giving their children raw milk.”

    25 Years of Project RED in Osceola County

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

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    Project RED, or Rural Education Day, has been the bedrock of ag education for the Osceola County Farm Bureau.

    Proposed agriculture budget fails farmers, but not a done deal

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media, AFBF

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    “There’s no sense in getting all worked up about something that will look vastly different tomorrow than it does today.”

    Trump Administration's USDA budget proposal “fails agriculture”

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF and Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media

    Overall farm bill spending would be cut $240 billion over a 10-year period. Approximately $46 billion of those savings would come from agriculture programs – while the other $194 billion would be slashed from the nutrition programs.

    Senate committee advances regulatory reform bill

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    Agencies must engage in greater outreach and do so sooner in the process. Increased transparency and disclosure can only help to instill greater confidence in the system. That confidence is too often lacking today,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said.

    When farmers succeed, America succeeds

    Category: Opinion

    by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, as published in Farm Policy Facts

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    America's farmers and ranchers need pro-growth policies that will help them compete and win across the globe - but especially here at home.

    Key FSMA rules for fruit and vegetable growers

    Category: Crops

    by Dean Peterson

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    This is the last installment in a series about the Food Safety Modernization Act.

    When should you cut hay?

    Category: Crops

    by Phil Kaatz, MSUE

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    Michigan alfalfa scouting report and cutting schedule for this week

    Tax reform central to improving economy, Farm Bureau tells Congress

    Category: Politics

    by AFBF

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    Weather, high debt-service, a lack of liquidity and the difficulties of passing on land from one generation to the next all make taxation an important issue for farmers and ranchers.

    Conservation funds available for Michigan farmers

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    USDA conservation financial assistance helps farmers with the cost of implementing a variety of conservation practices proven to reduce soil erosion, protect water quality, improve soil health, and provide quality habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires

    Category: Opinion

    by Jason Hayes, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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    The EPA actually classified a mere 1,069 out of its 16,205 employees as essential during the 2013 federal government shutdown. So asking department officials to struggle through with an $8.06 billion budget in 2017 — compared to the $8.2 billion they received in 2016 — is not imposing a serious hardship.

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    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.

    What's the status of WOTUS?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | April 3, 2017 

     PhelpsThe EPA and Army Corps had been without a valid WOTUS definition for some time.

    Executive order brings new level of ag labor uncertainty

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | March 15, 2017 

     Kimberly Clark pngEmployers should prepare for immigration enforcement impact