Michigan Farm News
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  • Searching for Bottoms

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Chris Betz, Michigan Ag Commodities

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    The fallout of last Thursday’s WASDE is still being felt this week as all three have been unable to return to values notched pre-report.

    Taking NAFTA to the next level

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Zippy Duvall, AFBF President

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    A truly modernized NAFTA will use science-based rules that prevent and resolve unfair trade barriers allegedly erected in the name of protecting animal, plant or human health.

    Does your farm need to expand?

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

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    In the long run, the only way to compete successfully in the farming business dominated by commodity production is to be a low-cost producer.

    Farm cropland value decreases

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by NASS

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    Michigan’s cropland value decreased 1.1 percent from the previous year to $4,450 per acre.

    Drought disaster loan deadline near

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by U.S. Small Business Administration, MDARD

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    The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

    ‘Pink slime’ settlement revealed: $177 million

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    BPI claimed it was damaged by a month-long series of reports by ABC News about “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB) ABC referred to the product, used as a less-expensive component in ground beef, as “pink slime” more than 350 times.

    USDA predicts big corn and soybean crop – markets take a dive

    Category: Crops

    by AFBF, John Newton, Farm News Media

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    USDA threw the commodity markets a curve ball with today’s Crop Production Report

    It’s National Farmers Market Week

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA

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    Throughout the week, thousands of U.S. farmers markets will highlight the range of produce, fruit, meat, dairy and specialty products available from their local and regional farmers.

    Fair Food Network gets $3.5 million USDA grant

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA, Farm News Media

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    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that $16.8 million will be granted to encourage SNAP participants to purchase healthy foods.

    MI farm real estate values hold steady

    Category: People

    by NASS & Farm News Media

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    Cash rents are trending down.

    Wool promotion campaign launched

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by AmericanWool.org

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    Whether you're in need of that perfect hiking sock, a winter coat or a blanket for use around the campfire, AmericanWool.org has you covered.

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  • Columns

    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.