Michigan Farm News
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  • Crop conditions bullish

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Chris Betz, Michigan Ag Commodities

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    Crop conditions, released late Monday afternoon, were the story for Tuesday’s trade.

    Europe sets example for U.S. milk labelling

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by NMPF, Farm News Media

    soy milk

    European Union regulations that prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using terms like “milk,” “cheese” and “yogurt” is a victory for the same battle occurring in the United States.

    USDA halts import of fresh Brazilian beef

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA

    beef cows eating

    The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

    Pink slime trial begins week 4

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Food Safety News

    Pink slime

    Network's lawyer asks Beef Products Inc. witness about 60 percent sales drop preceding ABC reports

    Devastating rains slam mid-Michigan crops

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dennis Rudat

    Devastating Rain WEB

    In a matter of weeks, or some cases - days, many mid- Michigan farmers went from concerns of drought to wondering if they’ll have a crop to harvest this fall because of too much rain.

    MOU paves the way for more U.S. dairy exports to China

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Farm News Media

    cows being milked

    The United States and China have endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that promises to give U.S. dairy exporters increased access to China in the short-term and paves the way for additional U.S. entrants in the future.

    Anticipating the June 1 corn stocks estimate

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Todd Hubbs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

    field corn

    USDA's release of the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on June 30 will provide an estimate of corn stocks in storage as of June 1, 2017.

    Sugar producers support revised Mexican trade agreement

    Category: Farm News Stories

    by Farm News Media

    sugar beet field

    After an intense week of discussions and negotiations with the Department of Commerce, the American Sugar Alliance has finally endorsed the agreement to bring Mexico’s subsidized sugar industry into compliance with U.S. trade laws.

    With a click, Chinese consumers could soon purchase Michigan cherries

    Category: Farm News Stories

    by Farm News Media

    cherries closeup

    Michigan's farmers and growers are always looking for new and bigger markets for their products.

    The growing e-commerce opportunity in China for U.S. farmers

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Eric Pelletier, Alibaba Group

    china statue

    Tmall, Alibaba’s e-commerce business to consumer platform which reaches approximately 500 million shoppers, has already teamed up with many U.S. agriculture and food organizations to access this growing Chinese consumer

    Steady land market values defies commodity markets

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Farm News Media

    farm land drone

    Despite entering a fourth year of projected lower farm incomes, land values are holding their own, especially in Michigan, according to the latest report from Farmers National Company (FNC), a leading agricultural landowner services company.

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  • Columns

    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.

    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.