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  • Today's market report

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Chris Betz, Michigan Ag Commodities

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    Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge offers $145K in startup funds for entrepreneurs

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by AFBF

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    The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture.

     

    Mexico critical to U.S. grain industry

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by U.S. Grains Council

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    “The Mexican election was historic and also injects new elements into the already complicated U.S.-Mexico trading relationship and global grain markets.”

    Beef on the hoof vs. beef from the lab

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dan Flynn, Food Safety News

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    Ranchers by the hundreds are set to gather Sept. 5-6 at the Big Horn Resort near Billings, MT, for the Cattle Producer’s Forum. The traditional protein producers will be focused on combatting “the rising trend” of plant-based and lab-grown protein alternatives.

    USDA Fresh Fluid Milk Purchase Program announced

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by USDA

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    These purchases are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation.

    Farmers Market at the Capitol set for Aug. 23

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by MIFMA

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    “Our goal is to remind legislators that farmers markets stimulate the local economy, foster community development, and support the health and well-being of community residents.”

    Tillerman Seeds acquires Wisconsin’s Legacy Seeds, Inc.

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Tillerman Seeds

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    A Michigan firm creates a $40 million agribusiness company with second acquisition.



    MPP improvements: Are they working?

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by By Dr. John Newton, AFBF Chief Economist/Farm News Media

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    The decline in covered milk is likely due to farmers opting to purchase protection as close to 5 million pounds as possible – the average volume of covered milk per farm is slightly higher than 6 million pounds.

    Cheese plant finally a go in St. Johns

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Farm News Media

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    The plant will bring more than 250 jobs and use 8 million pounds of milk per day to produce 800,000 pounds of cheese per day.

    Dairy Revenue Insurance available soon

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by AFBF/MI Farm News

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    A new dairy insurance service from American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) will bring an extra level of support to a dairy sector that has been battered by losses over the past four years. AFBIS’ Dairy Revenue Protection insurance policy, available by early October, covers potential revenue loss over five quarterly insurance periods.

    What should you do about 2019 cash rents?

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois; Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University.

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    Farmers are reluctant to ask for lower cash rents because of competition for farmland and the fear of losing farmland.  As a group, farmers appear to be pursuing a strategy of taking current losses on rented farmland in the hopes of higher returns in future years.

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  • Columns

    Lights of hope for dairy producers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | August 15, 2018 

    Recent market upticks, along with new proposed dairy processing in Michigan, are signaling a new light of hope for dairy farmers as they battle through one of the longest downturns in dairy marketing in recent history.

    Field Focus: August 15, 2018

    It’s still too dry for most of your Field Focus reporters as we reach mid-August. But they remain optimistic and are looking forward to fall harvest right around the corner.

    Field Focus: July 15, 2018

    Dry and hot was a persistent theme identified by Michigan Farm News’s Field Focus reporters for the July 15 edition. By now the drought has ended in most of the state, but we’ll wait for the Aug. 15 report to see if conditions have changed enough to keep alive the optimism our seven reporters have displayed this year.

    Field Focus - June 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions.

    Field Focus - May 30, 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions.