Michigan’s Cloverland Electric Cooperative is receiving a $42.9 million loan to improve the generation system and upgrade security measures. The loan will also be used to build and improve 80 miles of line and invest nearly $832,000 in smart grid technologies. Cloverland Electric serves nearly 43,000 residential and commercial consumers in Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties in Michigan.
As trade wars continue between the United States and major trading partners, farm equipment sales numbers mirror the uncertainty within the industry. U.S. sales saw minimal growth in most categories while Canada dropped in all but two, according to the latest Association of Equipment Manufactures sales data.
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture unveiled FARM Science Lab II (Food, Agriculture, & Resources in Motion) at Michigan Farm Bureau’s Centennial event on Fri., June 14, 2019. The 40-foot mobile classroom helps reinforce grade-level standards with hands-on science experiments while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. The first lab, rolled out in 2017, has been visited by over 31,000 students across Michigan.
State officials announced Monday a decision to allow land currently enrolled in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation program, commonly known as PA 116, to be used for commercial solar array purposes.
Corteva Inc. has successfully completed its separation from DowDuPont, becoming a leading, global pure-play agriculture company that offers complete solutions farmers need to maximize yield and profitability. Corteva Agriscience provides farmers around the world with some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer, Granular, Brevant seeds, as well as award-winning crop protection products.
According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, the U.S. ethanol industry produced over 40 million tons of dried distillers’ grains (DDGs) last year, making the “by-product” a major ingredient in many beef and dairy total mixed rations.
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy officials announced this week $626,573 in grants awarded to eight school districts in Michigan – Fennville, Fowlerville, Hamilton, Hillsdale, Hopkins, Livonia, Ludington and Wayne-Westland – to help purchase 28 new school buses. The new buses will use either clean diesel or propane technology, which will reduce kids’ exposure to harmful exhaust fumes and particles from the buses while riding and when they are getting on and off.
If you’re a Michigan grape grower interested in learning and hearing from world-renowned researchers such as Dr. Richard Smart, Dr. Wayne Wilcox and MSU’s Dr. Paolo Sabbatini, put the 2019 Viticulture Field Day on your calendar for Thursday, June 13
Entomologists at the University of Guelph in Canada have confirmed European corn borer (ECB) resistance to Cry1F Bt trait (Herculex 1) in corn, marking the first case of ECB resistance to any type of Bt corn. The resistant populations were collected at the end of the 2018 field season from multiple sites in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada, and screened for resistance in the lab this past winter. Single Trait Hybrids were still being sold and planted where the resistance was identified in Canada. In a perfect world, those hybrids were supposed to be phased out by now in favor of pyramided hybrids with multiple Bts.
The Michigan State University (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) will offer a new certificate program in Food Processing, Technology and Safety in partnership with community colleges starting in the fall 2019 semester.
Newly created CentralStar Cooperative is offering seven, $1,000 scholarships this year — two of which are designated for technical-school or short-course students. Applicants must be presently enrolled in a four-year college or a one- or two-year technical college or short-course program in an agricultural-related field. Applicants can also be a high-school senior admitted into one of the programs.