Michigan Farm News
  • What's the dollar value of preventative maintenance?

    Category: Technology, Crops

    by Grainger

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    the goal is to save the company money through routine maintenance that is preventative instead of reactive, which means a steady output or even increased level of output.

    Farming and apps go phone in hand

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

    Farming and apps go phone in hand

    Farmers today have a whole new world at their fingertips, thanks to apps

    R&D Pipeline keeps flowing at Climate Corp

    Category: Technology, Crops

    by Dennis Rudat

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    Despite the continued downturn in the farm economy, Climate Corp., doesn’t appear to be losing their focus on research and development of new products and services in the “Digital Ag Space.”

    Solar leases subject of MSUE meetings

    Category: Technology

    by M. Charles Gould, MSUE

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    Meetings are designed to assist farmers in understanding solar lease agreements and the implications on property rights and taxes.

    Snyder signs order to improve broadband

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    The order creates the Michigan Consortium for Advanced Networks, which is directed to establish a roadmap to help strengthen statewide broadband access and connectivity.

    In demand! FARM Science Lab 2

    Category: People, Technology

    by Carla Wardin

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    The FARM Science Lab’s spring 2017 pilot program reached more than 7,500 students in 25 different schools in eight school districts in just 15 weeks.

    The future revolutionary role of wood

    Category: Technology, Markets & Weather

    by David N. Bengston, Research and Development, USDA Forest Service

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    These and many other marvels of wood product innovation could make the 21st century the century of wood, increasing demand for wood.

    Details of rural broadband executive order emerge

    Category: Technology

    by AFBF

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    The order directs the General Services Administration to develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility locations on other property owned by the federal government within 180 days. 

    Broadband: Who will pay for it?

    Category: Technology

    by Sheila O. Schimpf, the AARP Bulletin

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    “The failure of public policy to address this critical need must be addressed,” the Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, said in a statement.

    Executive order signed for broadband in rural areas

    Category: Technology, Politics

    by AFBF

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    This Executive Order directs the General Services Administration to develop a common form and master contract for wireless facility locations on buildings and other property owned by the federal government within 180 days.

    Exercise due diligence prior to hiring third-party drone services

    Category: Technology

    by LeClairRyan

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    Benefits of using third-party services can be tremendous, writes LeClairRyan's Mark A. Dombroff, but hired pilots need to be licensed, insured--and sticklers about FAA rules

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  • Columns

    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.
     

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.
     

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.
     

    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.