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April 17, 2015
Farmers nationwide caught a slight whiff of progress this week when their protracted struggle to repeal estate taxes inched forward in Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives April 16 voted 240-179 in support of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. Farm Bureau policy has long sought the elimination of estate—or “death”—taxes, which make it difficult for families to pass along farms from one generation to the next.
April 16, 2015
Michigan agriculture this week lost one of its most devoted champions this week with the death of former Dist. 78 State Representative Neal Nitz. The Berrien County fruit, vegetable and grain farmer died April 13 at the age of 61.
Gnashing at the bit to get into the fields with planters in tow, many of Michigan’s row crop farmers have a residual issue nagging at them from their underwhelming 2014 crop. After months in storage, what remains of last year’s harvest may be stubbornly bound together, or “bridged.” Breaking it free is one of the more dangerous tasks farm workers face, so farmers are being advised to exercise caution.
April 3, 2015
It’s no accident the number of Michigan’s farmers markets has grown almost 50 percent in the last few years. Combine First Lady Michelle Obama’s push for healthier food with the ability of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants to double their purchasing power at farmers’ markets, and there seems to be nowhere to go but up for a food marketing system that brings consumers closer to their food sources.
As Michigan thaws out from yet another lovely winter, the state’s farmers are gnashing at the bit to hit the fields. The 2015 planting season will be under way momentarily, first with sugar beets in the Thumb and across the Saginaw Valley, then corn—lots and lots of corn—across the southern and central Lower Peninsula.
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