Michigan Farm News
  • DNR confirms cougar report from Gogebic County

    Category: People

    by MDNR


    A mountain lion image caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County has been confirmed as the state’s 39th cougar report since 2008. The cat was photographed July 7 in daylight hours northwest of Ironwood, in the far western portion of the Upper Peninsula.

    Farm Bureau Family of Companies announces partnership with Eastern Market

    Category: People

    by Farm Bureau Insurance


    The Farm Bureau Family of Companies, comprised of Michigan Farm Bureau and its affiliates including Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and the Agent Charitable Fund, announced a major partnership with Detroit’s historical Eastern Market. This new sponsorship will help further the goal of building a healthier, more prosperous Detroit.

    A tale of 2 farm transitions — which one is yours?

    Category: People

    by Stanley Moore, MSU Extension


    Business transition is more than an ownership transition. In fact, ownership transition is relatively easy compared to management transition. Management transition includes giving the younger generation mini-management responsibilities and allowing them the opportunity to succeed and sometimes even more important, the opportunity to fail. Consider these two farms — which one represents your operation?

    Michigan seeks members for citizen advisory workgroup on PFAS contamination

    Category: People

    by EGLE


    The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) seeks members of the public to join a new Citizen Advisory Workgroup (CAW) to advise the state on its ongoing response to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

    Antler Point Restrictions & CWD on NRC agenda this week

    Category: People

    by MDNR


    Hunting and trapping at Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve, antler point restrictions, communications about chronic wasting disease and several awards honoring employees' lifesaving efforts are just some of the agenda items for the next meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Aug. 8, at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing.

    Ag-vocating in the Classroom – a new perspective…

    Category: People

    by Stacey Lauwers, St. Clair County Farm Bureau member


    Michigan Farm Bureau member Stacey Lauwers recently joined more than 400 educators from around the country to learn how to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The three-day conference featured workshops focused on educational lessons taught through the lens of agriculture.

    The true meaning of community shines with the sale of a hog

    Category: People

    by Jason Clark, Pioneer Auction Service; Farm News Media


    Carly Dunham of Cedar Springs had a hog named Blake who was over the weight limit to be sold at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. She asked if it could be sold at the end of the sale to benefit a mother of four who had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. They granted her request and it actually sold twice, for a total of $13,860.

    Update: Osceola County deer farm/ranch owner pleaded no contest to DNR charges

    Category: People

    by MDNR


    The owner of two privately owned cervid (POC) facilities in Osceola County, Michigan, reappeared in court last week for sentencing related to 11 arrest warrants resulting from a Michigan Department of Natural Resources investigation. Facility owner Ryan Hopkins, 42, of Sears, Michigan, pleaded no contest to four of the 11 counts, including failure to maintain facility standard fencing, failure to submit annual inventories, failure to comply with individual animal identification, and operating an unregistered facility.

    EGLE announces new addition to lead communication efforts

    Category: People

    by EGLE


    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced today that Hugh C. McDiarmid Jr. will join the EGLE executive team on Monday, Aug. 5. McDiarmid Jr. will coordinate all communication activities for the department.

    MDARD Grants Expected to Leverage More Than $12 Million in Private Investments for Food and Ag Projects

    Category: People

    by MDARD


    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell announced this week 20 projects that will be awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. MDARD received 94 proposals with requests totaling nearly $8.5 million. The $1.8 million in grants for the 20 projects will leverage more than $12 million in private investments.

    Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year nominations accepted until Sept. 2

    Category: People

    by American Farm Bureau Federation


    Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Purina. This is the second year of the contest, which celebrates farm dogs who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to our tables and our pets’ bowls. Eligibility guidelines and submission requirements are available online at fb.org/2020farmdog.

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