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  • Why 2019 MFP payments will be a disappointment for some

    Category: Crops

    by David Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights; Farm News Media

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    The flow of meaningful information from USDA leadership about the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments has remained painfully slow. Yes, there was the big announcement, but there has been exactly zero information that producers can plug into their farm financial projections to help them plan for the rest of 2019. In the absence of tangible information, here’s a big-picture estimate of how a 2019 MFP program might roll-out.

    Is there a looming forage crisis?

    Category: Livestock

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media

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    As many Michigan livestock producers already know, forage inventories are already at critically low levels. Unfortunately, it could get worse — a lot worse, according to seventh-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer Daniel Olson. He should know. Olson also operates Forage Innovations, a forage consulting business in Lena, Wisconsin, doing business in 20 states on herds representing 650,000 cows.

    $20 million in state-level grants available to expand broadband access

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau, Office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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    Michigan Farm Bureau applauds Governor Whitmer’s recent announcement opening the application window for the Connecting Michigan Communities grant program to increase broadband availability in underserved areas.

    ZFS Ithaca to receive soybeans at 2019 harvest

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    Construction of Michigan’s largest soybean processing facility is nearing completion — and just in time for the 2019 soybean harvest. Zeeland-based Zeeland Farm Services (ZFS) Inc. announced on Monday that its affiliate soybean plant, ZFS Ithaca LLC, will begin taking delivery of soybeans, with plans to begin actual processing operations later this year.

    Sen. Peters responds to ag inspection shortage at U.S. borders

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are among a bipartisan group introducing legislation to address the shortage of inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border by preventing the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods.

    Electronic filing proposal to expedite seasonal labor process for farmers

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposal will help U.S. farmers struggling to source legal and stable sources of agricultural labor, industry leaders say. The announcement this week from the department will modernize and improve the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program by mandating electronic filing of job orders and applications.

    MAPI announces scholarship opportunities

    Category: Livestock

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    Nearly all forecasts indicate the U.S. agriculture industry needs more people to work on farms. To help encourage college students to pursue careers in the poultry industry and support their education, Michigan Allied Poultry Industry (MAPI) announced its fall scholarship program this week. The organization is now accepting applications for the $1,500 scholarship through Sept. 15.

    ‘Technology that Pays’ focus for MSU Agriculture Innovation Day

    Category: Technology

    by MSU Extension

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    Michigan State University’s (MSU) Agriculture Innovation Day will take place on July 26 at MSU Farms, 3750 N. College Rd., Lansing, Michigan Lansing, Michigan. With a theme of “Focus on Precision Technology That Pays,” experts from throughout the country will detail how implementing technology that aids in decision-making can improve yields, increase profit margins and reduce environmental impacts.

    NRC continues feeding & baiting ban to combat CWD spread

    Category: People

    by MDNR

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    A series of deer hunting regulations aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease were approved July 11 by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular monthly meeting in Lansing. The action came after a thorough review of the best available science on CWD and multiple opportunities for public input.

    Review: In Paul Jackson’s debut novel, a small town isn’t what it seems

    Category: Opinion

    by Mitch Galloway, Farm News Media

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    ”The Organic Underwear Conspiracy” is the first novel from Jackson, the former editor of the Michigan Farm News.

    MAC loses a visionary: Founder Herman ‘Herm’ Geers dead at 85

    Category: People

    by Mitch Galloway, Farm News Media

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    A visionary who dreamed of starting his own grain company, Herman “Herm” Geers died on Thursday, July 11, in hospice care in Grand Ledge. He was 85. The death was confirmed by former employer Michigan Agricultural Commodities (MAC) Inc., which said Geers of Lansing endured a “prolonged decline in his health.”

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