Michigan Farm News
  • Research in human flu protection begins with pigs

    Category: Livestock, Technology

    by The Ohio State University, College of Vet Medicine; Farm News Media


    Innovative research to improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine begins in an unlikely place – the county fair. A team of experts at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine travel to more than 100 fairs each year, swabbing the snouts of pigs for novel strains of the flu that are likely to impact humans.

    CME, National 4-H bringing the Commodity Carnival to Michigan State Fair

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    CME Group and the National 4-H Council are hosting their seventh annual Commodity Carnival at the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Mich., Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. The interactive, educational fair experience, teaches young fairgoers about managing the business risks and costs associated with producing and bringing livestock to market.

    Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge: $145K in startup funds on the table for Food & Ag Entrepreneurs

    Category: Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Markets & Weather, Crops, Politics

    by American Farm Bureau Federation


    The American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.

    USDA Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 24 States

    Category: Technology

    by USDA


    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced this month that the USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states. USDA’s investments will go toward projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

    Remote Sensing — Practical applications in agriculture?

    Category: Technology

    by GrindGIS, Farm News Media


    Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or any phenomenon without making any physical contact with the object. It is a phenomenon that has numerous applications including photography, surveying, geology, forestry and more.

    But it is in the field of agriculture that remote sensing has found significant use. There are very many applications of remote sensing in the agricultural sector. Below is a summary of these applications.

    AgroExpo field demos focus on sprayer technology

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    Five of the top sprayer manufacturers will be represented at AgroExpo’s demonstration site, offering a close-up look at all of the features of each unit.

    New changes to H-2A filing will help employers handcuffed by current process, high costs

    Category: Technology, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Saving time and money are just a few of the ways farmers can benefit from the proposed updates to H-2A filings. Employers under the new proposed H-2A rule will now be required to e-file with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the State Workforce Agency. Included for employers are the options to sign documents using electronic signatures and staggering workers on one single contract up to 120 days from a worker’s first start date.

    Higher lake levels impact WLEB Harmful Algal Bloom forecast for 2019

    Category: Technology

    by Sarah Fronczak, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    Despite this year’s unusual and disruptive weather patterns of a very wet winter and spring, resulting in higher discharges to the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), concentrations levels of bioavailable phosphorus, is 30% lower than average.

    Multiple MSU students recognized at AAEA annual meeting

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    Multiple Michigan State University students were recognized at the 2019 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.


    1st case of Cucumber Downy Mildew confirmed in S.W. Michigan research plot

    Category: Technology, Crops

    by Mary Hausbeck | MSU Extension


    It’s time to switch to a proven Downy Mildew fungicide — the first report of the disease in cucumbers for 2019 has been confirmed in a small research plot at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Disease symptoms developed over the last several days and this research plot had not been sprayed with any fungicides.

    Case IH expands seeding lineup with Flex Hoe 900 Air Drill

    Category: Technology

    by Case IH


    Case IH is introducing the new Flex Hoe 900 air drill, which is agronomically designed to help producers efficiently seed small grains, no matter the ground conditions. New for 2020, this model expands the Flex Hoe series of hoe air drills with a durable seeding solution that provides operators the flexibility to make quick adjustments across changing terrains.

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