Microloan applications are open

Microloan applications are open

In partnership with Grain Train Natural Foods Markets and Oryana Community Co-op, we are excited to announce that applications are again open for zero-interest microloans with flexible repayment terms for farms and food-related businesses in 12 Northwest Michigan counties.

  • Nov 19, 2021
Concerned about foreign ownership of American farmland?

Concerned about foreign ownership of American farmland?

One common topic that comes up at almost any meeting Michigan Farm Bureau staff attend is foreign ownership of land in the United States.

According to a USDA Farm Service Agency report “Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land,” foreign investors held interest in nearly 35.2 million acres as of Dec. 31, 2019, accounting for roughly 2.7 percent of all privately held agricultural land ag land in U.S. and 1.5% of all land in the U.S., including both forest land and farm ground.

  • Nov 04, 2021
Increasing farm profitability with solar power

Increasing farm profitability with solar power

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is funding a new project led by iSEE Interim Director Madhu Khanna to optimize design for “agrivoltaic” systems — fields with both crops and solar panels — that will maintain crop production, produce renewable energy, and increase farm profitability.

  • Oct 18, 2021
West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center to host field day

West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center to host field day

Michigan State University and the new West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center will host an AgBioResearch and MSU Extension Field Day from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.

The field day will allow the West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center to showcase its new facilities, ongoing research projects related to tree fruit, and future planting and research plans.

  • Oct 15, 2021
AFBF partnership aims to boost minority involvement in ag

AFBF partnership aims to boost minority involvement in ag

AFBF and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) announced they’ve entered into an agreement with the goal of increasing minority involvement in agriculture.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed Monday is expected to strengthen membership value for both organizations through collaboration on projects, including written content for each organization’s publications, providing leadership training and expertise, and cross promoting programs and events.

  • Oct 13, 2021
AFBF statement on confusion surrounding a proposed methane tax

AFBF statement on confusion surrounding a proposed methane tax

American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President for Public Affairs Sam Kieffer commented today on confusion surrounding a proposed methane tax.

“To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that the current language of the reconciliation bill does not impose a methane tax on agriculture.

  • Oct 05, 2021
Michigan Budget Strengthens Ag Investments

Michigan Budget Strengthens Ag Investments

The Michigan legislature increased the state’s agriculture budget by more than 50 percent in general funding which Michigan Farm Bureau says solidifies the importance of the sector brought forth during the pandemic.

  • Sep 27, 2021
Is Michigan’s industrial hemp future in the automotive industry?

Is Michigan’s industrial hemp future in the automotive industry?

Michigan’s hemp industry could get up to $100 million in federal funds to help it compete globally under a proposal pushed by a nationwide growers association.

  • Sep 21, 2021
Extension Specialist says plans for farm succession eliminates uncertainty for families

Extension Specialist says plans for farm succession eliminates uncertainty for families

“We have people taking information about what’s supposed to happen with the family farm to the grave – or the family ranch – and we have to really think how we share information across generations so the next generation knows what the wishes are,” Vyhnalek says.

  • Sep 20, 2021
MSU Extension's Beginning Grazing School

MSU Extension's Beginning Grazing School

Michigan State University Extension will offer the Beginning Grazing School online with an in-person component this year. The eight-week course is designed for beginning farmers and livestock owners who graze dairy, beef, and small ruminant animals and want the latest animal and forage research on grazing management. 

  • Sep 15, 2021