“The most hops Michigan has ever grown we have planted right now and we really kind of pale in comparison to what they have out west,” he says. “The last USDA survey that was in 2020 showed that there are about 670 acres of hops in Michigan.”
University of Missouri livestock economist Scott Brown says succession planning is a crucial risk management tool for farms and ranches wanting to pass their operations from one generation to the next. “Too many people are postponing it, not wanting to have hard conversations,” he says.
The U.S. House Appropriation Committee has approved a bipartisan amendment that could provide a temporary year-round H-2A guest worker solution.
Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.
The proposed tax law changes have, at many times, been presented as only impacting the wealthy. That said, they may have positive or negative impact on agricultural producers; it’s definitely complicated!
There are also significant proposals being floated to change estate tax laws — including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 99.5 Percent Act and a Democratic Coalition proposal called the Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act.
French fashion label Chanel has committed $25 million as an anchor investment in The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) – a new climate adaptation fund looking to raise $100 million by 2025 to support sustainable agriculture, protect forests, and to support smallholder farmers in developing countries.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $10 million to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices . . . in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin can apply for this funding opportunity. Each state will determine its own signup period, with signups expected to begin on or around June 24 in most states.
Land access. Mentors. Resources. Capital. These are some of the primary needs that are common among beginning farmers. In Ottawa County in West Michigan, only 8% of farmers are under 35 years old and 30% are over the age of 65. The MiFarmLink Project, funded in part by the USDA, brings service providers together to collaboratively to address beginning farmer needs.
Michigan agriculture is in transition, considering nearly a third of the state’s farmers are aged 65 and over while new and beginning farmers currently make up a quarter of the farming population.
The gender and racial demographics of this new crop of farmers are also more diverse than the state’s farming population as a whole.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid.