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
Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700M aid plan

Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700M aid plan

Officials said the grants are meant to defray some of the costs workers bore as many of them bought their own protective equipment or took unpaid leave as the virus tore through their industries even as they were required to keep showing up for work.

  • Sep 08, 2021
Comparisons of net returns for crop share leases and fixed cash rent lease

Comparisons of net returns for crop share leases and fixed cash rent lease

Net returns to land from 1996 to 2021 from a landowner perspective were computed for a case farm in west central Indiana. The case farm had 3,000 crop acres and utilized a corn/soybean rotation. The farm also participated in the ARC-CO program and purchased 80% revenue protection coverage. The three leasing arrangements compared in this article are briefly discussed.

  • Sep 07, 2021
He says it’s not about climate. So why is Bill Gates buying so much farmland?

He says it’s not about climate. So why is Bill Gates buying so much farmland?

For many investors, farmland was not on the radar as an investable asset class until earlier this year, when it was revealed that the largest owners of US farmland were none other than Bill and Melinda Gates.

  • Sep 02, 2021