Category Archives: Agriculture

Central Michigan nature center has plans for historic barn raising

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a good old fashioned barn raising, and a nature center in central Michigan said they have plans to build a new barn, reminiscent of old America.

The Chippewa Nature Center in Midland is planning to replace an existing old barn with a 19th century styled barn. Read more

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Climate change makes more of Northern Michigan plantable

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According to the USDAs acreage report released June 30th, Michigan is growing more “cash crops.”
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Michigan butterfly population doing well this year, but still declining overall

If you’ve been enjoying the outdoors this summer, you may have been seeing more of Michigan’s native orange friend; the Monarch butterfly.

Officials say butterflies are having a good year this year, in contrast to many recent years. Read more

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Chemicals block scent of flowers for Hornworm moths study shows

A recent study published in the journal Science shows chemicals found in certain plants and car exhaust are making it hard for some moths to find nectar.

It’s common for Michigan gardeners who grow tomatoes to kill Hornworm caterpillars, but a new study shows that the bugs are having other troubles as well. Read more

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Michigan ag industry meets to talk sustainability, food safety


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Leaders in Michigan agriculture met Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant to discuss the future of sustainability and food safety in their industry.
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Michigan corn makes it to ‘knee high by the Fourth of July’

Even with a cold spring and a late start, Michigan’s crops are looking good.


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Corn was ‘knee high by the Fourth of July’ but just barely according to Paul Gross with Michigan State University’s Cooperative extension service in Isabella County.
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Michigan food deserts continue to impact residents


Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.

The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Read more

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Crop Report for June shows improvement

CropsFarmers trying to play catch up with their crops are hoping warm, humid and rainy conditions continue. Read more

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USDA funds $3 Million for bee habitat development

file8421288120884Growing concerns surrounding a 25-year declining bee population have prompted agriculture officials to aggressively pursue solutions for pollinators.

Five midwestern states, including Michigan, this year are working with around 3 million dollars to improve bee habitats. Read more

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New Conservation program to help Michigan Farmers

file8121325951346Michigan farmers will soon be getting some help with conservation efforts, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more

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