Crop analysts are hopeful that the 2015 planting season will be relatively normal, compared to last year when cold weather delayed farmers from taking to their fields. Continue reading
If you own cattle in northern Michigan, you may be getting some mail from the state about two confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis.
According to MSU Extension Services, farmers could save 13% on operational costs this year compared to last, based on current gas prices.
Jerry Lindquist is with the MSU Extension Services.
He said, “Gas prices will be a benefit the longer they stay down as we approach the planting season. It will reduce the price of operations with running of equipment, especially at the tillage time, planting time, and then if it should last into the fall, through the harvest season as well.”
Lindquist said savings will be a particular benefit for producers in northern Michigan, where corn and soybeans are predicted to be less profitable this year, due to low commodity prices.
The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Continue reading
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has been awarded federal grant money to build a new farmers market pavilion.
Even though there has not been snow in a while, farmers are just beginning to see the effects of this year’s brutal winter.
For the third year in a row residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula are hosting a local food summit to boost relationships between consumers, producers and financiers. Continue reading