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Michigan beef checkoff raising assessments

The Michigan Beef Industry Commission has voted to renew a state-level checkoff. Chairman Monte Bordner tells Brownfield state collections will increase from 50 cents to $1 per head starting January 1st. “We have dealt with a pretty serious decline in revenue, and it’s been reflected... Read More.

Tar spot found in southeastern Michigan

Tar spot has now been confirmed in Michigan. Michigan State University plant pathologist Marty Chilvers says low levels have been reported in the southeastern part of the state in Monroe County. “I’m completely not surprised, given that we’ve had rainfall events, at least the past... Read More.

Michigan to start new phosphorus reduction pilot

Michigan wheat growers will be able to enroll in a new phosphorus reduction pilot program this fall.  The Conservation Technology Action Center is partnering with the Mosaic Company, Star of the West Milling Company, and Heidelberg University to extend its Phosphorus Load-Reduction Stimulation Program. Star... Read More.

Michigan wheat harvest brings surprising yields

A wheat extension specialist expects a 10 percent wheat yield decline in Michigan because of dry conditions. Dennis Pennington with Michigan State University tells Brownfield some regions of the state have experienced crop failures while others could see up to 120 bushels per acre. “I’ve... Read More.

Conservation in Action Tour features Michigan

Conservation resources are on the rise to meet the growing needs of the ag industry.  Conservation Technology Information Center executive director Ryan Heiniger says the current public and private investments into conservation have never been so robust. “For the next four to five... Read More.

Michigan budget creates new ag programs

The Michigan legislature has funded several new projects in the state’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for the next fiscal year. Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park with Michigan Farm Bureau tells Brownfield $13 million was allocated for agricultural climate resiliency and soil health efforts... Read More.

Vilsack, Stabenow tour in eastern Michigan

The Detroit Eastern Market received a visit this week from U.S. Ag Secretary Vilsack and Senator Debbie Stabenow to highlight efforts to expand market access for producers. The Eastern Market is one of eight award winners in Michigan to partner in USDA’s Local Food... Read More.