Farming

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Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says the food and agriculture industry contributes $104.7 billion annually to the state’s economy. What does the data from the Census of Agriculture tell us about the industry today?

The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales.

Climate change in West Michigan will lead to a laundry list of environmental concerns, and not much else. That's according to a new report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily based in the M idwest. According to the report, the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought.

Farming could be hit especially hard, with heavy rains delaying spring planting and dry spells requiring more irrigation during summer.

State officials have scheduled a series of public meetings for this month in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula to discuss bovine tuberculosis and related matters. Bovine TB is an often-fatal disease that in recent decades has infected numerous cattle and deer in the region. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources will host three gatherings for cattle producers and community members in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. 

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Andrew Hagenow, Vice President of the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Andrew discusses his cattle farm and the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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We spotlight farming every month with guests here on behalf of the Michigan Farm Bureau. Today, Mike Bronkema of Shady Side Farm joins us.

Authorities say a trailer being used to haul a tank of anhydrous ammonia jackknifed in mid-Michigan, causing a leak that prompted the evacuation of about 10 nearby homes. No injuries were reported. A farmer was using a pickup truck to haul the trailer in Shiawassee County's Shiawassee Township on Wednesday morning when the sheriff's department says the brakes on the truck failed at an intersection.

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We put the spotlight on farming with guests from the Michigan Farm Bureau.  Today's guests are from Langland Farms, Merle Langland and daughter Becky Smith. They discuss Breakfast on the Farm, an event to promote awareness and more.

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Apr 18, 2017
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We put the spotlight monthly on farming with guests from the Michigan Farm Bureau.  Today we speak with Dave MacKenzie about his business Hortech, a wholesale nursery specializing in green roof systems.

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We put a spotlight on farming, a monthly conversation with guests making their livings in the field of agriculture. Today we speak with Brian Geerlings, from Scenic View Dairy

Farmer Luke Eising from Provision Family Farms joins us to discuss knowing your local farmer and environmental impacts.

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