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Renewable energy sources cheaper than ever

If you’ve looked into a renewable energy source – solar, wind, geothermal or other – as a way to power your farm and decided it was too expensive, you need to look again. The money-saving potential is too big to ignore, said Jim Byrum, presiden... more


Loans available for handling equipment, portable storage

USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to... more


Michigan Vegetable Council Fund announces 2016 grant

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) Fund has announced its 2016 research grant. This year’s grant of $9,100 will support research focused on improving fertility and weed management practices in snap beans. The grant will leverage additional fundin... more


Study analyzes individual neonicotinoid effects on bees

A new study analyzes the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides to determine their relative risk to bumblebees. The study published in Scientific Reports, "Neonicotinoids target distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and neurons, leading to differ... more


Tanimura & Antle recognized for new employee housing

Tanimura & Antle and the County of Monterey were recognized at The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEC) Second Annual Regional Economic Summit for working together to develop the “Spreckels Crossing” farm employee housing community. [c... more


BRANDT gains majority stake in BAICOR

BRANDT has acquired a majority interest in BAICOR, based in Logan, Utah. BAICOR manufactures and distributes specialty fertilizers, focusing on liquids for foliar and soil applications. This acquisition will give BRANDT additional manufacturing c... more


Resource helps food hubs improve financial performance

A new resource from the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service will help food hubs improve their financial performance. Food hubs are a businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of locally-produced food. ... more


MFFPA accepting scholarship applications

The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA) will present up to three scholarships to winning applicants on Wednesday, June 22. Applicant requirements include having successfully completed freshman year at an accredited community/state ... more


Direct-to-consumer sales help farms stay in business

Opportunities to buy food directly from farmers, in urban and rural areas, have increased considerably in recent years. The number of farms that sold food at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, onfarm stores, and community-suppo... more


Harmful, beneficial nematodes present in Michigan soils

Background Plant-parasitic nematodes can be serious pathogens of Michigan vegetable crops, particularly root crops such as carrots. Symptoms of nematode infection vary by crop and plant-parasitic nematode type, but include forked, stunted roots and ... more



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