Midwest

Court denies temporary restraining order on testing of Michigan ag, food employees

After the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan denied a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s order requiring the testing of farm and food processing employees for COVID-19, the Director... more »

Ag disaster GIS viewer launched for Michigan’s farming community

Michigan’s farming community is certainly no stranger to the challenges thrown at it by Mother Nature. Thankfully, there are several programs to help farmers weather those challenges. In order to help the state’s farmers more... more »

Fourth annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day goes virtual

The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control (MMWC) Field Day is the nation’s largest event devoted to weeding tools. This year, due to Covidian circumstances, the field day is taking a quantum leap forward and will move... more »

Michigan farmworkers file legal challenge to state’s mandatory COVID-19 testing

Citing racial discrimination, farmworkers filed a complaint Aug. 11 in United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, challenging an Aug. 3 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) emergency order mandating... more »

13-acre corn maze in Michigan has message for COVID-19

Johnson’s Giant Pumpkin Farm near Saginaw, Michigan, has a message for the Covinovel coronavirus, and it’s spelled out loud and clear in its 13-acre corn maze. From the ground, the fall attraction at the Saginaw... more »

Michigan COVID-19 testing mandate may face legal challenge

An Aug. 3 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order mandating COVID-19 testing by farm employers with 20 or more farmworkers has not been well-received – by employees or their employers. According... more »

Environmentally safe water management sought on Michigan farms, fields

Water quality is integral to crop health, but proper water management is also integral to protecting our natural waterways and lakes in Michigan. About 40% of Michigan’s consumptive water – water that is not returned... more »

Brandt buys retail agronomy company Morton Fertilizer

Brandt, a retailer of professional agronomic services and manufacturer of specialty input products, recently acquired a retail agronomy company, Morton Fertilizer, with full-service locations in Wyanet, Illinois and Grand Mound, Iowa, according to a news... more »


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