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A fact sheet for growers navigating coronavirus

This is a very difficult time for many people. Farmers and those involved in other aspects of agriculture and food production are experiencing significant challenges. This fact sheet has information that may help those involved... more »

Food & Ag Housing Town Halls in Michigan cancelled due to virus spread

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cancelled the Food & Ag Housing Town Halls scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Traverse City at... more »

Deadline for pesticide applicators to renew certification waived in Iowa

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 23 that the deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22. Iowans who were certified... more »

Logistics, communication, preparedness keys to planning for COVID-19 on your farm

Many farmers are wondering how to respond to the COVID-19 virus. The information in this article is intended to help growers navigate communication, logistics, and planning. We (University of Minnesota Extension) will continue to develop... more »

Michigan suspends non-essential activities; ag exempted

At 11 a.m. on March 23, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer issued an executive order to temporarily require businesses to suspend activities that are not necessary. This order takes effect on March 24, 2020, at 12:01... more »

Guidelines for coronavirus set by Michigan Migrant Labor Housing Program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Migrant Labor Housing Program is designed to ensure the safety of housing occupied by five or more migrant agriculture workers. With the growing concern over the coronavirus... more »

Michigan asparagus growers hear trade updates

Michigan asparagus growers gathered March 12 in the Oceana County town of New Era to hear updates on trade, labor and new Extension research. The meeting comes in the wake of a highly productive year.... more »

Michigan State Extension plans farm stress research study

Farming is tough. From weather to equipment breakdowns, there are many sources of stress for farmers and farm families. Researchers at Michigan State University Extension are conducting a research study to learn more about struggles Michigan farmers experience, in... more »


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