Midwest

Michigan firm thrives in soil health market

A growing compost business in Michigan sees its role as helping farmers grow more high-value fruit and vegetable crops. Morgan Composting’s headquarters sits on top of a hill in remote Sears, Michigan, where the family... more »

Midwest Veg Guide to be offered in digital format

The 2020 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers will have an updated online component this year, and is slated for release in December 2019. Currently, the guide can be viewed online at www.mwveguide.org as... more »

Action, empathy urged for stressed growers

Headlines for years have repeatedly announced crisis levels of farm stress, but a surplus of spring rain in some U.S. regions has made this season particularly concerning. In the Midwest, growers have had less time... more »

Senators question USDA information technology

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, Democratic U.S. Senators from Michigan, recently asked for an investigation into information technology changes at the USDA. Stabenow is the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition,... more »

Yield, revenue may trigger disaster assistance, insurance claims

This spring’s constant rain events forced growers to make tough choices. With limited planting windows, each farm had to make a set of choices about what to plant, and on every farm different decisions were... more »

Cucumber downy mildew moves across Michigan

Downy mildew on cucumber has been verified in three cucumber producing counties on the west side of Michigan and one pickling cucumber producing county on the east side of Michigan. The downy mildew on the... more »

Struggling Ohio farmers helped by stress task force

The persistent spring rain created Ohio's worst planting year on record. So much is out of a farmer’s control. Weather. Commodity prices. A hike in international tariffs on American agricultural goods that has diminished demand... more »

Sklarczyk Seed Farm gets Michigan ‘Ag Exporter of the Year’ award

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded Sklarczyk Seed Farm of Johannesburg, Michigan, with the 2019 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year Award. “We’re very proud to recognize Sklarczyk Seed Farm... more »


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