Midwest

Plant chemicals are a trick or treat for insects

Plants contain a mixture of hundreds of unique chemicals that can attract or repel pests like caterpillars. For the caterpillar, this means they can choose from a buffet of tasty plants with varying phytochemicals. Some... more »

Enviroweather at MSU debuts test version of new website

The Michigan State University Enviroweather program has unveiled a test version of its newly redesigned website. The new site will go live in August 2020 and can be navigated to directly at: alpha.enviroweather.msu.edu. You will find multiple places to... more »

Appeal of ruling over Michigan farmworker testing pursued

An Aug. 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney of the Western District of Michigan denying a request from farmworkers and their employers for an injunction against Michigan Department of Health and Human Services... more »

Baseline testing of Michigan workers has Aug. 24 deadline

The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Agriculture and Rural Development are reminding employers that the Public Health Order mandating baseline testing for agricultural and food processing workers has a deadline of... more »

Ruling denies Michigan farmworkers’ plea to end testing mandate

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney of the Western District of Michigan issued a ruling late Friday, Aug. 21, denying a request from farmworkers and their employers for an injunction against an emergency order issued by... more »

Oceana Research Update & Root Crop Virtual Field Day set in Michigan

The Oceana Research Update & Root Crop Virtual Field Day will be held in Michigan on Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The free event will be held in an online Zoom format.... more »

Farms, processors COVID-19 safety efforts backed by Michigan funds

Applications for grant funds are still available through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant and the MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant programs for farmers and agricultural processors throughout the state. In tandem,... more »

Midwest farmland values up slightly second quarter, AgLetter reports

The AgLetter reports farmland values for the Seventh Federal Reserve District in the second quarter of 2020 were 1% higher than a year ago. Values for “good” agricultural land in the second quarter of 2020... more »


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