Midwest

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 »

Second quarter farmland values reported down in Midwest

AgLetter reports farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District were down 1 percent in the second quarter of 2019 from a year earlier. Values for “good” agricultural land in the District were unchanged from... more »

Testing standards set for Michigan’s first industrial hemp crop

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced the implementation of emergency rules putting testing standards in place for Michigan’s first crop of industrial hemp. “This is an exciting next step... more »


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