Midwest

Farm stress addressed during MSU Extension webinar

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture ranks seventh among most dangerous jobs with 24.7 fatal injuries per every 100,000 full-time workers. In addition, farms are often in rural areas that may not have adequate... more »

MDARD offers modified program for registering pesticide applicators

Due to the suspension of in-person certification exams as part of the state’s COVID-19 response, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is implementing a temporary program to streamline the process to become... more »

Michigan migrant workers living in congregate housing part of executive order

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 1 signed Executive Order 2020-111, which provides additional requirements and procedures to keep agricultural workers and the food supply safe from the effects of COVID-19. “It’s critical for Michiganders... more »

Virtual field days in Iowa to explore farm operations

Emma and Marcus Johnson, of Buffalo Ridge Orchard in Central City, Iowa, will host a virtual field day with Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) exploring food safety and packhouse sanitation on Tuesday, June 2, from... more »

Communities impacted by COVID-19 helped by GreenStone donations

GreenStone Farm Credit Services has announced the 2020 Member Grown Outreach program and its impact on local organizations that touch the lives of thousands of families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the contribution of $20,000. According to a news release,... more »

Controlling common asparagus beetle during harvest season

Common asparagus beetle egg-laying during harvest can cause major financial loss; get updated on products available for control. Sources of beetles during harvest In late summer, larvae of common asparagus beetle, called grubs or “slugs,”... more »

Stress on farmers subject of Michigan State University webinars

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Michigan State University Extension educators will host two free webinars addressing the effects of farm stress on farmers, family members, and workers in the agricultural field. Nicole Persing-Wethington and Sean Knurek with... more »

Guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening set in Michigan

As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »


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