Items Tagged with 'Michigan Farm Bureau'


Law firm files motion to intervene in EPA suit

November 4, 2015
A law firm has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Michigan Farm Bureau, arguing that the new federal Clean Water Rule’s definition of “waters of the U.S.” is overly broad and will hurt farmers across the state. Read More

Agri-business initiatives must also address climate change

May 9, 2014
An unusually large number of announcements have recently targeted Michigan agriculture on the eve of approval of greater state budget expenditures, especially aimed at food safety concerns including invasive species on land and in water. Read More

Fruit growers happy with 2014 federal Farm Bill

Crop insurance is expanded but payments for growing corn will end.

February 7, 2014
Years from now, in the opinion of Ryan Findlay of the Michigan Farm Bureau, people will remember the 2014 federal farm bill as the legislation that “changed farm policy.” Read More

Fruit and veggie growers facing Obamacare confusion

Most types of farms in Michigan don’t hire enough workers to qualify.

January 3, 2014
When farmers don’t like what Washington is doing, such as enacting various forms of subsidies and implementing general farm policies, they can often ignore Washington. For certain types of farmers, however, that won’t work with the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Farmers drive growth engine amid labor shortage

December 6, 2013
Gov. Rick Snyder told a large audience in Grand Rapids this week he supports immigration reform at the federal level — a very hot topic among farmers. Read More

New farm workers coming from Eastern Europe

But numbers aren’t enough to make up for feared labor shortage.

LANSING — Few people are interested in the hard, dirty toil of farm labor. But hard work is nothing new for some in a transitory lifestyle already long-lived. Read More

State ag industry looks to attract new yogurt plant

March 13, 2013
LANSING — The state might get a yogurt plant that exclusively uses milk, fruit and sugar grown or produced in Michigan, but government officials and commodity groups are secretive about details. Read More

Farmers pick guest-worker program for migrant labor

February 26, 2013
Michigan agriculture has a lot at stake in the immigration laws being debated in Congress right now, more so than most farm states, according to Michigan Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farming organization. Read More

Farm Bureau examines EPA and land-use regulations at annual meeting

November 28, 2012
A strategy to “rein in” the EPA, transportation infrastructure and land-use policies regarding urban agriculture are among the governmental issues on the agenda at the Michigan Farm Bureau state meeting underway in Grand Rapids. Read More

A dozen Michigan organizations receive specialty crop grants

Grand Haven firm will focus on groundwater project.

October 27, 2012
LANSING — Managing bees and saving cucumbers from disease are just two of the topics being studied in recent specialty crop grants. Read More