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  • Extension Educator Visits China

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Roberta Osborne -- extension dairy specialist shares some impressions of her recent visit to China.

    Extension Educator Visits China

  • Determining Cold Damage

    Posted by Rick Shields

    With the execption of last Saturday morning it's been a mild winter, temperature-wise.  Still -- it only takes one event to do damage to crop prospects.  Mark Longstroth with the MSU extension isn't ready to ring the alarm bell yet, however he says there's a simple way for you to determine if your fruit plants received damage from the zero or below temps.

    Determining Cold Damage

  • A Call for Farm Unity

    Posted by Rick Shields

    More than 80 agriculture, environmental and hunger relief organizations signed onto a letter that was sent to Capitol Hill Friday asking House and Senate Ag Committee leaders to write a new farm bill this year. The groups said an extension of current law would create tremendous uncertainty for farmers and fail to provide essential resources to prevent hunger and create jobs through rural economic development and investments in agricultural research.

    Bush-era USDA Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner agrees the farm bill should be reauthorized this year - but says it won’t happen if farm and commodity groups don't iron out their safety net differences…

    A Call for Farm Unity

  • Heads Up on Leaf Diseases

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Winter meetings are a good time to prepare for challenges which may appear during the growing season...

    Heads Up on Leaf Diseases

  • Michigan Corn Growers Meet

    Posted by Rick Shields

    One of those addressing the Michigan Corn Growers this week in Lansing was CEO of the National Corn Growers Association.  I visited with Rick Tolman about a wide range of issues the national and state groups are dealing with this year...

    Michigan Corn Growers Meet

  • Nutrient Management Meeting

    Posted by Rick Shields

    If you grow corn and soybeans here's a meeting you need to consider.

    Nutrient Management Meeting

  • NCBA president's top goal

    Posted by Rick Shields

    For 2012 - the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be led by J.D. Alexander - a Nebraska cattle producer. As he takes the reins - he says his number one goal is maintaining the strength of the organization…

    NCBA President's Top Goal

  • Labor Department Backtracks

    Posted by Rick Shields

    The Labor Department’s already gone back to the drawing board on its proposed rule to  limit on-farm child labor for kids under 16. But lawmakers and farm interests heaped scorn - even ridicule - on labor’s efforts at a Congressional hearing.


    DOL Deputy Administrator Nancy Leppink insisted to a House Small Business Subcommittee her agency’s top priority is the safety of farm kids - whose injury and fatality rate - she claimed - is far higher than in any other industry…

    Department of Labor Backtracks

  • Hog Market Outlook

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Current hog slaughter levels are below recent weeks. Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer says there is a simple reason…

    Hog Market Outlook

  • New Plant Hardiness Map

    Posted by Rick Shields

    If you plan to put out a garden this spring you might want to check out a new product from the Agricultural Research Service that will serve as a guide to what plants will do well, where...

    New Plant Hardiness Map

  • Spotlight on Winter Meetings

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Here are a couple of mid-winter ag get togethers for your calendar...

    Spotlight on Winter Meetings