Midwest

$15M in ag safety grants to provide aid to Michigan’s farms and food processors

Fifteen million dollars in economic assistance for Michigan farms and agricultural processors, to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state’s food production industry, gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic... more »

MSU to host agriculture and natural resources field days from afar

Michigan State University AgBioResearch and MSU Extension will host a series of virtual field day events called “From the Field” throughout the summer and into the fall.  Ongoing agricultural research and outreach at the university... more »

Detecting emerging pesticide resistance in grapes

Fungal pathogens, like the ones present in many specialty crops, often change over time. This means, for example, that resistance to certain fungicides might also vary from year to year. Timothy... more »

Report: Coronavirus outbreaks tied to migrant farm workers in Michigan

Coronavirus outbreaks among migrant workers are contributing to an uptick in cases in Michigan, which experts blame on short growing seasons, crowded housing, tenuous income and mistrust of government. According to Bridge Magazine, in the... more »

Michigan begin inspections of farms with more than $250,000 in gross annual sales

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development began produce safety inspections on farms grossing over $250,000 in total annual food sales on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Inspections of farms grossing over $500,000 in annual... more »

San Jose Scale crawler emergence beginning in Michigan tree fruit

Concerns of San Jose scale damage on many Michigan tree fruits have grown as pest management programs have changed in recent years. This pest has traditionally been a pest of apples as it causes direct,... more »

Michigan State University plans blueberry pre-harvest webinar for June 29

Michigan State University (MSU)Extension and the MSU Extension Small Fruit Team are hosting a webinar with updates on issues related to the pre-harvest blueberry season. Blueberry harvest is rapidly approaching, and some growers are facing... more »

Precision ag technologies’ benefit to environmental conservation explored

Representatives from Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) are looking to replicate the success of others around the country who have built partnerships merging precision agriculture and environmental conservation. [caption id="" align="alignright"... more »


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