Agriculture News Archive

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November, 2012

  • Liquid fertilizer and storage regulations

    November 29, 2012 | George Silva | The use of liquid fertilizer in the field crop industry is increasing rapidly. The bulk storage of liquid fertilizer requires primary and secondary containment features as specified in MDARD Regulation No.642.

  • Employee turnover on dairy farms and what it’s costing producers

    November 29, 2012 | Stan Moore | Dairy farm owners and managers know intuitively that employee turnover is expensive. But how expensive is it? What are the major causes and what can you as an owner or manager do to combat it?

  • Increasing transparency through food dialogues

    November 29, 2012 | Mary Dunckel | The Food Dialogues - New York, sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) on Nov. 15 is “food for thought” and available for viewing.

  • Consumers learn about apple production by visiting a Kent county farm

    November 29, 2012 | Mary Dunckel | Even in a year with few apples on the trees, visitors to the Kent county Breakfast on the Farm event hosted by May Farms received unique insight into how apples are produced and packaged.

  • MSU Horse Judging program is going strong!

    November 27, 2012 | Taylor Fabus | Learn more about how MSU Horse Judging teams have been a staple of the MSU Horse Program for decades.

  • Organic markets for field crops remain strong

    November 27, 2012 | Dan Rossman | Organic field crop producers of all sizes have experienced very good prices and demand for their 2012 crops. Attend a December 3 organic market meeting to hear the 2013 outlook.

  • Depreciation and long-term capital gains taxes

    November 27, 2012 | Adam J. Kantrovich | What has changed from 2011 to 2012 and what may happen in 2013.

  • Building a HACCP team

    November 27, 2012 | Jeannine P. Schweihofer | A good HACCP plan consists of more than one person writing something down and filing it in a binder to collect dust on the shelf.

  • Feeder calf buyers want preconditioned calves

    November 26, 2012 | Phil Durst | A survey of buyers at the October 2012 West Branch Feeder Calf Sale shows that buyers value weaned and vaccinated calves.

  • Monitoring failure of passive transfer in calves

    November 26, 2012 | Stan Moore | Interest is growing for on-farm monitoring Failure of Passive Transfer (FPT). This article covers the details of using a Brix Refractometer to determine FPT and assess your colostrum management program.

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