Dairy News Archive

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August, 2013

  • Challenges to feeding the seven billion and beyond – Part 3: Role of fertilizers

    August 29, 2013 | George Silva | Commercial fertilizer accounts for 40-60 percent of cereal food production. Best management practices that utilize fertilizer more efficiently and effectively are critical for profitability and environmental stewardship.

  • Entrepreneurial farm families and their success stories

    August 27, 2013 | Dan Rossman | A lot can be learned from farm families who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a successful value added venture. Many share common traits that enable them to be successful even though each has their own unique story.

  • 2013 Corn silage harvest

    August 27, 2013 | Faith Cullens | Harvest corn silage when whole plant moisture is 60-70 percent for optimal silage fermentation and cow performance.

  • Alternative forage options for cattle

    August 26, 2013 | Dennis Stein | Late planted corn may be an alternative feed option as the 2013 growing season comes to a close. Livestock farms should assess feed and forage supply to see if alternative feed sources are needed.

  • Advice for beginning farmers

    August 22, 2013 | Phil Durst | Young dairy producers provide advice for a friend entering the business that might be pertinent for all dairy farmers.

  • Consumers want to learn about agriculture at fairs

    August 16, 2013 | Nancy Thelen | County and community fairs across Michigan offer an opportunity to bring agriculture awareness to consumers. Youth and open class exhibitors at fairs can share how they care for their animals and how they produce a quality and wholesome product.

  • Save the date for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy, Feb. 18-19

    August 16, 2013 | Erin Lizotte | Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce the third annual Integrated Pest Management Academy, Feb. 18-19 in East Lansing, Mich. We are releasing the date early to ensure you all have it on your calendar!

  • Small employer health insurance tax credit for farmers and businesses

    August 16, 2013 | Adam Kantrovich | Small employers offering health insurance may be eligible for a tax credit through 2015 if certain criteria are met.

  • Farm transition planning: Are you ready for the unexpected?

    August 8, 2013 | Craig Thomas | The five D’s can pose a serious threat to your farm business.

  • Planning for that next change

    August 2, 2013 | Stan Moore | Decisions on a modern dairy farm often involve six to seven figures in cost. The modern dairy owner has to make those decisions after fully researching existing examples and be flexible enough to modify them on the go.

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