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  • HOT TOPICTax plan now to avoid problems later

    September 18, 2014 | Dennis Stein | Farms that have seen good commodity prices and profits along with Dairy and Beef prices at all-time highs are vulnerable for some real tax issues in 2014.

  • The 2014 Farm Bill and the new farm programs: What should I do ASAP?

    September 15, 2014 | David Schweikhardt | The 2014 farm bill contains new farm programs that will require complex decisions by farmers. There are actions that should be taken now to prepare for the decisions that must be made during the coming months.

  • Breakfast on the Farm serves up consumer awareness

    September 9, 2014 | Julie Thelen | Breakfast on the Farm served up more than just a delicious breakfast on September 6, 2014. Visitors enjoyed breakfast before touring a farm filled with volunteers ready to share their knowledge and answer questions.

  • Body Condition Scores are a great tool for the beef cow herd

    September 5, 2014 | Kable Thurlow | Body Condition Score is a term used often in beef cattle discussions, however, some producers may not know what it means and how it can be used as a management tool for the herd.

  • Commodity grain and dairy market updates available

    September 3, 2014 | Dennis Stein | Current grain and dairy commodity markets updates are now available online.

  • Technology makes sidedressing crops with manure easier

    September 2, 2014 | Jerry May | Manure application equipment setup to sidedress standing crops allowed these farmers to plant crops then spread manure.

  • HOT TOPIC2015 Breakfast on the Farm host farm applications due soon

    August 29, 2014 | Nancy Thelen | The 2014 Breakfast on the Farm programs will soon be completed, and it is time for interested farm families to apply to host a 2015 event.

  • What does the judge really mean?

    August 28, 2014 | Julie Thelen | If you have sat around the ring at a county fair or been moving an animal around the show ring, you have heard the comments of the judge. Knowing what those comments mean will help you learn more about the animal project.

  • HOT TOPICWhy farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula?

    August 28, 2014 | Jim Isleib | Low cost land and a laidback lifestyle may seem appealing, but the basics of successful farming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the same as everywhere else: careful planning, efficient use of resources, adaptability, commitment and good luck.

  • Animal judging – What’s it all about?

    August 27, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This series of articles will introduce animal judging – what it is, the life skills it helps youth to develop, where it can take youth and why everyone should try it!

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