A recent survey showed few farmers were interested in a hypothetical offer to rent land bioenergy crops, even at asking prices far exceeding the typical rental rate of one acre.
James E. Mulvaney passionately spoke on “The History of Land Grant Philosophy” on April 3 at the Mason Area Historical Museum to the Mason Area Historical Society.
The first weekend of the 8th annual Shawhaven Lamb Festival at 1826 Rolfe Road is in the books with a turnout exceeding expectations.
|By BEN MUIR Capital News Service LANSING — A popular source of nutrition for cattle is a potential site for transferring disease, according to a recent study. Salt blocks are potential transmitters of tuberculosis from cow to deer and vice … Continue reading →
|By IAN WENDROW Capital News Service LANSING — Researchers at Michigan State University are creating a computer model to help make pasture dairy farming more sustainable. The project draws upon several research papers released in the past three months that … Continue reading →
In one small Eastside neighborhood, a larger trend of inner-city agriculture has taken a strong hold and united community members over farming and gardening.
|By CARL STODDARD Capital News Service LANSING — Soon Michigan farmers will start planting millions of acres of corn, cultivating what has become a billion-dollar business in the state. Farming is one of the top three industries in Michigan, and … Continue reading →
The Holt Farmers’ Market is open year round, helping to promote local entrepreneurship, supply the city with unique items and foods, and bring a sense of community to the city of Holt.
|While it may be too early to tell the full extent of changes in the weather on farmers and their crops, it could pose a problem for farmers in the coming months if the weather continues to fluctuate.
|By LAURA BOHANNON Capital News Service LANSING — As the weather continues to fluctuate around the state, farmers are being forced to adapt to changing conditions. Amanda Shreve, the program director for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, said farmers can … Continue reading →
A Michigan State professor dug into the university’s agriculture archives to revive a 100-year-old barley seed called Spartan barley. Spartan barley was developed by Frank Spragg, a plant breeder at the Michigan Agricultural College, known today as Michigan State University. Originally developed as a Michigan-indigenous barley strain for Michigan brewers, many breweries in the state used this barley strain in the early 1900’s.
But when prohibition was voted in, brewing halted. That is until Russell Freed, MSU’s doctor of crop science, decided to revive the strain. “I got in touch with the USDA germplasm curator for barley in Idaho, Aberdeen Idaho,” Freed said, “and he sent me five grams of Spartan barley.”