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Michigan corn farmers vote down assessment increase

Michigan corn farmers narrowly voted against increasing program assessments. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says 52 percent of producers, representing 57 percent of bushels represented in the ballots, voted no to a penny per bushel increase for the Corn Marketing Program... Read More.

Michigan specialty crop farms see increase in 2022 Census

The latest Ag Census finds Michigan has lost more than 2,000 farms and nearly 300,000 acres of farmland since 2017, but there were some surprising increases. NASS Director for the Great Lakes Region Marlo Johnson tells Brownfield, “The number of farms and land and... Read More.

Midwest land values hit new peak; rate of increase slows

Ag land values in the Midwest continue to rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reports values in the Seventh District saw an annual increase of six percent in 2023.  However, David Oppedahl, Fed policy advisor, says that increase has slowed… “It was a little... Read More.

US working to increase demand for pork loin in Mexico

U.S. pork exports to Mexico have already set an annual record.  Lorenzo Elizalde with the US Meat Export Federation says pork cuts like bone-in hams and picnics have always been popular in Mexico, but work is being done to improve demand for the loin. ... Read More.

Should Michigan’s corn assessment increase?

Michigan corn farmers are deciding if they want to double the assessment for the state’s checkoff program. Executive director of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan Jim Zook tells Brownfield the organization’s referendum passed with overwhelming support last year to continue the program for... Read More.

A slight decline in ethanol production, stocks increase

U.S. ethanol production declined slightly last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged one million, seventy-one thousand barrels a day, down 3,000 on the week. Ethanol stocks increased 3.6% to an 18-week high of 22.9 million gallons.  All areas except the Rocky Mountains... Read More.