12:58 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Hedge Rows Shield Crops, Help Get Rid Of Pests

The hedge rows on Pleasant Hill Farm
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Sometimes when driving the back roads of Southwest Michigan, you still see lines of trees or bushes dividing the fields or marching along the borders. Years ago, farmers planted hedge rows not just to mark the boundaries of their land, but also as wind breaks to protect their crops. It was also a shady place to pause when plowing with a team of horses. 

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7:40 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Growth Seen in Michigan's Potato Industry

Statewide potato production has increased 17% over the last eight years
The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan's potato industry. While the homely spud may seem like small potatoes next to high-yield cash crops like corn and soybeans, Michigan potato production generates $1.67 billion in annual economic activity, according to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC).
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9:00 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Michigan Farmers Raise Concerns About New Federal Water Rules

Farmers worry about additional paperwork, cost and time
Proposed revisions to water regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have Michigan farmers wondering whether they'll eventually be harvesting more bureaucracy, delays and costs than crops. The EPA-Army Corps proposal would modify the federal Clean Water Act to more clearly define what constitutes "waters of the United States" subject to federal regulation.
10:20 am
Thu June 12, 2014

No Bees No Fruit: Why Bees Are Essential To Farmers

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit. 

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Farm City
9:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

WSW: City Life on the Farm

Urban garden in Chicago
Credit Linda from Chicago/Wikicommons

Author Novella Carpenter says she grew up in the environment of "grow your own food." 

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