Michigan agriculture

Farm bankruptcies
10:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Decatur farm bankruptcy serves as warning about rising prices

Blueberry farm in Saugatuck Township - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

A new report calls the bankruptcy of Stamp Farms in Decatur (Mlive Kalamazoo story) a warning about rising prices for farmland and rising debt. 

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1:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

USDA report details losses in Michigan's fruit crop

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Combination of early spring weather and summer drought created a very bad year for Michigan fruit growers.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
BENTON HARBOR, MI -The United States Department of Agriculture's recently released report of Preliminary Fruit Production figures for 2012 confirms what we learned last summer, when there were not enough Michigan cherries for local festivals, or we blinked and the peaches were gone, or popular U-Pick apple orchards said: "Come back next year."
7:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

West Michigan farmers face uncertainty without federal Farm bill

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Stopgap has been approved, but farm interests want long-term bill.
WEST MICHIGAN - Farmers have had it. While the rest of the country fixated on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations, behind the scenes, a quieter drama with potentially dire consequences was playing out with the package of legislation known as the Farm Bill. Like the solution to the fiscal cliff, the Farm Bill situation remains largely unresolved.
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