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People in the news: March 14, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for March 14, 2022
Feds to investigate USDA aid to farmers after Senate finds ‘deep inequities’
Following a request from Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the U.S. Government Accountability Office will investigate the integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture aid to farmers affected by the U.S. trade war with China.
Report highlights disparity between food prices, farmers’ bottom lines
For every dollar that Americans spent on yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner meals, growers and ranchers received just 12.1 cents — even less than their average slice of the pie throughout the year.
Whitmer policy allows commercial solar projects on farmland preservation property
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this month reversed a policy from the Snyder administration that blocked commercial solar energy projects on property enrolled in the state’s farmland preservation program.
‘HUGE WIN’: What the 2018 Farm Bill means for Michigan’s ag industry
Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill provides much-needed certainty and support — and not just for Michigan farmers. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill, is a multi-faceted piece of legislation that affects Michigan’s farmers and farm workers, equipment manufacturers, food processing businesses, retailers, and many other people across the state.
Prevailing wage, online gambling among Legislature’s finished, unfinished business
June was a busy month for the Michigan Legislature.
Tariffs could threaten Michigan’s $2.7 billion ag exports, industry experts warn
Michigan’s farmers and food processors are closely watching how talks of trade wars and retaliatory tariffs could affect the nearly $2.7 billion in exports they send to other countries.
Highly leveraged farmers could face distress amid volatility in ag industry, pricing
Farmers’ increasing use of credit to finance operations has left some operators financially exposed during a volatile period for the industry.
Agribusiness adapts to ‘new reality’ as some sectors continue to struggle
As president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, Jim Byrum worries about trade, weather and talent — concerns shared by the farmers and food processors he talks to on a daily basis. Still, he remains optimistic for the sector’s growth next year.
Ending NAFTA would hurt West Michigan farmers, experts say
GRAND RAPIDS — The potential reversal of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could jeopardize West Michigan farmers and food processors.
Boersen Farms’ impending bankruptcy could shake West Michigan’s ag industry
ZEELAND — When a lawsuit surfaced showing one of West Michigan’s largest corporate farmers was facing insolvency, the news sent shockwaves through the state’s agricultural industry.
More livestock production drives expansion for West Michigan feed mill
WHITE CLOUD — A statewide rush to increase livestock production has proved to be a boon for one West Michigan producer of animal feed.
While commodity prices hamper farmers, food processors expand in Michigan
As farmers across the state struggle to turn a profit in an era of depressed commodity prices, one aspect of agribusiness — food processing — continues to grow in West Michigan.
Michigan Dept. of Ag to spur investment with $4.7M in new incentives
West Michigan-based agribusinesses and food and beverage companies will soon have a new source of capital to fund expansion projects.
Reinvigorating an industry: Company pushes to restart potash production in Michigan
In 2013, the discovery of a large deposit of high-quality potash in Michigan touched off a wave of public attention.
Commerce derailed: Fight over 3.3 miles of railroad track hampers business in West Michigan
When Brink Farms Inc. began construction on a rail yard off Turner Avenue in northwest Grand Rapids in 2014, the Hamilton-based bulk transportation firm hoped to alleviate capacity constraints and better serve customers shipping cargo south through the city.
As Bayer-Monsanto deal materializes, West Michigan farmers brace for consolidation
A major player in Big Agriculture is poised to expand its influence in the industry.