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Syrup producers eager to tap into Michigan's maples

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

When Joe and Bobbi Woods bought a 40-acre parcel in Rapid City, they weren't thinking about starting a maple syrup farm. They planned to grow hay.


What started out with a just few buckets 20 years ago, has now grown into a nearly 600-gallon maple syrup operation annually. It’s a family operation for the Woods. During syrup season, their son Grant usually helps out, checking to make sure the sap flows freely through the line system.


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Farmer Dad And His Son Build Transformers From Scrap Metal In China And Make $160K A Year

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A father-and-son team in southeastern China have started creating enormous recycled Transformer robot sculptures from scrap car parts that they’ve been selling for more than 1 million yuan (more than $160,000) a year.

The Transformers franchise is hugely successful in China, so Yu Zhilin, who is a farmer but has ...

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Renew expiring conservation contracts

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Participants have until Tuesday, March 31 to renew their expiring contracts

WASHINGTON — Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have until Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to renew those expiring contracts.

These farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have the opt...

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Michigan officials weighing idea of Great Lakes fish farming

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan officials say they've been approached by entrepreneurs interested in establishing fish farming operations in Great Lakes waters.


Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality tell The Associated Press they've heard from two operators interested in raising rainbow trout in netted enclosures in Lake Michigan. One possible location would be the Little and Big Bays de Noc off Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Brad Wurf...

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Spring wildfire season has returned

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The melting snow may be a welcome change from winter’s chill, but the Department of Natural Resources reminds residents that pleasant weather also brings the threat of wildfires.


“Fire season gets going when dead grass and leaves become exposed after warm temperatures melt snow from easily ignited fields and forests,” explained Dan Laux, ...

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Wetland Wonders Challenge winners awarded prizes

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

2015 Wetland Wonders Challenge winners

Winners of the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge, hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, were awarded an ultimate waterfowl hunting prize package on Friday, March 20 at the Shiawassee River State Game Area in St. Charles, Mich...

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Conservation Easements

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Michigan's Forests

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

White Pines

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Planting Trees

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Planting Trees

Is fall a good time for you to plant trees?

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Planting trees in the fallQ. Is fall a good time to plant trees? Are there some that should not be planted in fall? - T.J. Carlson, Hendersonville, Te...

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