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The Lowdown On Chikungunya, The Mosquito-Transmitted Virus You Should Know About

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1)

The Huffington Post | By Sara Gates


Beware of mosquitos. In some places, they could be carrying a very unpleasant virus with symptoms similar to dengue fever.


Chikungunya, which was previously limited to countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, has made headlines in the United States as cases of the virus have been reported in the country.


Reports of the virus, which is characterized by persistent joint pain, have cropped up in at least 27...

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Posted on July 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On Friday, June 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations on their existing CRP acres. These five states are home for more than half of the commercially managed honey bees during the summer and are therefore a critical focus in efforts to restore honey...

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Michigan Experience: National Cherry Festival to 'shift the axis of the earth'

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

by:  John Gonzalez

TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- The 88th annual National Cherry Festival begins today, and for 8 days the community will celebrate all things cherry.


Yesterday's soft opening began with two major attractions: The practice run for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who perform today and tomorrow. And fireworks over West Grand Traverse Bay.


I talked to executive director Trevor Tkach a couple days before the start of the festival, and...

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ReLeaf Michigan hosting free education session in Midland Tuesday

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By the Midland Daily News


ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide nonprofit tree organization, is hosting a free educational session on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Whiting Forest, 2303 Eastman Ave. Midland.


Dr. David Roberts, senior academic specialist, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, will be speaking on "The Tree Doctor: Diagnosing and Managing Tree Problems," along with providing an update called "Winter Injury — S...

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Deer farms caught between regulators and the beef lobby

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Scott Hall

As a deer farmer for more than a decade, raising fallow deer in Wales Township, I find Michael Eckert’s recent column, “Diseased deer not worth a few paid trophies” (The Times Herald 6/13/14) a bit harsh. His article does contain some valid concerns, but it might give the impression that all deer far...

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Right to Farm law needs explaining

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)



I wanted to take a moment to respond to a column regarding the recent changes to the so-called “Right to Farm” in Michigan. First and foremost, the Right to Farm Act only pertains to commercial farm operations. The Right to Farm Act was enacted in 1981 to protect farmers in rural areas against lawsuits from new residents. The issue was that new residents would move into rural areas and file nuisance suits because they weren’t accustom...

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DNR Customer Service Center to open Monday in Detroit

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that its newest customer service center (CSC) is set to open in Detroit Monday, June 30. The center will be housed in the department’s Outdoor Adventure Center in the newly renovated Globe Building. Staff and resources from the existing customer service center in Southfield, which will close, will move to the Outdoor Adventure Center site.


The new customer service center is at:

1801 Atwater St.

Detroit, M...

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Michigan to receive $8 Million for Honey Bee Research

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

By Andrew Kidd

For Groveland Township resident Judy Schmaltz, beekeeping is a full-time passion.


But as with many beekeepers across the nation, it’s been a struggle with massive honey bee losses, leaving the operation’s future uncertain.


Beekeepers could get some much-needed assistance, however, following an executive decision to funnel more research into addressing diminishing honey bee numbers across...

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If we want to raise chickens, state must get out of the way

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

by: Marisa Jewell


In a world where so many people go hungry, families struggle to put food on the table and prices of produce and meat continue to rise, farming has found its way back into many people’s lives.


Whether it is a backyard garden or vegetation spread out through acres of property as far as the eye can see, anyone who has reaped the rewards of farming truly appreciates the ability to do so.


A new law in Michigan ha...

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The Joys and Struggles of Hobby Farming

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


BURLEY • In Cassia County, sugar beet and potato fields stretch as far as you can see, while rolling fields of wheat and barley glisten in the morning sun.


But don’t forget the little guys. Hobby farmers raise a few goats or sheep while working day jobs. From pumpk...

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