Michigan’s food and agriculture activities had a direct economic impact of $52.4 billion in 2010, up nearly 46 percent from 2004. Counting indirect and induced activities, the industry’s total economic impact reached $91.4 billion in 2010, up 52 percent from 2004.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it filed a suit against a Cheboygan County hunting preserve for allegedly having swine that violate Michigan's Invasive Species Act.
Complaints go both ways in this case, though.
With some extra money to work with, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources plans to help more farms achieve top environmental compliance, beef up its inspections of migrant housing, create regional food hubs to help promote local foods, and work with rural communities to hel
Michigan farmland prices are expected to rise in value this year, the fifth year in a row that croplands have bucked property trends during an otherwise depressed real estate market.
A recurrent but so far elusive strategy for the rejuvenation of Detroit -- turning tracts of abandoned property into farmland -- may get a boost soon in the Legislature, where a bill to restore the city's right to regulate agriculture is slated for introduction this week.
Michigan's agriculture industry is seeing a migrant labor shortage, a result of an illegal immigrant crackdown in selected U.S. states, grower groups told the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development today.
Zanesville, Ohio is a good example of why Michigan's laws regarding ownership of exotic animals should not be relaxed, according Ron Kagan, executive director of the Detroit Zoo.
People with health conditions and organic farmers can register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to be notified of pesticide applications on nearby properties.
According to the annual Michigan Land Value survey conducted in the spring of 2010 by the department of agricultural, food, and resource economics at Michigan State University, farmland values increased 1.4 percent from spring 2009.
State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, has proposed again legislation that would allow farmers to shoot more deer with fewer hassles, he said.