Michigan’s Cottage Food Law has been on the books for just a year, but while local foodies say the law is a big step forward, it remains an imperfect vehicle for nurturing an entrepreneurial local food industry.
The fate of feral swine in Michigan has not been decided, but it appears possible legislators might be willing to enact regulations that would prevent the animals from being listed as an invasive species.
The House adjourned Thursday without passing legislation regulating swine hunting ranches, meaning that an administrative order essentially shutting down these ranches will go into effect next month. Kind of.
Commercial agriculture groups and environmental groups support Sen. Rick Jones' announcement of a plan to make an order banning sport swine a new state law.
Rock and roll legend and avid hunter Ted Nugent visited the Capitol today to urge the cattle call of lawmakers circled around him in the House lobby to support legislation that overturns an administrative order that effectively shuts down swine hunting operations.
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a Newaygo County judge’s decision that sustained a state rule intended to prevent large “factory farms” from polluting surface waters.
Proposed regulations of sport pigs on hunting ranches were introduced into the Michigan House and Senate Thursday and forwarded to the state agriculture committee for consideration.
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program bills, signed by Governor Snyder, aim to help farmers evaluate their operations to better identify and prevent possible environmental problems.
Michigan milk producers and consumers are unhappy with Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to save money by getting rid of the state's dairy farm inspectors and turning the job over to the dairy industry.
It has been years of change in the making for two MSU-led research initiatives.
And following Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposals late last week, “change” still is very much part of the futures of MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch.