• Jennifer Vincent

    Conservation Compliance Not Always Clear

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on October 4, 2013

    In this October issue of Michigan Farmer you'll find a couple of stories on farmers who are struggling with the state's Natural Resources Conservation Service to stay in compliance after land was cleared under varying scenarios. One thing is clear, if you want to remain eligible for federal farm programs, you best have a determination made before one tree is cut or one puddle drained. And, if you did something 20 years ago you're unsure or uneasy about, don't assume you…

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    Bovine TB Situation Continues To Worsen

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on May 22, 2013

    If you own cattle in Michigan, two of the worst words to hear are TB-positive. In March, bovine TB was discovered in a 100-plus head Saginaw dairy farm. Lesions, which are indicative of the infection, were discovered at slaughter. Any farm that's designed TB-positive is a concern, but it becomes extraordinary when it's outside of what's considered the TB core area of northeast Lower Michigan. Unfortunately, the bad news doesn't end there. On May 3, the Michigan Department…

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    See Season Through Farmers' Eyes On Web

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on May 1, 2013

    Growers are generally well aware of what's going on in their own fields. But, what about what's going on the other side of the state or in neighboring states? It can be raining in one area and dry just five miles down the road. Pests and diseases sometimes develop in patterns, and sometimes not. To get a sampling of what is happening in the Midwest, Michigan Farmer, Indiana Prairie Farmer and Ohio Farmer editors have teamed up and lured in, or more accurately roped in, a couple of…

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    Only Thing Certain In Michigan Is Weather Uncertainty

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on April 23, 2013

    Donned with my winter coat and three blankets wrapped around every exposed part of my body, last Saturday I watched as my daughter's softball team proceeded to snow blow and shovel the field they were about to play on. Last year at this time I was sporting a tank top and a pretty decent tan. Ah… it's Michigan. Love it or hate it, one thing is certain, there's complete uncertainty when it comes to the weather. After a parched 2012 summer, most farmers were rejoicing at…

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    Eggs – No Hen Necessary

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on March 18, 2013

    Incredible, edible eggs – in addition to our scrambled, over-easy and poached breakfast favorites, they also provide the glue that keeps our meatballs from becoming mush and our cookies from crumbling. It's irreplaceable… or is it? What if we could take the hen out of egg production? I realize that's a risky proposition for an editor of a farm publication, but when we're talking projections of about 9 billion people on this planet by 2050, it's an intriguing…

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    Specialty Crop Research Void

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on March 4, 2013

    Last year around this time I was in Nashville at the Commodity Classic listening to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rail on how we desperately need a new farm bill. At that time there looked to be hope, as the Senate, led by Michigan's own Sen. Debbie Stabenow, was making strides to develop a program that gave farmers tools to reduce risk, increase trade opportunities, protect the environment and grow yields for both food and bio-products. Most of you know the story. The…

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    2012: Feast Or Famine, Farmers Plan Little Changes

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on February 13, 2013

    The 2012 growing season was the best of times, and the worst of times, depending on where you are located in the state. An assembly of three growers on a panel underlined that dynamic during Michigan State University Extension's Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference in Lansing, Jan. 24. Yields were bouncing around more than a dozen five-year-old boys in an inflated cage. Devastation and celebration were in some cases defined by only a few miles. And in some cases, it was defined by…

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    Stop black balling baby carrots

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on February 5, 2013

    I see it more and more these days, people seem to enjoy hitching a ride on the wave of negativity. When something sounds a foul or even the least bit suspicious, whether it be true or not, people are more than willing to join in the parade of crusaders to spread the news of some kind of wrong. The latest Facebook fallacy I recently came across was a smear tactic to undermine one of my ranch-dipping partners – baby carrots. How dare they bash bata carotene goodness. It’s one…

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