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  • Standing Up for Ethanol

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Extension Educator Roberta Osborne finds an on-line comment that's really catching her eye...

    Standing Up for Ethanol

  • Tom Springer Commentary

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Tom Springer, a native of Three Rivers, Michigan, is an author of several books including "Looking for Hickories" -- an ode to the people, places and lore of the Midwest.  It's our pleasure to visit with him from time to time.  This time around he shares some thoughts on those sometimes helpful -- sometimes frustrating devices used in keeping a yard looking its best...

    Tom Springer commentary

  • Early Freeze Concerns

    Posted by Rick Shields

    In the spring it's late frosts -- in the autumn it's an early freeze.  An early-September chill in the air, although nowhere near a hard freeze, gives some growers reason to worry...

    Early Freeze Concerns

  • Farmer Salute

    Posted by Rick Shields

    From time to time we take time to aalute another leader in Michigan agriculture.  This time it's a member of the Cassopolis FFA chapter who's getting ready for a busy final year of high school and beyond.  Meet Rachael Mroz...daughter of Kevin and LeeAnn Mroz of Marcellus...

    Farmer Salute

  • Grey Leaf Spot

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Blame it partly on this season's weather...row crop growers have another problem to scout for...

    Grey Leaf Spot

  • Watch Out for the Turtle

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Tom Springer of Three Rivers, author of - most recently - Looking for Hickories the Forgotten Wilderness of the Rural Midwest - shares his affinity for the natural world with us from time to time.  This time, he makes his point as he considers a lowly turtle crossing the road.

    Watch Out for the Turtle

  • Vilsack on Crop Tour

    Posted by Rick Shields

     President Barack Obama believes the rest of the country can learn something from Rural America - that's why he recently spent three days traveling through rural communities in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

    U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack joined the President for the Midwestern Bus Tour

    Vilsack on Crop Tour

  • Raspberry Picking Time

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Except near the lake, blueberry picking has wound down in Southwest Michigan - but other fruit are coming on and one of them is raspberries as I found in this visit to a Van Buren County U-Pick operation on 66th Avenue and County Road 657.

    Raspberry Picking Time

  • Farm Bill Hearing

    Posted by Rick Shields

    It's a familiar refrain for Senator Debbie Stabenow.  The Sanate Ag Committe Chair says the Farm Bill is really a jobs bill.  She - along with ranking Republican Pat Roberts heard testimony Thursday in Wichita, Kansas...

    Farm Bill Hearing

  • Farm Bill Hearing

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts are in Wichita, Kansas for another round of farm bill hearings.

    Many ag industry leaders are set to testify today (Thursday) - including Bob Henry - chair of the Farm Bill Committee of the American Soybean Assocation. He says there will be plenty of things on his list to bring to the attention of the lawmakers.

    Farm Bill Hearing

  • Corn Exports to China

    Posted by Rick Shields

    While China has approved some U.S. biotech corn hybrids - the process is slow and may be impeding the growth of the U.S. corn export market. Zhang Shihauang (Zang Shi-wong) is one of the top corn breeders in China. He says they would like to narrow the gap between U.S. and Chinese corn production potential - but the rate of biotechnology acceptance has been slow…

    Corn Exports to China

  • Tomato Taste Off

    Posted by Rick Shields

    Another great taste of summer happens this weekend spotlighting locally grown produce...

    Tomato Taste off