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Make your holiday season Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT!

Make your holiday season Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT!

When planning your upcoming holiday menus, make sure you keep it local! With more than 300 foods and products grown right here in Michigan, all your meals this season can be Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT. Moreover, you’re supporting the local farm families who take...

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Warmth and views of cows on the horizon

Warmth and views of cows on the horizon

My motivation to get out of bed and trek outdoors in bad weather is knowing that I am responsible for living animals. They depend on me to provide food they require to survive and create heat. I also just enjoy seeing our cattle every day. Something about seeing cattle eating soothes my soul.

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Organic? Cage-Free? What 7 Food Labels Actually Mean

Organic? Cage-Free? What 7 Food Labels Actually Mean

Certain terms, such as “organic” and “gluten-free,” are strictly regulated by agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Others are voluntary seal and certification programs. Still others are manufacturer-driven marketing strategies. Seven common terms that trip people up in the grocery store explained by guest-blogger Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN.

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Keeping the valley growing

Keeping the valley growing

Climb a farm structure, check Michigan corn, wheat and sugarbeet fields, ride in a combine harvesting wheat and step into a food processing facility in Frankenmuth with sixth-generation family farmer Justin Krick.

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How do we know if a product is really organic?

How do we know if a product is really organic?

Have you ever asked your farmer or producer, “Are you certified organic?” The first thing to know about the term organic is that it is a regulated, legal term established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read on to learn more!

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Is farming worth it?

Is farming worth it?

Farming is a way of life…but is it worth it in today’s culture and business climate? One Michigan farmer tackles the topic and addresses the challenges when it comes to growing food for others.

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Farming with Dad

Farming with Dad

I didn’t spend a lot of time on the farm when I was younger, but once I left for college I realized how much I enjoyed farming & working alongside my dad. My dad is often a man of few words, but the conversations I share with him are the ones that I value the most in my life.

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Farm work: Is it hard finding labor?

Farm work: Is it hard finding labor?

Over the past two decades, labor has been an increasing concern for the fruit & specialty crop farmers in Michigan. Learn more from a fifth-generation farmer who grows local fruit.

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Are there hormones in milk?

Are there hormones in milk?

It’s hard to know everything about every food, so farmers are happy to answer about their own areas. I hope you enjoy a tall, cold glass of milk, an ice cream cone, or a pizza tonight – maybe all three!

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Sustainable tile

Sustainable tile

Field tile helps produce a perfect seed bed and strong root base for plants, plus helps equalize Michigan’s unique seasons from the soil’s perspective.

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Do farmers eat what they grow & raise?

Do farmers eat what they grow & raise?

More than once recently I’ve been asked why I farm. There’s no simple answer to the question. Honestly, on those days when things aren’t going well, I sometimes ask myself why I do this.

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Finances on a farm

Finances on a farm

Talking about finances for a household is complicated. Trying to explain finances for a farm is just as complicated, if not more so. My husband and I are dairy farmers and because of that we are selling our milk daily versus seasonal product sales like a lot of other farmers.

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Work-life balance: Motherhood and farming

I have humans relying on me for survival and I can’t commit the time I used to to the farm. There are only so many hours in a day. But I was once told, “The most important thing you’ll ever raise on a farm is your kids. Everything else can be sold or lost in a day.”

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Goals? You have goals in farming?

Goals? You have goals in farming?

Everyone needs change in life, right? But as a farmer, I am not a big “resolution” person. Rather, I am a big goal person. So what are my goals? Read on to find out.

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What do farmers do in the winter?

What do farmers do in the winter?

While it’s true that crop farmers don’t have nearly the amount field work that we do in the growing season, all farmers still have a lot of work to do in the winter.

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Christmas tree harvest

Christmas tree harvest

Have you ever wondered about where Christmas trees are grown before you’re able to buy them in your local area? Learn more today directly from a Michigan farmer!

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Beef project sale

Beef project sale

How does a young farmer get started in raising animals? We talked with a Michigan farmer who raises beef cattle for youth projects and a local auctioneer to learn more.

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Growing up on a Michigan farm

Growing up on a Michigan farm

  Growing up on a dairy farm since I was 7 years old has been a blessing. Living on a farm with animals entails a large amount of responsibility even as a young person. When I was very young, my parents owned and managed a farm with beef cows. I loved walking...

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Dry bean harvest

Dry bean harvest

What do black beans look like on a Michigan farm before they’re in a grocery store? This dry bean harvest video with a local Michigan farmer shows it all!

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Wheat harvest

Wheat harvest

Virtually ride along with a Michigan farmer while he harvests wheat on his family’s farm.

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Breathing life into wildfire-devastated areas

Breathing life into wildfire-devastated areas

Michigan farmers are truly committed to helping others. In March 2017, Michigan farmers breathed life back into communities that experienced great, unimaginable losses. They encouraged people to rebuild and get back to a routine of raising food for families across America and our world.

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Wildfire relief: Michigan convoy reflection

Wildfire relief: Michigan convoy reflection

Michiganders are never more than six miles from a fresh water source. That’s not the case in southwest Kansas where water is consistently scarce and where wildfire relief efforts were needed in March 2017.

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Paying it forward

Paying it forward

Farmers, ranchers and other people pay it forward simply when help is needed. That’s how communities operate, and in March 2017, Michiganders came out of the woodwork to help others who experienced loss in western wildfires.

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Thankful for my hands

Thankful for my hands

When they’re wrinkled, dry and in need of a manicure, a Michigan farmer shares why she’s thankful for her hands. Read on to find out how your hands are similar in nature to those of a farmer.

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Corn harvest

Corn harvest

We have a lot of choices when it comes to local foods in Michigan! Those choices start right on farms. Step inside a local farmer’s “office” for a tour during Michigan’s corn harvest.

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Soybean harvest

Soybean harvest

Ride along with a Michigan farm family during soybean harvest on their farm in southeast Michigan.

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Planting wheat

Planting wheat

Virtually ride along with a Michigan farmer who raises wheat on his family’s farm. He’ll show you around the monitors in his tractor, share how he’s protecting the environment and more – all while planting wheat!

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