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  • GOP pitches voluntary GMO-free label program
    Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. 
  • Business mushrooms to be state's largest fungus producer
    Kevin Doyle tells mushroom stories the way anglers talk about landing the big one. Once, during a walkabout on his farm, he came across a giant grifola frondosa, or hen-of-the-woods mushroom. 
  • Project may double Michigan hops harvest
    A recently announced project is set to double Michigan hops production by 2016. A Traverse City investment group that typically invests in commercial real estate, MI Local Investment, is prepared to break ground on a 400-acre hops farm in Williamsburg once the ground thaws. 
  • Farm specializes in growing out-of-season vegetables
    Laban Kurtz quickly stepped out of the frosty subzero temperatures at his Cochranton-area farm and into his greenhouse, where it’s a balmy 70 degrees. He surveyed the nearly 6,000 plants in his hydroponic kingdom, a mix of lettuce, leafy greens, tomatoes, red peppers and other produce. 
  • Waiting game or guessing game?
    In previous years, farmers have grown record crops in both corn and soybeans and have been rewarded for holding on to grain. However this year, the record crop has resulted in more corn being left over than in previous years, said Chuck Shelby, president and CEO of Risk Management Commodities. 
  • Optimistic outlook continues for 2015
    The outlook of the livestock industry for 2015 remains positive. After several years of decreasing supplies, the animal sector is experiencing a period of recovery and rebuilding, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt said. 
  • Purdue webinar to focus on 2015 crop outlook
    The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will present a free webinar April 1 to provide farmers and agribusiness firms an updated 2015 crop outlook following release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports, both of which will be released March 31. 
  • Record soybean acres predicted
    A farmer survey indicates a larger shift toward soybean planted acres than initially anticipated. Allendale Inc., an Illinois-based analytical research/brokerage firm, found in its 26th annual producer survey that soybean planting intentions are seen at a record 86.052 million acres, 2.351 million above 2014. 
  • 8-year high for soybean stocks
    Corn’s projected ending stocks were lowered and soybean were unchanged in the latest world agricultural supply and demand estimates released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  • Drop in corn stocks surprises trade
    Few surprises come out of the March world agricultural supply and demand estimates and the report didn’t let anyone down this year as the trade awaits the prospective plantings projections. 



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