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    The Thumb area will have over 600 wind turbines in place or planned this year, according to a Michigan Public Service Commission report.

    Michigan's Thumb quickly becoming state's wind turbine capitol

    AKRON TWP., MI -- Michigan's Thumb area is well know for the diversity of crop production, from carrots to strawberries to wheat, hay, corn, soybeans, sugar beets and some of the finest dairy herds in Michigan.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Cherry harvest is nearly complete in northwest Michigan, one of the state's three key growing areas.

    Michigan's 2014 cherry harvest nearly complete

    SAUGATUCK, MI -- The specter of 2012 still casts a long, dark shadow over Michigan's tree fruit landscape, but for hundreds of west-coast cherry growers, that too-recent memory is making even an average year feel like a win. The families who produce one of the state's most distinctive crops--tart or sweet--will soon close the books on 2014 with a satisfied smile.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Grand Champion Jerseys, from left: Louie Cozzitorto, Melanie Provoast with the Grand Champion and Eric Moser with the Reserve Grand Champion. Photo by Melissa Hart.

    Cows filled every corner at Michigan Dairy Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- With cows in every corner and dairy as the center of the universe, the Michigan Dairy Expo was held July 21-25th at the Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing, MI.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Southeastern Michigan loses respected farm leader

    HOWELL, MI -- Michigan's agricultural community lost a beloved member recently with the untimely death of 56-year-old Richard (Rick) Kawalski of Howell. A widely respected family man deeply involved in his community and the local farming industry, Kawalski was in his third year as president of the Livingston County Farm Bureau.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Jackson County Master Gardener program starts Sept. 4

    JACKSON, MI -- The Jackson County MSU Extension Master Gardener program begins Sept. 4 and runs through Dec. 11, 2014. The class will meet Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m. at the Jackson County MSUE office, 1716 Lansing Ave., Jackson, MI.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Invasive species workshop to offer continuing education

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is offering a two-day, continuing education workshop on invasive species management in conjunction with the Indiana chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Farmers gear up for harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Significant rains alleviated dry conditions in select fields across the state for the week ending August 17, 2014, but were overall too intermittent to provide relief to the whole state according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ending August 17 ranged from 64 to 75 degrees, and from 8 degrees to 2 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 41 degrees; the highest, 88 degrees.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Rain brings moisture to stressed areas

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending August 17, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. This week was characterized by significant rainfall earlier in the week, providing much needed moisture to some stressed areas. Rainfall ranged from nearly zero to over 5 inches in areas around the state. Temperatures were also significantly cooler than normal this week.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Scholarships available for 4-H youth

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Applications for both the MI 4-H Youth Development Scholarship and the MSU 4-H Scholarship are now available on 4h.msue.msu.edu/ awards_scholarships/4-h_scholarships. Applications are due Nov. 1. This is a great opportunity for eligible 4-H members to earn financial support towards their post-secondary education. Please see the web page and applications for specific information.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    There's still time to enter the Michigan Soybean Yield Contest

    LANSING, MI -- This year, 2014, will be the ninth year for a Michigan soybean yield contest. The contest is sponsored by the Michigan Soybean checkoff program and Spartan Agricultural Consulting.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Statewide partnership brings conservation milestone

    SAGINAW, MI -- The Michigan Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) recently surpassed 75,000 acres of enrollment marking a significant milestone in the program's 13-year history. The state is now 88 percent of the way to its overall goal of 85,000 acres enrolled in the program. Eligible lands for CREP fall within three priority watersheds: the Western Lake Erie Basin, Saginaw Bay and Lake Macatawa.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Coalition: Collaboration needed to address water issues

    COLUMBUS, OH -- In the wake of the recent crisis in Toledo, the Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) coalition gathered at Grand Lake St. Marys to discuss collaborative solutions to the state's water resource challenges.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Cooler temps help relieve some stress issues

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Rain combined with significantly cooler than normal temperatures helped alleviate some moisture stress issues this week. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 17, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Aug. 27, 2014