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    Urban Farming

    Inna Mirzoyan

    What is the first thing you think of when you hear the city of Detroit? An urban area with blocks and blocks of unused land? Well, did you ever think that land can be used as a contributing factor in Michigan’s agricultural business? Malik Yakini, founder of D-Town Farms, believes agriculture ...

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    Legislation and Michigan’s Agricultura …

    Inna Mirzoyan

    In the recent year, the Michigan legislature has been very vocal in their attempts to strengthen the state’s agricultural business. Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes (D), for example, has introduced a bill in March which would “empower Downtown Development Authorities” to “promote local agriculture, products and farmers markets” (MichiganVotes). Also in March, ...

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    Proposed Promotion of Urban Agriculture …

    Chelsea Neblett

    Senate Bill 1015 would amend the current Land Bank Fast Track Act, specifically sections 2 and 4. The Land Bank Fast Track Act presently allows state and local governments "to assemble or dispose of public property...to promote economic growth". Senate Bill 1015 would add the promotion of urban agriculture to the ...

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    Michigan Farm Performance

    Peter Goralski

    The United States Department of Agriculture's 2007 Agricultural Census has been released. An article in the Muskegon Chronicle provides a nice summary from a Michigan perspective. The good news is that Michigan livestock and crop sales increased by 53 percent from the previous census in 2002 ...

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    rBST in Milk

    Peter Goralski

    This video from the Michigan Farm Bureau discusses the discontinued use of rBST in milk. The use of rBST increases milk yields so farmers who stop using it can expect decreased yields. Assuming that rBST is harmless to both cows and humans, should the Michigan Farm Bureau engage in a public ...

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    Farmland Preservation and Wind Power

    Peter Goralski

    Farmers enrolled in Michigan's farmland preservation program, commonly known as PA 116, and wishing to have wind turbines installed on their land, have faced uncertainty over their status under PA 116 until now. The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a statement regarding the department's stance towards the placement of ...

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