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Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor

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UM students grow, prepare and eat food from campus farm

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No kidding! Try a goat yoga class in Detroit

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Farms caught in Canadian trade dispute find buyers for their milk

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Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor
CASS CITY, Mich. — The owner of two Michigan dairy farms pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring workers who were in the U.S. illegally and agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to the government. Denis Burke, an Irish immigrant, admits he employed more than 100 people who were in the U.S. without legal permission. Guilty pleas were also entered on behalf of his farms, Dunganstown Dairy and Parisville Dairy, both located in Michigan's Thumb region   Read More ...
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UM students grow, prepare and eat food from campus farm
Ann Arbor — Students in University of Michigan dining halls this fall will eat fresh tomatoes, kale, peppers, cucumbers and a variety of other vegetables grown by their classmates at UM’s Campus Farm. After attaining USDA Good Agricultural Practices food safety certification in June, students from the farm made their first fresh produce delivery to Mosher Jordan dining hall last month, playing their own role in helping the university to its goal of buying 20 percent sustainably sourced food by 2025   Read More ...
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Farming school will help African communities
I’m coming to America. Actually, I’ve already arrived — I got here in the middle of August — and I’ve come twice before, leaving my farm in Zimbabwe and flying across the ocean to meet other farmers and share my story. This time, however, I’m going to stay for more than a few days. I’ll take a break from growing sorghum and spend the next two years earning a master’s degree in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology from Michigan State University   Read More ...
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Michigan woman admits hiring illegal labor at dairy farms
RUTH, Mich. — A judge has accepted a guilty plea in an investigation of illegal labor at dairies in Michigan’s Thumb region. Madeline Burke pleaded guilty to hiring people without verifying that they were eligible to work in the U.S. The government says the workers were in the U.S. illegally. Burke and her husband are natives of Ireland. They operate two dairies near the tip of the Thumb   Read More ...
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DEQ head delays ruling on fish hatchery expansion
Lansing, Mich. — The director of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality is delaying a decision on whether a fish farming operation can substantially boost production of rainbow trout on the Au Sable River. Heidi Grether wants an administrative law judge to reconsider whether Harrietta Hills Trout Farm should have to monitor fish for whirling disease under a permit that would let the company gradually raise output to 300,000 pounds annually at its facility in Grayling, up from 20,000 pounds a few years ago   Read More ...
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Quirky U.P. animal swap keeps rural traditions alive
The Trenary Fur and Feather Swap is a chance to trade farm animals. But it's really about trying to save a fading way of life. Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press. This quirky fair is a chance to trade farm animals. But it's really about saving a dying lifestyle. Buy Photo. TRENARY, Mich. — For anyone who has ever dreamed of trading their chickens for a goat, this was the place to be   Read More ...
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Farmer's market, marketplace opening at old Big Boy site near Detroit's Belle Isle
DETROIT - The former site of a Big Boy restaurant in Detroit will be turned into a farmer's market and marketplace. The site, at East Jefferson and East Grand Boulevard, across from Belle Isle, will feature more than a dozen vendors. Being called the Islandview Village Marketplace, it will also include the Eastern Market Farm Stand program. The marketplace will open Fridays, from 4 - 7 p   Read More ...
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Boy, 6, run over, killed by farm equipment in southwest Michigan
VOLINIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities have released more details about the death of a boy following an accident on a farm in southwestern Michigan. The Cass County sheriff's office says the 6-year-old boy was riding in the bucket of a skid steer loader Wednesday at a farm in Volinia Township when he fell out. He was partially run over by the equipment, which was being used for landscaping work   Read More ...
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Boy dies after farm equipment rolls on him in SW Michigan
The Cass County sheriff's office says the boy was riding on the equipment about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when he fell beneath it at a farm in Volinia Township.   Read More ...
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No kidding! Try a goat yoga class in Detroit
Things are a bit wild at Pingree Farms’ Goat Yoga in Highland Park, where every Saturday four-to-five classes meet to do yoga with goats and lambs. Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Na-a-a-m-a-a-aste. Things are a bit wild at Pingree Farms’ Goat Yoga n Highland Park, where, every Saturday, four to five classes meet to do yoga with goats and lambs. Each class of 22 rolls out yoga mats on top of straw in an urban farm building across the street from a 12-acre garden, where anyone can come pick produce for free   Read More ...
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The Michigan origins of goat yoga
Things are a bit wild at Pingree Farms’ Goat Yoga in Highland Park, where every Saturday four-to-five classes meet to do yoga with goats and lambs. Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. All roads lead back to Michigan with goat yoga. The concept was started by Muskegon native Lainey Morse, 45, who lives in Albany, Ore., on a farm with 10 goats   Read More ...
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Farms caught in Canadian trade dispute find buyers for their milk
MILWAUKEE — Just days before they might have had to close, most of the Wisconsin dairy farms caught up in a trade dispute with Canada have found buyers for their milk, enabling them to stay in business. At risk had been some 58 farms ranging in size from 80 to 3,000 cows. Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood, Wis., said it would stop buying from the farms effective Monday because it lost millions of dollars when Canada changed its milk-buying practices to favor Canadian farmers at the expense of U   Read More ...
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Meet Ellie, the super mom of the MSU dairy farm
EAST LANSING — Holstein cows at Michigan State University’s Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center lined up Dec. 5 for their turn at the milking parlor. Ellie, the matriarch of the farm, was among the first to be milked. Her dark-colored eyes shined bright as she hung her head below a nearby guard rail. You wouldn’t know she’s the most senior cow on the farm by the way she acts,   Read More ...
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‘Agrihood’ project focuses on farm-to-table in Detroit
'Agrihood' aims to bring urban farm produce to local tables Buy Photo. Detroit — Officials at a farm operation in the city’s north end unveiled a partnership Wednesday that will help transform a long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus. The nonprofit Michigan Urban Farming Initiative has teamed with BASF and Sustainable Brands to   Read More ...
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Urban farms flourish, but neighbors feel growing pains
Detroit — If Matthew Wollack has his way, a desolate section of the city’s east side will get new life in the form of an 11-acre apple orchard. The senior director of development and marketing for Wolverine Human Services said the social service agency has served the neighborhood for 30 years, endured its decline and is motivated to reverse it. Its Core Orchards concept, complete with a farm-to-table restaurant, educational   Read More ...
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Man, 55, dies after being found in dairy farm's manure pit
MILLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 55-year-old man has died after being found in a manure pit on his dairy farm in Michigan's Thumb region. The Tuscola County sheriff's office says in a release that firefighters found the man Friday and he was "beyond any medical assistance." The pit is about a dozen feet deep and had a foot to 16 inches of liquid manure at the bottom. Rainbow Creek Farms   Read More ...
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Hop farms not taking off in Illinois despite craft beer boom
CHICAGO, IL (AP) – The hop farming craze has yet to fully take root in Illinois even though Chicago’s craft beer scene is growing. The Chicago Tribune reports that Michigan will have planted more than 800 acres of the crop by the end of 2016, while Illinois only grows 30 acres of hops. Hop farms have popped up throughout the Midwest as the craft brewing trend has increased the demand   Read More ...
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Hop farms not taking off in Illinois despite craft beer boom
CHICAGO (AP) — The hop farming craze has yet to fully take root in Illinois even though Chicago's craft beer scene is growing. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2aZmUqi ) reports that Michigan will have planted more than 800 acres of the crop by the end of 2016, while Illinois only grows 30 acres of hops. Hop farms have popped up throughout the Midwest as the craft brewing trend has increased the   Read More ...
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Dry weather hurts Christmas tree farms in mid-Michigan
Buy Photo. LAINGSBURG, Mich. — Recent dry weather is threatening Christmas trees at farms across central Michigan. Ed Carpenter of Peacock Road Farm in Lainsburg tells WILX-TV that he's already lost about half of the 4,000 new trees that he has planted this year. But he says he's been hand-watering the remaining trees to keep them alive. Carpenter says he almost stopped raising trees after a drought wiped out Peacock   Read More ...
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Middleville man discusses loss of 18-year-old son while working for dairy farm
Jose Perez talks about his 18-year-old son who was one of two teenage farm hands who suffocated to death in 2010 while cleaning out a tank holding fermenting molasses used as dairy cattle feed additive at Yankee Spring Dairy in Middleville.   Read More ...
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Loose dog kills 280 chickens at Michigan farm
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. — A dog wandering from home in Michigan's Thumb region has killed 280 chickens, more than half of them young chicks. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the husky was found at the scene of the attack Friday at Bird Creek Farms in Port Austin. The dead included 120 hens. The dog was taken to an animal shelter. It's possible the dog will be euthanized. The chickens   Read More ...
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Loose dog kills 280 chickens at Michigan Thumb farm
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — A dog wandering from home in Michigan's Thumb region has killed 280 chickens, more than half of them young chicks. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the husky was found at the scene of the attack Friday at Bird Creek Farms in Port Austin. The dead included 120 hens. The dog was taken to an animal shelter. It's possible the dog will be euthanized. The   Read More ...
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Dairy farms taking a toll on Great Lakes, waterways
On an August weekend in 2009, campers in the Port Huron State Game Area began to realize there was something terribly wrong with the Black River. They were finding dead fish floating on the river’s surface. Eventually, the cause of the fish kill was traced to an excessive application of liquid cow manure at Noll Dairy Farm in Croswell. State officials said the discharge affected more than 20 miles of   Read More ...
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Farms can get fed help for meeting environmental standards
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal funding is available to help Michigan farm operations get certification for meeting environmental protection standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can provide assistance for producers trying to implement practices that can make them eligible for verification through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program. The assistance is intended for farmers who have begun the verification process but need to implement one or two   Read More ...
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Michigan Farm Council Exposes Snyder Administration’s Lack Of Testing And Press Release After Contamination Investigation
The Michigan Small Farm Council (MSFC) reports that the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), under Gov. Snyder’s administration, failed to test food samples after toxic levels of lasalocid was found in feed given to animals being raised for meat in 2014. MSFC says that MDARD also failed to produce any press release about the incident.The contaminant was first discovered in livestock feed around the same time that   Read More ...
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Storm Demolishes Dairy Farm
Powerful winds rip apart large dairy farm in Decker, Michigan. WDIV's Jason Colthorp reports.   Read More ...
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