AgriNotes & News News and information about the Michigan Farm Bureau en-us Copyright 1999-2018 Michigan Farm Bureau (Michigan Farm Bureau Information & Public Relations Division) (Michigan Farm Bureau Web Administrator) 60 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Sunday Saturday Immigration proposal a breakthrough for agriculture An immigration reform proposal introduced this week in the U.S. Senate has Michigan's largest farm organization dusting off its cautious optimism. Debuted April 17, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act includes two key features that've long been on farmers' wish list. Every day is Earth Day for farmers Michigan's agriculture community will commemorate Earth Week 2013 with a flurry of MAEAP verifications in several counties across the state. MAEAP--the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program--helps farms of all sizes and commodities implement pollution prevention measures and solemnizes their commitment to the highest standards of environmental stewardship. Michigan growers vote on apple, asparagus checkoffs In the wake of Michigan apple growers' decision to continue their own commodity marketing program, the state's asparagus producers now face the same choice. New bridge clears last major hurdle One of the most eagerly anticipated infrastructure projects in Michigan since Mighty Mac cleared its last big hurdle last week with the announcement that President Barack Obama had signed off on the executive permit necessary for building the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). At an April 12 press conference in Detroit, a visibly enthused Gov. Rick Snyder announced the permit's approval, flanked by a host of officials representing local, provincial and national governments as well as boosters from the private sector.