Ag Department launches online resource portal
First came the polar vortex with record-low freezing temperatures, followed by a cold, wet spring and early part of summer. These weather patterns pummeled Michigan farmers with a one-two combination, setting up much of the state’s agriculture industry for a TKO.
State and federal resources have been made available to offset the devastating impact the weather has had on the industry. But knowing where to apply for those relief measures can be frustrating.
That’s why the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently launched an online resource and information portal that provides farmers and producers with a one-stop spot to find the help they need. The website will be updated as new information and programs are added.
“Wet conditions are preventing farmers from getting into the fields and from planting this growing season. In parts of the state, farmers are now so many weeks behind schedule that they are nearly out of time and options for this year,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “I am encouraging our farmers to reach out to their area USDA and Michigan State University Extension experts for guidance during this difficult time.”
According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, a June crop report rated only 40% of corn in good to excellent condition and 38% of the soybean crop and wheat crops were thriving.
The farmer resource website is at michigan.gov/cropdisaster.