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Frankenmuth Farm Toy Show

August 2nd is the date......Frankenmuth, Michigan is the location.  Click on the link below for more information:

USDA Extends Deadline for Great Lakes Conservation Funds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the application deadline for $6.3 million in conservation financial assistance available to private landowners in Michigan. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding will be used to implement conservation activities that help improve water quality and wildlife habitat around the Great Lakes.

The financial assistance is available to farmers and agricultural producers in selected Michigan watersheds. Farmers and landowners interested in obtaining financial assistance for conservation improvements on their land must apply at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office before Aug. 8, 2014. The application deadline was extended by one week to allow more Michigan farmers the opportunity to apply. The financial assistance is available to agricultural producers in the Saginaw Bay area, the Western Lake Erie Basin area in southeast Michigan, and in areas of Northern Michigan near the Great Lakes.

A portion of the USDA funding is targeted to reducing the amount of phosphorus that runs off of agricultural land and enters the Great Lakes. Phosphorus runoff from farm land and other sources is responsible for algae blooms that damage aquatic habitat and water quality. Phosphorus runoff from farm land can be greatly reduced by adopting conservation practices like cover crops, conservation tillage and buffer strips. The USDA offers financial assistance for these and other conservation practices.

More information including eligibility area maps and local office contact information is available on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website at

2014 Dry Bean Variety Research Plot Tour Schedule

The plot schedule is as follows:


August 11- Sidetracks Restaurant, Crooks, Michigan......noon
August 12 - Tyler Idalski, Rogers City, Michigan....10am
August 12 - Duane Dellar Farms, Harrisville, Michigan....6pm
August 21 - Bay County, Schindler Farms, Kawkawlin, Michigan 6pm
August 25 - Montcalm County, Porter Farms, Coral....6pm
August 26 - SVREC Field Day, Frankenmuth, Michigan....9am
August 26 - Tuscola County, Zimmer Farms, Unionville, Michigan...6pm
August 27 - Sanilac County, Wadsworth Farms, Sandusky, Michigan...6pm
September 3 - Huron County, D&D Farms, Ruth, Michigan....6p
September 4 - Gratiot County, Steve Hoard Farm, Breckenridge, Michigan....6pm

Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems Field Day

Dennis Pennington would like to personally invite you to attend the Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems field day held on August 29 at the Kellogg Biological Station near Hickory Corners, MI.  The day will include classroom education in the morning, field plot tours in the afternoon and a list of resource tools that participants can take home with them.  I have attached a flyer with more information.  The program is free (including lunch) but we need you to register at

USDA Program Supports Renewable Energy Projects

PIGEON – State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) wants to make his constituents aware of a grant program for farmers and rural small businesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The program supports renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar arrays.
"Having access to reliable sources of energy is critical for rural businesses, especially farms," Brown said. "I encourage farmers and entrepreneurs in the Thumb to consider applying for this program."
To qualify for fiscal year 2014 funding, applicants must submit their proposals to the USDA Rural Development State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on these dates:
·        July 7 for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications
·        July 31 for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications
More information is available at the USDA website. In Tuscola County, residents can visit the USDA Rural Development office in Caro, located at 1075 Cleaver Road, or call (989) 673-8173, extension 6. Huron County residents have access to an office in Bad Axe at 1460 S. Van Dyke Road and at (989) 269-9549.

Grants And Low Interest Loans Are Available From Rural Energy In America

Click on the link below to get more information and apply:


http://USDA REAP grant applications sought to implement energy conservation practices, bioenergy projects

Deadline is July 31

Breakfast On The Farm Continues This Year

Click on the link below for all the details including times and locations:


http://Enjoy free family fun and learning at three Breakfast on the Farm events

39th Annual Old Engine and Tractor Association Show

Dates are August 8, 9, and 10.  Threshing, baling, daily parades, shingle mill and antique autos are all a part of this event.  This year, Oliver Equipment will be highlighted.

For more information, go their website:


Fall Family Days 2014 at the Octagon Barn

September 5, 6 and 7th are the dates for Fall Family Days at Gagetown.  Theme for this year is "Apples".  More information will be coming.


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