milk http://michiganradio.org en President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-east-lansing <p>President Obama called the farm bill "a jobs bill” before he signed it into law today in East Lansing.</p><p>The president says the nearly $1 trillion package of farm subsidies and food assistance spending will benefit rural communities in Michigan and around the country that have struggled in recent years.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 16353 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing Michigan dairymen waiting on a congressional deal on the federal milk pricing system http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-dairymen-waiting-congressional-deal-federal-milk-pricing-system <p>Michigan dairy farmers have been ‘unnerved’ by the lack of a federal milk pricing plan.</p><p></p><p>Congress’ failure to pass a new Farm Bill this past fall threatened to scrap the current milk pricing system and let the system revert to an outdated 1940’s model.</p><p></p><p>Consumer prices could potentially double.</p><p></p><p>Ken Nobis is the president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association.</p><p></p><p>“In terms of planning for the future, it’s not good that we have this uncertainty today,” says Nobis.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10572 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan dairymen waiting on a congressional deal on the federal milk pricing system Feds win lawsuit over drugs in Michigan cows http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-win-lawsuit-over-drugs-michigan-cows <p>HAMILTON, Mich. (AP) - A judge says a western Michigan farm violated federal law by selling cows for slaughter with illegal levels of antibiotics.</p><p>Judge Gordon Quist ruled in favor of regulators who say Scenic View Dairy in Allegan County repeatedly ignored warnings about selling the cows for human consumption.</p><p>Quist didn&#39;t order a penalty last week and says he doesn&#39;t want to put Scenic View out of business. The judge told the farm and the government to come up with an agreement by the end of September.</p><p>Scenic View&#39;s primary business is milk but about 70 cows a week are sent to slaughter for human consumption. The farm claims there are exceptions to the government&#39;s drug rules. But the judge says<br />they don&#39;t fit. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 19:03:16 +0000 The Associated Press 4062 at http://michiganradio.org