As we enter into the harvest season for some of Michigan's major crops, Kirk Heinze discusses the overall status of our state's agriculture with the current and past presidents of the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA).

Nels Velliquette

Anyone can sign up for a COVID test in Michigan, but there is a group of people that don’t have a choice: Farmworkers.


The state health department requires farms to test employees. 


That’s after hundreds of workers got sick at farms and food processing facilities across the state. 


So far, thousands of workers have been tested.  

But the process has left many frustrated — there was even a lawsuit.

Kurt Stepnitz

Results from a nearly 30-year ongoing study published by researchers at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station show that over the long-term, no-till agriculture produces improved crop yields.

Public Domain Agency: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Toxic algae blooming in Lake Erie is creating safety concerns for humans and aquatic life prompting the state of Michigan to work with farmers to reduce the phosphorus levels in field runoff. 

man in field
Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

As spring planting season begins, Michigan farmers are getting new guidance on protecting their workforce from the coronavirus. 


vice-president and aides
Courtesy / Matthew Dae Smith / Lansing State Journal

Vice-President Mike Pence made a stop in Lansing Tuesday to talk about agriculture.


Mike Pence photo
Courtesy photo / Gabe Skidmore

The annual legislative seminar of the Michigan Farm Bureau in Lansing will hear from Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.

Russ White | MSU Today

Kirk Heinze talks about agriculture with the always knowledgeable, always straightforward and always engaging, Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. Byrum is retiring from his role leading MABA next February. He discusses several key issues affecting the agriculture industry and reflects on 24 years at the helm of MABA and 46 years in the agricultural industry.

soybean field

Michigan’s Governor and senior U.S. Senator are concerned that escalating tariffs on Chinese goods may end up hurting Michigan’s economy. 

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, fire

About 250,000 hens have been killed during a fire at a mid-Michigan poultry operation.