Long Hard Road for Michigan Farmers

The extremely wet spring that wiped out chances for much of Michigan’s corn and soybean crops will have long-lasting impacts.

That’s the consensus of agriculture leaders testifying before a joint hearing of the state House and Senate Agriculture committees at Michigan State University yesterday. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 19-point-four-million acres of farmland had no crops this year nationwide, with over 73-percent being in Michigan and eleven other states in the Midwest. The Michigan director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency says it’s the highest amount of unplanted acres since they started keeping those records in 2007.