3.   Farmers market returns 

Thursday, July 06, 2006 

By Gary W. Morrison

The Grand Rapids Press 

GRAND RAPIDS -- West Michigan Environmental Action Council's weekly
farmers market returns after a one-year hiatus. 

The council and Divine Grace Church are opening the market July 13 in a
parking lot across from the church at Franklin Street SE and Fuller
Avenue on the city's Southeast Side. 

The market will be open Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 12, said
Tom Cary, director of sustainable and agriculture systems for the
council. Each month, plans are to have special events, such as a fried
green tomato festival. 

The council had markets in 2003 and 2004 with funding from Michigan
Department of Community Health. This year's markets are with a Kent
County Health Department grant of $15,000, which helps pay Cary as a
market manager. 

The partnership with the church provides space for the market, with the
church's youth pastor assisting Cary. 

Youths from the church are expected to help at the market. 

Paul Geer, co-owner of Frozen Creek Farms, feels the location will give
people easier access to fresh produce and vegetables. 

"Markets help both the people and small farmers," said Geer, who plans
to sell freeze-dried herbs, soups and vegetable dips along with fresh

"It brings fresh food to the people and helps farmers who have things to
sell to survive." 

One month in and the NEW downtown location of the Ypsi Farmer's Market
(Tuesdays, 3-7 pm) is going strong, and continuing to grow!  We continue
to add vendors, and the rain has not kept people away!   We hope that
you'll stop in-- even today!  Growing Hope has organic kale & collards,
peas, broccoli, and more from Needlelane Farms in Tipton, as well as
hydronic tomatoes grown by FFA students at the votech in Lenawee
County... Steve Carpo's got APRICOTS, rasberries, and cherries(!!!)...
there are great breads and baked goods, greens, potatoes, honey, & more!


Today is also our first on-site Project Fresh training (about 100
attended the first series last Saturday at the Ypsi Depot Town Farmer's
Market!), so we'll lots of participating moms and little ones around for
extra fun!  AND, the credit card and EBT (food stamp) transactions are
going well... So there are many ways to shop! 


Join us today and every Tuesday in the Key Bank Center lot, in downtown
Ypsilanti on the corner of Michigan Ave & Hamilton.  Flyers are
attached-- please pass along, or print & post!


Amanda Maria Edmonds                                                

Executive Director, Growing Hope                        

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4.  Second annual field day on Enhancing Beneficial Insects with Native
Plants will be held on August 1, 2006. 


This 1-day event is targeted to: 

*	farmers/growers, 
*	Extension educators, 
*	NRCS personnel, 
*	Conservation District personnel, 
*	Master Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts. 

In addition to what we talked about at last year's field day, this
year's field day will include up-to-date information about the plants
most attractive to beneficial insects,new plants we are considering for
attracting beneficials, and a demonstration of native plant seeding. 
Please feel free to distribute to any interested individuals and groups.

Field day information and registration forms are available at: 
Thank you,
Anna Fiedler 
Anna Fiedler
Graduate Student
204 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
Michigan State University
E. Lansing MI 48824-1311
Lab: 517-432-5282
Fax: 517-353-5598


5.  Inconsistent Weed Control With Glyphosate Reported

Illinois farmers have recently been reporting inadequate weed control
"with an initial postemergence application of glyphosate in soybean,"
according to University of Illinois (U of I) Extension weed scientists
Aaron Hager and Dawn Nordby. 

"The species most commonly mentioned include waterhemp, horseweed
(marestail), giant ragweed, common ragweed and common lambsquarters,"
they report. "We have observed a similar 'decreased performance' from
glyphosate-containing products for each of these species during past
seasons (lambsquarters in 2001 and 2005, horseweed in 2003, giant
ragweed in 2004, etc.), but it seems that inconsistent weed control with
glyphosate may be as widespread in 2006 as in any previous season." 

Nordby and Hager list a number of possible factors that may be behind
this year's glyphosate difficulties, including dry/drought conditions,
weed size, insect feeding and spray application timing, rate and volume.
"Past, present, and near-future weather conditions can influence
herbicide performance by affecting how much herbicide enters the plant
and, to some extent, how extensively the herbicide translocates within
the plant following absorption," they report. "Dry soils coupled with
hot, low-humidity days tend to reduce the amount of herbicide absorbed
by plants. In contrast, weeds growing with adequate soil moisture
typically absorb applied herbicides faster and often more thoroughly." 

For more information on potential reasons for problems with
postemergence weed control with glyphosate products, visit the following
U of I Web link:
<> .

6.  Rust Movement Remains Minuscule

Thanks to drought conditions in the southeastern U.S., soybean rust has
stalled in its march northward, according to USDA. Soybean rust has been
confirmed in only a few sentinel plots in the southeastern U.S. and has
traveled no further north than southern Alabama. 

"We are approaching the first flowering stage for soybeans in our
sentinel plots in Ohio, and it's very unlikely with these low levels of
inoculum that our growers are going to have to deal with this," says
Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University plant pathologist. According to
the USDA's Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education,
located at
-- soybean rust has been confirmed on kudzu patches in 23 counties: 12
in Florida, five in Alabama, four in Georgia and one each in Louisiana
and Texas. 

Despite the slow movement of the disease, plant pathologists and Ohio
State University Extension educators will monitor the 36 sentinel plots
in Ohio throughout the remainder of the growing season, says Dorrance.
"There is an outside chance of disease development on soybeans that have
been planted late or had to be replanted, so the monitoring must
continue," she adds. "Overall, even though the disease may not appear,
we still have to go through the process and collect the data, because
the negative data is often more important than the positive data." 

Even if a sudden inoculum buildup were to occur, an epidemic in Ohio is
being discounted. "At just a 3% infection level in soybean fields across
the state, we would have to have 12 million spores hit every acre in the
state all at the same time," notes Dorrance. "With 5 million acres, that
just doesn't compute, and we'd know that soybean rust was present long
before it ever reached that level because it would be everywhere." 

Soybean rust could enter Ohio through a variety of routes: south through
Kentucky, from North Carolina over the Appalachian Mountains, or up the
Mississippi River and along the Ohio River through southern Indiana and
western Kentucky. For more information on soybean rust, log onto
<> .
For information on soybean rust recently found in Louisiana, visit the
following Delta Farm Press Web link:
<> .
Source: Ohio State University News and Media Relations


7. Julberty's Dairy has been  bought out by Dean's -the huge dairy
conglomerate, of dubious fame.  


Worst of all, besides losing a distinctly Upper Peninsula business, is
that the buyout is rumored to involve Farm Credit, financing.  In other
words, our tax dollars are financing the dissolution of a dairy company
that actively promoted RBGH-free milk products and local farms.


But, the news gets worse..a CAFO  (Confined Animal Facility Operation)
that was planned for the Trenary area, and met with such vehement and
immediate local opposition it withdrew, is now headed for Delta County
and the same water guzzling, animal abusing, drug laden milk production.
Once again, USDA financing through Farm Credit is assisting this move,
and residents have not been made aware of the plans and potential
problems that will most assuredly accompany a milk CAFO in the Upper
Peninsula.  Just what is it these clowns don't understand about the
importance of water -clean water- open spaces and good forage and
forests in our region?


The CAFO was run out of the Marquette and Trenary area by alert,
informed citizens who were literally willing to put their bodies on the
line to show immediate opposition and informed dissent to the dirtbags
even floating a proposal to jam in such a wasteful and polluting
business.  I am sure Delta County has people who also value their
rivers, streams, fields and forests and do not see a 'factory farm' as a
positive addition to the area.


Please pass this message along, and I will keep trying to learn more
about this, especially the governmental financing of the proposed


During this past year, Upper Peninsula small farms have shown once again
that local, naturally produced agricultural products are sought after
and provide local jobs, unique regional, healthy food.  We know this,
Michigan Farmers Union knows this, and we need to keep letting our
friends and neighbors know too.


Thanks, and yes, there will be something we can do.


Yours on the up trail,


sue raker


Calumet, Michigan



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)



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