2009-01-15 / Sports

Field Notes 01/15/2009

Farmers to see return on investment
STATEWIDE — A record number of farmers participated in the 2007 Census of Agriculture that takes place every five years. Census results will be announced Feb.4 by the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office and other field offices across the country.
“The true value of the Census of Agriculture is in the information it provides,” said Dave Kleweno, director. “The census charts trends in agriculture and provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive data for every county in the nation.”
It provides facts and figures on nearly every aspect of U.S. agriculture, including number and types of farm operations, economic aspects of farm production and the demographics of U.S. farm operators.
The data collected is valuable for farmers and ranchers and helps them make informed decisions about the future of their operations. The information also is used by all who serve farmers and rural communities, including government agencies, community planners, agribusinesses, lenders, trade associations and many others.
“The information provided from the census is really the voice of our nation’s farmers and ranchers,” said Kleweno. “They took the time to tell us about what’s happening in agriculture on a local and national level. That voice will be heard by policy makers and other agricultural stakeholders now and in the years ahead.”
Results will be available online and in various publications issued by NASS. Details: www.agcensus.usda.gov or 1-800-727-9540.

January elk hunt approved
NORTHERN MICH. — A five-day elk hunt that will run Jan. 14-18 was announced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Jan. 5.
This is only the third time in 25 years that a January hunt has been held. All hunters who applied for an elk permit, but were not drawn, were eligible, and an additional 40 hunters were selected for this hunt.
The DNR management goals for the winter herd range from 800-900 elk in Montmorency, Cheboygan, Presque Isle and Otsego counties. But because the herd has expanded outside the four-county area, they are now found in Alpena, Alcona, Emmet, Charlevoix and Oscoda counties, say state officials.
Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason added, “Hunting has been an effective management tool in maintaining both the elk population and distribution of elk in Michigan. These special seasons are instrumental in managing elk outside the traditional elk range.”

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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