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Niles, MI 49120


​Growing Contest — Pumpkin
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160
2nd Place: Chris Johnston, Burns #160
3rd Place: Lois Hicks, West Oshtemo #1630

Growing Contest — Pumpkin — Juniors 9-11
1st Place: Marc Johnston, Burns JG #325
2nd Place: Cory Johnston, Burns JG #325

​Growing Contest — Sunflower Head
1st Place: Sharon Popler, Burns #160

Agriculture Annual Report
Welcome to the 144th Annual Convention of the Michigan State Grange!! It is hard to believe that it is time for yet another Michigan State Grange Session. Time sure goes by fast and for some reason this year has gone by way too fast!! I hope everyone has enjoyed my articles as at times I felt like I was just rambling on but at the time I was writing them it was what was on my mind. Agriculture in our Great State is a very important part of life and of the State Economy, and I feel honored to be the Director of the MSG Agriculture Department. I look forward to seeing how many entries the Ag Department receives in the first year of having classes at State Session! I hope to continue to bring you information on this Department that has meant so much to our Great Organization when it was first founded! I hope everyone enjoys the State Session and their stay at The Comstock Inn!!!

Happy New Year everyone! Wow, did 2017 really just end?!! Well I am sure everyone is starting to think about Spring and winter is not even half over! I am thinking of Spring because I am already tired of snow thanks to the great Lake Effect area that I live in. It is December 12th as I write to you and we have already had 2 big lake effect snow storms since Dec 1st, and there is more coming and then 40 degree weather and then more cold and snow just in time for Christmas. I know it is important to have snow during the winter months as that helps to add moisture to our farm fields and also helps to protect the winter wheat during the cold months.

Yes, snow is a part of everyday life during winter in our community. And don’t we often wish we didn’t
have to live with it, but we couldn’t live without it.

So while you sit and look at the snow float from the sky, think about what you might want to plant in
your gardens or yards this coming spring. Now is a great time to be looking through the seed catalogs
and plant books for those special favorites you might want to plant and then share the crops with friends
and neighbors.

​​Here is a good reason to be planning early. Be sure to check out the Agriculture Department in the Program Book. I have added some new classes as well as keeping the classes from 2017 for all ages (separate divisions for Adults and Juniors) to enter at the 2018 State Session pertaining to Agriculture. I hope all will really look at entering something. If our State Session was during the late Summer or early Fall months, we could do more classes to deal with fruits, vegetables and flowers. But it is kind of hard to do tomatoes or raspberries in late October. ​​Have fun with these classes as I took some of the suggestions that were given at the 2017 State Session for possible classes and also ideas from the Illinois State Grange Agriculture contest classes from clips provided to me by Brother Tom Smith of my Pomona Grange. In the coming articles I will be including some items that were in an Article entitled “10 Myths About Farming” which was written by Jenna Gallegos from The Washington Post. Topping the list was: Most farms are corporate-owned. This myth is probably the most pervasive on the list. It is also the furthest off-base. Nearly 99% of U.S. Farms are family owned. The vast majority of these are small family farms, but the bulk of our food comes from large family farms.

​Well that is all for now. Here is hoping 2018 is a great Grange year for all and brings bounty to our Agriculture Neighbors and Friends!