The last national United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey of U.S. wildlife damage to agriculture took place in 2001 and estimated $944 million in losses. At the national level, primary wildlife species resulting in losses to field crops included deer, turkeys, raccoons and waterfowl (collectively 75% of the reported losses), with 22% attributed to other species. For vegetables, fruits and nuts, deer, ground squirrels and other small rodents, crows, raccoons and rabbits were most frequently reported (64%), with other species accounting for 36% of the reported losses. All of these species have the potential to significantly impact agriculture in the Midwest as they are generally abundant and widespread in agriculture-dominated landscapes.
In an effort to identify and address agriculture and wildlife priorities in Michigan, Michigan State University has developed a brief survey (less than 3 minutes) and are asking all farmers to participate. The results of the survey will drive future research and mitigation efforts.
Hop Growers of Michigan makes a positive difference in Michigan’s hop industry by supporting educational opportunities and research for better hop production and processing, as well as advocating for and promoting the use of Michigan grown hops.