Top Producer's Coverage of Mike Stamp

May 29, 2015 11:30 AM
Top Producer's Coverage of Mike Stamp

See all of the blogs, articles and videos featuring Michigan farmer Mike Stamp.

Stamp Farms Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy

Sept. 24, 2015

By Alison Rice, AgWeb News and Markets Editor

Larry Thomas Stambeck, who worked at the now-dismantled Stamp Farms in Decatur, Mich., was sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell. 

Melissa Sue Stamp Gets 20 Months in Prison

May 29, 2015

By: Alison Rice, AgWeb News and Markets Editor

As part of her plea, Melissa Stamp admitted to hiding money from the bankruptcy court, including $50,000 in cash in her house and two checks totaling $165,000, which she gave to her brother and father. The judge sentenced her to 20 months in prison and 20 months of “supervised release.”

Stamp Farms Employees Indicted on Fraud Charges


March 13, 2015


By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Managing Editor

Three employees of now-shuttered Stamp Farms in Decatur, Mich., have been indicted on charges they conspired to commit bankruptcy and crop insurance fraud while reaping financial benefits. 

Stamp Farms Fallout Continues


March 13, 2015


By: Ben Potter, AgWeb Social Media and Innovation Editor


It has been more than two years since Mike Stamp filed for bankruptcy, but the repercussions continue even today.


Cargill Announces It Will Acquire Northstar Grain LLC Assets

June 18, 2013

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

Cargill officials say they have reached an agreement to acquire the grain storage and crop inputs assets of Northstar Grain LLC and associated properties in Decatur, Mich. Northstar was previously owned by Mike Stamp.

Stamp Farms Land, Equipment to Hit the Auction Block

March 4, 2013
By: Julie Douglas, Top Producer Managing Editor
A land auction, which includes 2,200 acres of farmland in 26 parcels, a large shop and storage building and three homes on smaller acreage, will be held March 27 at noon in Lawton, Mich.

Stamp Farms LLC Sold for $22.8 million

February 18, 2013

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

Some stories create more questions than answers. Such was the case with 2012 Top Producer of the Year finalist Mike Stamp. In November, Stamp Farms had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In December, Wells Fargo (the largest secured creditor who is owed $60 million) filed an ominous injunction that alleged massive grain fraud, but later withdrew that motion. What exactly was going on, and what would become of the prime Michigan farmland Stamp had been farming?

Full-Circle Fiasco, Stamp Farms Update

January 9, 2013

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor

Many farmers struggle with the need to get bigger to gain efficiencies and create a sustainable business. The pressure to grow has never been stronger, as market prices gyrate, land sells within 24 hours and opportunities scream by at the speed of light.

A Finalist, But Not The Winner

Dec 07, 2012
By: Jeanne Bernick, Top Producer Editor
In farming (and award programs), we salute people who succeed. We praise those who work hard to grow their business. We often root for them on the climb up, then analyze and criticize them when they get there.

Stamp Farms Declares Bankruptcy

December 4, 2012
By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor
Top Producer learned today that Stamp Farms LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, Nov. 30, along with affiliate companies Stamp Farms Custom Ag LLC and Stamp Farms Trucking LLC. Estimated liabilities exceed $50 million, with more than 200 total creditors cited in the bankruptcy filings. Monsanto was the largest creditor listed, with a $3.9 million claim.

Caught in the Gap

November 27, 2012
By: Jeanne Bernick, Top Producer Editor
While the staff at Top Producer strives to always provide up-to-date business information, sometimes events happen during the gap between when the magazine is sent to the printer and it reaches your mailbox. That happened this fall.

Farmer’s Approach to "Full-Circle Farming" Takes New Meaning

November 19, 2012
By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor
Stamp Farms and Northstar Grain, which were featured on the cover of Top Producer’s November issue, face uncertainty moving forward, with new concerns that the approach to full-circle farming might not be working.

Full-Circle Farming

October 31, 2012
By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor
You might say Mike Stamp has a DIY attitude. "I’ve always wanted to be self-sufficient," says the Decatur, Mich., corn and soybean farmer. "If we need to build something, we can make whatever we need to make. We can do whatever we need to do."

Meet Mike Stamp, Top Producer of the Year Finalist

In less than a decade, this 37-year-old Michigan farmer grew his operation from a single semi to 40,000 acres. 


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