- Remarkable Success of MSU Extension's Master Gardener Program Underscores Power of Empowerment
MSU Extension initiated the program in Michigan in 1978 and, according to the Master Gardener website, there are now over 23,000 certified volunteers in 72 counties.
- Michigan Milk Producers conserve water with new innovations, practices
At the MMPA Ovid Plant, raw milk is condensed through an evaporation process that yields an average of 130 million net gallons of water annually, which adds up to more than 400 million gallons in the last three years.
- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan launch new Ag Report
"We're excited to launch our brand new Ag Report to discuss issues that have a dramatic impact on agriculture and to discuss ideas for continuing to grow this vital sector of Michigan's economy."
- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan: Promoting Michigan agriculture's power and potential
"The things that we focus on tend to be pretty big picture," she says. "Trade is a big issue for them." Statewide infrastructure is a main focus of ALM, Byrum says, including broad topics such as roads, bridges, railroads, ports and waterways.
- MSU and Detroit plant seed for urban food system innovation
Detroit, a postindustrial city, has its weaknesses including abandoned properties and liability issues, but Foster is hopeful. "Detroit is a very unique city," he says. "We could actually be a global thought leader for cities around the world."
Eggs: helping us learn about sustainability and food safety Part 2
- JeffArmstrong talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
"If you want to see evolutionary changes in the food system, and it should occur on the farm, we need to get better, we need to house animals where it's the best welfare, the best food safety, lower the carbon footprint, use less water, etcetera," Armstrong says.
McDonalds along with other commercial food partners has agreed to be a part of a coalition for sustainable egg supply with holistic approaches, Armstrong says.
On a farm in the U.S., a commercial level research trial with 50,000 laying hens in each of the three different systems will help determine how to better the egg industry. The three types of systems include: a caged system, an enriched colony system or larger cage with 60 birds where they can perch and nest, and lastly an aviary, a huge cage with many birds in the system, Armstrong says.
This will be the first study of its kind to help determine how to better animal welfare and food safety for the egg industry with holistic approaches.
With a considerably fewer amount of food resources, the nation must produce 70 percent more food for 9.3 billion people in 2015 and 70 percent of those people will live in rural areas, Armstrong says. Armstrong emphasizes the importance of sustainable food systems and says leadership must help the world's ever-changing food needs.