- 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."
- Detroit, MSU partnering on global food system innovation
"I'm pleased that MSU has chosen Detroit as a partner from an innovation standpoint," says Bing. "MSU is trying to help us utilize the resources we have to feed Detroiters and Michiganders, and to export food around the globe."
- USDA Conservation Financial Assistance Available for SE Michigan Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making conservation financial assistance available to farmers in southeast Michigan as part of an effort to improve water quality in Lake Erie. Farmers have until April 27, 2012 to apply for the assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
- Wine that not only pleases the palate, but boosts Michiganís economy
Viticulturist Robin Usborne offers techniques for growing robust wine-ready grapes and picking out the right Michigan wine to pair with holiday meals.
Keith Creagh: Agriculture and economic development for Michigan
- Keith Creagh talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM
Governor Rick Snyder recently signed an executive order officially adding rural development to the Department of Agriculture’s mission.
As director of the newly-renamed department, Creagh has been charged by the governor with integrating resources across government in order to make infrastructure improvements and expand educational opportunities that will make producers of food and other agricultural products anchors in rural communities, providing sustainable, long-term jobs.
"If you like to eat, if you have a pet, if you drive a car, we actually touch everyone every day," he says. "Economic development for Michigan will drive everything we do."
Creagh says his department focuses on fundamentals like food safety, consumer protection, and environmental aspects of farming.
"Agriculture is not just cows, plows, and sows," Creagh says. "It will play a key role in Governor Snyder's plan to reinvent Michigan and get our swagger back as a state.
"Agriculture today is a high tech industry that relies on trained professionals with knowledge of the newest methods from biology and chemistry to packing and shipping. Expanding educational opportunities will give Michigan’s agricultural producers a competitive edge and ensure jobs are available for recent graduates who want to stay in their home communities,” Creagh says.
Creagh says he will focus on rural and urban agriculture and the economic development opportunities they present.
"Our budget challenges are moving us to make sure we provide programs that have value," Creagh says. "We will retain programs that provide return on investment for the citizens of the state."
Creagh also talks about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the January 27 Agriculture's Conference on the Environment, and the development of Michigan's culinary tourism program.
Click on the arrow above to hear Creagh's January 23 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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