- 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."
Dan Wyant on DEQ's Quality of Life Mission
- Dan Wyant talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM
“It’s a group executive concept that Governor Snyder has brought to this administration,” Wyant says. “The Quality of Life Group is composed of three departments: the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.”
The Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources were combined under the Granholm administration, but have since been split under the Snyder Administration.
“These issues are very complex and important, the new structure will allow for a span of control coordination. This also gets to the reinvention of government that Governor Snyder is promoting.”
The three departments fall under the Quality of Life umbrella. Administration services such as accounting, auditing, and budgeting and fleet management are now shared in the new cabinet. The new structure allows for coordination of policy and resources, efficiency and directed efforts around complex issues.
The Quality of Life Group’s focus is on preserving our natural resources, which, Wyant says, “Make Michigan great.”
Michigan’s 3,200 miles of shoreline provides twenty percent of the world’s fresh water. It’s the United States north coast- 2nd only to Alaska.
“We are using the natural resources to promote Michigan as a place where people want to live, work and play,” says Wyant.
Wyant says that we must protect our natural resources for future generations and a way of doing this is through the economic opportunities in agriculture and environmental stewardship.
“To be successful, we have to be leaders in environmental stewardship,” says Wyant.
Click on the arrow above to hear Wyant's Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR and Friday evenings at 7 on MSU's Impact Radio.