- Remarkable Success of MSU Extensionís 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."
Detroit, MSU partnering on global food system innovation
- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing talks with Russ White
It's called Metro Food Plus Innovation Cluster @ Detroit, and "it's all about how we utilize our land and resources to create economic development and jobs," says Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
The ultimate goal is to transform Detroit and position the city as a world center for urban food systems technology and development.
Detroit will be connected to an international community of cities seeking innovative solutions to 21st-century food, water and energy challenges for urban populations.
Michigan State is the home of the network, The Global Innoversity.
"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."
Mayor Bing wants to transform Detroit's resources by including Detroit's 80-some existing community-based farms into the mix.
"In the end, from an economic development standpoint, I'm hopeful this will be an industry that can create jobs, which is what we need in this city," says Bing.
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