- 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."
Doug Buhler: MSU on the cutting edge of modern agriculture
- Doug Buhler talks with Lou Anna K. Simon and Mark Hollis
From MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR:
Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Doug Buhler, the interim dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“When we look at agriculture today, it’s really a global industry,” Buhler says. “We’re at the cutting edge of economics, policy and science and if you want to use those tools to feed the world or protect the environment this is really a good place to launch an exciting and relevant career.
“It’s really an exciting time to be in agriculture,” adds Buhler. “I think the two issues I’d like people to understand is how connected we are in international trade and policy and also the level of technology – both engineering and biological – that’s going on in agriculture now.”
Buhler says the college oversees and offers to students a variety of other programs, too.
“One of our most successful is packaging,” Buhler says. “These students get good jobs and we have the original packaging program in the country.
The conversation also touches on the food vs. fuel debate and the potential for urban agriculture to be an economic engine in Detroit.