The 1,745-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. This wood will come from the surplus growing in the forests and from willow and poplar energy plantations on marginal farm land in the northern parts of the state. Work focuses on increasing yields, decreasing costs, reducing greenhouse gas and energy losses, retaining rural jobs, and improving supply chain efficiencies. Research at the center also focuses on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.
In February 2010, the Upper Peninsula Tree Improvement Center was renamed the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center (FBIC) to emphasize the evolving focus of MSU AgBioResearch research activities there.
Seventeen Michigan State University researchers and Extension outreach and education specialists have received more than $600,000 in funding from the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture.
MSU fisheries and wildlife professor Michael Jones has been named assistant director of natural resources programs for MSU AgBioResearch. This is a new part-time position within the organization.
George Smith, MSU animal science professor, will serve as acting associate director of MSU AgBioResearch beginning July 1.
MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer.
Raymond O. Miller has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.