The 939-acre Fred Russ Forest allows researchers to conduct long-term research on Christmas tree seed production and other projects aimed at preserving the diversity and abundance of Michigan forests.

Established 1942

Forest products and Christmas trees are among the top 20 agricultural crops in Michigan. The 939-acre Fred Russ Forest allows researchers to conduct long-term research on Christmas tree seed production and other projects aimed at preserving the diversity and abundance of Michigan forests. The forest also features a 14-acre park that is open to the public for hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.

Fred Russ Experimental Forest now offers Spartan Pure Maple Syrup as part of a research effort in best practices for high-vacuum sap extraction. Spartan Pure Maple Syrup is made from pure maple sap, with no additives or preservatives. Now available at MSU Stores, MSU Surplus, Kellogg Biological Station and Kellogg Forest.

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Bottles of Spartan Pure Maple Syrup are now available.

New MSU collegiate-licensed product, Spartan Pure Maple Syrup, available for purchase

Published on July 27, 2015

Michigan State University is tapping into the expertise of researchers at the Fred Russ Forest in Decatur, Michigan, through the development of a collegiate-licensed product, Spartan Pure Maple Syrup.

Red angus cattle at the MSU AgBioResearch Lake City Research Center

M-AAA awards more than $600K in grants for MSU animal agriculture research

Published on December 11, 2014

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.

Michael Jones, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife professor

MSU AgBioResearch announces new assistant director of natural resources programs

Published on October 22, 2014

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 and MSU AgBioResearch acting associate director

MSU AgBioResearch names new acting associate director

Published on June 26, 2014

George Smith, MSU animal science professor, will serve as acting associate director of MSU AgBioResearch beginning July 1.

Public tour at MSU AgBioResearch center

MSU research centers to host public field days

Published on May 13, 2014

MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer.

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