• Scorsone and MSU Extension Center recognized by USDA

    Posted on December 1, 2016 1:23pm

    Director Eric Scorsone and his team members at the MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their work in the midst of the financial crisis in Flint, Michigan.


  • AFRE People and Awards December 2016

    Posted on December 1, 2016 1:13pm

    AFRE People and Awards for December 2016

  • Success through collaborative scholarship

    Posted on December 1, 2016 1:01pm

    Assistant professor Saweda Liverpool-Tasie loves collaborative scholarship—and she’s good at it. 


  • Giving TUEsday campaign to raise funds for CANR Student Club Grants

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    Posted on November 29, 2016 8:02am

    Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year’s #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.

    This fund provides support for scholarships, student club activities and alumni programming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The fund also underwrites the CANR Alumni Association’s Student Club Grant Program. 


  • Act now! Space still available to attend the 9th annual ZAC Program, Feb. 15-16, 2017

    LPI’s Mark Wyckoff joins a group discussion during the 2015 ZAC Program. Photo courtesy of Kurt H. Schindler, AICP, MSUE. (view larger image)

    Posted on November 28, 2016 2:43pm

    Since 2009, the MSU Planning & Zoning Center (PZC), a part of the MSU Land Policy Institute, has offered the Zoning Administrator Certificate (ZAC) Program in locations all around the state. New and current zoning administrators make up the majority of participants attending the training. However, the program has attracted private consultants, local elected officials, county planners, and state agency staff who consult with local Zoning Administrators. It has even attracted some unexpected participants who may have taken on the responsibility of the zoning administration, due to lack of staff and funding at the municipal or county levels.

    The PZC is offering the training program in Plymouth at the Hilton Garden Inn on Feb. 15-16, 2017. Space is available and early registration ends on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, so be sure to reserve your space today!

    All zoning administrators (ZA) should attend this program at some point in their career. The sooner they take the classes after becoming an administrator, the better able they will be to do their job well. The ZAs who have attended the program have had varying levels of experience and all have benefitted from the program.

  • Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

    Portrait of author Lauren Cooper (view larger image)

    Posted on November 23, 2016 3:35pm

    In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that “cutting trees is bad for the environment.” While true that global forest loss has environmental implications, sustainably managed working forests can provide impressive climate benefits in both carbon sequestration and long-term carbon storage.


  • Alumnus, student earn Mitchell Scholarship

    Joel Arnold, Mitchell Scholarship recipient and recent MSU grad in Social Relations and Policy and Urban & Regional Planning (view larger image)

    Posted on November 20, 2016 12:51pm

    Joel Arnold, a recent Michigan State University graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, are two of 12 students in the country to earn the Mitchell Scholarship, which is a competitive graduate school scholarship.

    Arnold and Born are two of the three Mitchell Scholars from MSU. The last Mitchell Scholar from MSU was selected in 2001.

    The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    “Congratulations to Joel and Margaret on receiving this prestigious recognition,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “As Spartans, they have the talent and tenacity to make an extraordinary impact. I join the entire MSU community in wishing Joel and Margaret good luck on their journeys to make the world a better place.”

  • Forest die-offs ricochet to distant ecosystems

    View of a tropical forest in the Amazon from the top of the 54m tower in Caxiuanã, Brazil. (view larger image)

    Posted on November 18, 2016 10:02am

    The world feels the impact of the infamous El Niño as a mass of warm water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean dramatically changes weather patterns. According to new study published in PLOS ONE, major forest loss and die-offs can have similar far-flung impacts on climate and vegetation. The effects of deforestation, drought, heat and beetle infestations are not only impacting local landscapes, but also affect weather patterns and the health of vegetation in faraway regions. 


  • Animal Science Apparel Sale

    Animal Science shirt (view larger image)

    Posted on November 17, 2016 2:32pm

    T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, fleece jackets, and polos!

  • MSU Forestry graduate student wins for Kirtland’s Warbler research poster

    Poster: Can Short-Rotation Biomass Harvests Increase Options for Management of the Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler? (view larger image)

    Posted on November 17, 2016 10:06am

    MSU Forestry master’s student Daphna Gadoth-Goodman won third place for her poster during the 2016 National Society of American Foresters Convention in Madison, Wisc.

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