Climate change and water quality are 21st century grand challenges with significant impacts on Michigan’s agricultural future. Michigan agriculture must be better prepared and equipped to be part of the solution to address climate change mitigation, adaptation and environmental sustainability, as well as promote the protection and efficient use of our state's invaluable water resources.
The Agricultural Climate Resiliency Program — which operates through MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension — was established in 2024 through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget with $1 million in recurring funds to support research and outreach. A non-recurring investment of $5 million will go toward a competitive grants program, in which MSU researchers and Extension specialists can apply for three-year grants of up to $1.25 million.
In addition to competitive grants, one of the program’s objectives is to increase MSU knowledge and expertise in strategic areas of climate and water science. This involves a cluster hire of six new faculty positions and two Extension educators with the $1 million State of Michigan recurring investment, with startup packages supported in part by the MSU Office of Research and Innovation. An additional six faculty positions will be hired with funds from the MSU Office of the Provost.
Published on February 1, 2024
The Agricultural Climate Resiliency Program is a partnership among MSU, the Plant Coalition, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Published on January 18, 2024
An MSU-led team used a novel analytical method known as yield stability zones to show the relationship between crop yield and soil health. The results can help farmers lower input costs and increase yield, while lessening environmental impact.