Improving our ability to process fruits and vegetables is important to the economy. To do this, it's necessary to invest in cultivating an educated, informed and well-trained workforce.

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$100 billion

is the value of the Michigan food and agriculture economy


undergraduate students will benefit each year from the renovated Fruit and Vegetable Campus Lab


Food Processing Mobile Labs will travel to 3 community college partners participating in the IAT program

As the nation's first land-grant university, Michigan State University has led the way for research, teaching and outreach in agriculture and natural resources. In partnering with Michigan’s agricultural industry, MSU’s responsibility to educate and train the next generation of workers brings with it the added responsibility of ensuring they are trained on the latest equipment and technology.

Half of all agriculture-related jobs in Michigan are in food processing. Through renovations to the on-campus Fruit and Vegetable Lab and the creation of three Food Processing Mobile Labs, MSU is preparing students for careers in this competitive industry.

Food Processing Fact Sheet (PDF)


Overall Project Costs

Total project: $5 million (for mobile labs and food processing academic program)

  • Mobile Lab Goal: $2.25 million
  • Academic Program Goal: $2.75 million
  • State of Michigan Funding (FY18): $1.2 million
  • Additional Funding to be raised for Mobile Labs and Academic Programs: $3.8 million
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