2016-17 MSU AgBioResearch-MSU Extension Legislative report cover

2016-17 Legislative Report

Published October 1, 2017

By: MSU Extension, AgBioResearch

The 2016-17 MSU AgBioResearch-MSU Extension Legislative report contains stories on the latest developments in MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

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Fueling the economy

Published on October 1, 2017

The Michigan State University Product Center works with entrepreneurs to grow businesses, create jobs, and strengthen the economic vitality of Michigan communities.

Testing for food toxin in U.S. grocery store items

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University researcher Felicia Wu has worked on investigating a food toxin known as aflatoxin.

Closing the farm-to-table gap with Breakfast on the Farm

Published on October 1, 2017

MSU Extension works to improve this disparity with programs like Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) which provide an open door for the community to learn how its food is produced, and meet the local farmers who produce it.

Empowering parents with the skills to support positive discipline and future success

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension offers Positive Discipline workshops to help adults learn how to discipline their children.

Connecting with residents

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension has been actively helping people improve their lives by reaching them wherever they are.

Preparing Michigan youth for future employment

Published on October 1, 2017

Youth today need well-rounded skills applicable to any job as well as the ability to explore potential opportunities in a safe way.

Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture continues growth, expands impact on industry

Published on October 1, 2017

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture saw rapid growth from 2015 to 2017.

Growing aquaculture industry offers opportunities for youth, job development

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan Sea Grant Extension helps facilitate aquaculture programs for high school students.

Fishing for the latest in research, trends, lake management at Great Lakes Fishery workshops

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan Sea Grant Extension holds workshops to discuss research findings, lake management updates and fishing trends.

Serving the underserved: Preparing the children of Detroit for success

Published on October 1, 2017

Through a variety of programs, Michigan 4-H is stepping up to help Detroit youth.

Helping small communities dream big for the future

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan Sea Grant’s Sustainable Small Harbors Project has enabled six communities with public harbors to do in-depth self-assessments.

Improving calf health

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension worked to identify best management practices to reduce FPT in dairy calves on Michigan dairy farms.

Promoting local arts, food and culture with rural driving tour

Published on October 1, 2017

Since 2011, Michigan State University Extension has played a vital role in the development and continued success of the annual Arts and Eats event.

Providing vital continuing education to local elected officials on land use issues

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension developed a comprehensive training for local elected officials through continuing education opportunities.

Letter from the Directors

Published on October 1, 2017

A letter from the directors.

Leveraging State funding

Published on October 1, 2017

Measuring the state's investment in MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

Funding

Published on October 1, 2017

Funding for fiscal year 2016-2017

Restoring ecosystems through fire

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University scientists are working with U.S. Forest Service fire managers to improve methods to restore barrens.

Revitalizing Detroit through strategic community partnerships

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension has formed several strategic partnerships to ensure that the Motor City continues to thrive.

Helping meat processors comply with state food safety regulations

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension developed a package of comprehensive training programs and resources to help processors comply with the requirements as set forth by the MDARD.

Empowering healthy lifestyle choices for a healthier generation

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan 4-H Youth Development provides youth with opportunities to learn about food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Helping Michigan’s homeowners take control of their finances

Published on October 1, 2017

Homebuyers must assess their own financial situations and the financial options available to them.

Forming community partnerships to identify economic development opportunities

Published on October 1, 2017

This Michigan State University Extension program is providing the essential leadership and organizational training that will allow communities to come together.

From the Dean

Published on October 1, 2017

A brief message from College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean, Ron Hendrick.

2016-2017 Legislative Report Production Credits

Published on October 1, 2017

Production credits for this year's Legislative Report.

Selecting trees that flourish in urban settings

Published on October 1, 2017

A Michigan State University associate professor leads a team of researchers to identify tree species that are adaptable to the stress of urban settings.

Improving genetic selection may hold key to peaceful pig grouping

Published on October 1, 2017

Genetic selection may be the solution for preventing fighting among pigs in group housing.

Protecting Kirtland’s warbler with jack pine forest management

Published on October 1, 2017

A Michigan State University professor and a team of researchers look at ways to manage Michigan forests to sustain the Kirtland's warbler population.

Combating antibiotic resistance and understanding changing regulations in animal agriculture

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension creates awareness and provides relevant information to impacted audiences regarding the Veterinary Feed Directive.

Breeding better wheat

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University's wheat breeding and genetics program is helping to develop the best new varieties of wheat.

Controlling soybean diseases with lab, field tools

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University's researcher, Martin Chilver's searches for ways to combat diseases that threaten soybeans.

Protecting Michigan’s fruit from invasive spotted wing drosophila

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University researches effective ways to manage spotted wing drosophila from destroying fruit production.

Pairing education with food access throughout Michigan

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension produces newsletters which focus on making healthy life choices.

Working with state government to conserve our natural heritage

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension's Michigan Natural Feature Inventory benefits state agencies and the public to conserve the natural heritage of Michigan's flora and fauna.

Assessing a community’s tourism fitness

Published on October 1, 2017

The First Impressions Tourism (FIT) program was designed to help Michigan’s rural communities that are interested in community revitalization via tourism and recreation.

Increasing access to important field crop research with webinar series

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension educators are reaching more farmers by providing an annual Field Crops Webinar Series.

Protecting pigs and people with proper biosecurity and hygiene

Published on October 1, 2017

Biosecurity and personal hygiene can help protect both pigs and people at county fairs and various events.

Lighting the way to the future

Published on October 1, 2017

Greenhouses require lighting and the Michigan State University Extension floriculture team offer regional meetings and online courses on greenhouse and horticulture lighting.

Developing biodegradable plastics to reduce negative environmental impacts

Published on October 1, 2017

Auras and collaborators developed a biodegradable mulch film along with a black film used for weed suppression.

Training the next generation of farmers

Published on October 1, 2017

The Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is a response to ongoing inquiries from those with little to no experience in farming.

Making a difference in college education enrollment

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University's 4-H Youth Development program helps prepare youth for college.

Creating new programs and partnerships in Flint

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension creates health resources to better the lives of those in Flint.

Creating environmental caretakers and conservationists

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension offers several programs to teach young people about the science and ecology of Michigan's environment.

Responding to stress in farm communities throughout Michigan

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension helps to end the stigma surrounding mental health with workshops to help participants practice mindfulness to reduce stress.

Providing food safety training to reduce foodborne illness

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension food safety education programs train participants to prevent incidents of foodborne illness associated with unsafe food handling practices.

Solving lawn and garden challenges with consumer horticulture hotline

Published on October 1, 2017

Responders to the Garden Hotline assist Michigan residents throughout the state, regardless of the location of the caller or expert.

Uncovering the role of the placenta in pregnancy immune tolerance

Published on October 1, 2017

An associate professor at Michigan State University studies immune tolerance related to pregnancy.

Connecting consumers with experts online

Published on October 1, 2017

Ask an Expert is a streamlined system that allows Michigan residents to get important questions answered.

Improving water quality through septic system education

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension provides resources to educate Michigan families about the essential maintenance of septic systems.

Fighting obesity and improving nutrition in Michigan communities

Published on October 1, 2017

Michigan State University Extension provides programs that focus on helping people gain the knowledge the need to buy and prepare nutritious, budget-friendly foods.

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