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2017-18 Legislative Report

Published October 1, 2018

By: MSU Extension, AgBioResearch

The 2017-18 MSU AgBioResearch-MSU Extension Legislative report contains stories on the latest developments in MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

Articles

Helping dairy farms increase milking efficiencies and improve the milking experience for cows

Published on October 1, 2018

Employee milker training programs standardize processes used on many farms.

Analyzing farm businesses and planning for success across generations

Published on October 1, 2018

MSU Extension’s Farm Business Analysis program, in conjunction with TelFarm Accounting, assists growers in maintaining records to track biological inputs and financial transactions and then analyzing the results to guide management decisions.

Improving food access and nutrition education in Flint

Published on October 1, 2018

In partnership with the Flint community and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MSU Extension continues building on existing healthy environment initiatives as well as introducing new interactive nutrition education kiosks.

Preparing residents for homeownership

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension’s homeownership education helps homeowners make informed decisions by discussing advantages of homeownership and steps in the homebuying process.

Providing flexible learning opportunities for farmers

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension offers webinars on various topics through the Field Crops Webinar Series and Beginning Farmer Webinar Series to reach underserved grower audiences who may not be able to attend in-person meetings.

Educating community officials with dynamic online learning

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension’s Citizen Planner Program has been the premier land use educational opportunity for Michigan’s elected and appointed officials for decades.

Revitalizing urban and rural communities through tourism assessment

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension developed the First Impressions Tourism program to meet the needs of Michigan’s rural communities interested in community revitalization via tourism and recreation.

Empowering people with key financial education

Published on October 1, 2018

MSU Extension offers several programs to assist individuals, households, organizations and communities to become more sustainable spenders through education focused on financial capability.

Fighting obesity and improving nutrition in Michigan communities

Published on October 1, 2018

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

Solving the phosphorous pollution puzzle

Published on October 1, 2018

When fertilizers run off into nearby streams, rivers and lakes, phosphorus in the fertilizer can degrade water quality, promote harmful algal blooms and, in extreme cases, cause massive fish kills.

2017-18 Legislative Report Leadership Notes

Published on October 1, 2018

A message from the leadership of MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and CANR.

Providing learning opportunities through Michigan Sea Grant place-based education

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan Sea Grant provides educational programming and support for the regional NEMIGLSI place-based education network.

Restoring habitat, assisting communities in implementing green infrastructure

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan Sea Grant has partnered on several multiyear projects helping communities successfully complete habitat restoration projects as well as review and change ordinances and codes to encourage green infrastructure implementation.

Promoting water safety, saving lives in the Great Lakes through Michigan Sea Grant

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan Sea Grant implemented a multifaceted approach to public outreach and education about rip currents and other swimming hazards to improve beach safety on the Great Lakes.

Helping restore habitat and protect native plants and animals on Michigan island

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan Sea Grant coordinated efforts to team up students with scientists to monitor Pitcher’s thistle and effectiveness of treatments to reduce invasive Phragmites on Big Charity Island.

Forecasting risk runoff through EnviroImpact Tool

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University and Michigan Sea Grant Extension and other partners produced the MSU EnviroImpact, an online decision-support tool providing users with regularly updated forecasts for surface runoff risk.

Providing critical Drill Conductor Training to state, tribal commercial fishers

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan Sea Grant provides training to help state and tribal Great Lakes commercial fishing vessel captains fulfill U.S. Coast Guard regulations related to instruction, drills and safety orientations, and onboard emergency instruction.

Educating Michigan youth about the dairy industry

Published on October 1, 2018

Thumb Dairy Odyssey Days was created with help from a Huron County 4-H member to educate area youth who want to learn more about agriculture and careers in the dairy industry.

Preparing Michigan youth for future employment

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension offers 4-H Youth Development programs that focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career exploration and workforce preparation.

Developing civically engaged leaders

Published on October 1, 2018

MSU Extension is helping to develop youth as current and future leaders by providing programs that instill young people with knowledge and skills to become positive agents of change.

Building healthy habits for a healthier generation

Published on October 1, 2018

To prepare children and youth with these critical competencies, Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development is teaching youth about food, nutrition, physical activity and personal safety.

Confronting animal agriculture’s challenges through growing initiative

Published on October 1, 2018

With $600,000 from Michigan State University and the backing of the animal agriculture industry, the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture was born in 2015. Since then, funding has diversified and grown considerably.

Increasing consumer agriculture literacy from farm to table

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University Extension works to improve this disparity with programs such as Breakfast on the Farm, which provides an open door for consumers to learn about modern food production and meet the local farmers who produce it.

Improving educational resources for Michigan fruit growers

Published on October 1, 2018

Fruit growers in Michigan face many challenges that can have huge impacts on their businesses.

Supporting agricultural workforce development across Michigan

Published on October 1, 2018

The MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology supports the state’s food and agriculture needs for a qualified workforce by offering relevant specialized training on campus and across the state by partnering with 10 community colleges.

Saving veterans and bees with Heroes to Hives program

Published on October 1, 2018

In 2016, Michigan State University Extension introduced the Heroes to Hives (H2H) program to support veteran wellness through professional training and community development centered on beekeeping.

Protecting Great Lakes landscapes for healthy pollinators

Published on October 1, 2018

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits and vegetables.

Assisting produce growers in complying with farm food safety laws

Published on October 1, 2018

Growers have the option to enroll in the On-Farm Readiness Review, a voluntary, confidential verification program by trained individuals to ensure compliance.

Growing opportunities to learn about food processing learning on, off East Lansing campus

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University has received $4.4 million from the state of Michigan to renovate an on-campus food processing laboratory and create a new mobile food processing unit.

Developing strategies to prevent chronic wasting disease

Published on October 1, 2018

A disease of the nervous system exclusive to members of the cervid family — deer, elk, moose and other hoofed, antlered, ruminant mammals — chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease with no known cure or vaccine.

Solving critical plant agriculture problems for 20 years

Published on October 1, 2018

For 20 years, Project GREEEN has been a catalyst for linking researchers and outreach specialists with commodity organizations, growers and the state of Michigan to solve critical plant agriculture problems.

Supporting pollination in agriculture

Published on October 1, 2018

MSU led the Integrate Crop Pollination project, a nationwide, multi-institutional research project to investigate the performance, economics and farmer perceptions of different pollination strategies across a range of fruit and vegetable crops.

Continuing to bear fruit: MSU AgBioResearch scientist’s blueberry varieties

Published on October 1, 2018

The blueberry varieties developed by Michigan State University AgBioResearch fruit breeder James Hancock continue to have a significant impact on the blueberry industry in both Michigan and around the world.

Mitigating effects of invasive insect attacking hemlock trees

Published on October 1, 2018

A tiny insect — no larger than 1.5 millimeters in length — threatens more than 170 million trees in Michigan, and the cascading ecosystem effects could be catastrophic.

Providing PFAS risk assessment and education

Published on October 1, 2018

PFAS has been detected at 34 Michigan sites in 17 counties (as of July 2018), and in some cases high levels of PFAS has seeped into drinking water.

Providing undergrads opportunity to sample graduate life

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its involvement with the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Serving Upper Peninsula agriculture and communities

Published on October 1, 2018

In the last five years, the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan, has reconfigured its mission to serve the needs of Upper Peninsula farmers and communities through place-based research, education and outreach programs.

Developing citizen science programs through Michigan Sea Grant

Published on October 1, 2018

Recreational and commercial fisheries are a vital part of Michigan’s heritage, with fisheries valued up to $7 billion annually. Michigan Sea Grant developed several citizen science programs for anglers.

Responding to stress in farm communities and throughout Michigan

Published on October 1, 2018

To help respond to the needs of Michigan farmers and their families, MSU Extension developed the Communicating With Farmers Under Stress workshop.

Coaching child care providers to improve nutrition and physical activity

Published on October 1, 2018

MSU Extension provides free coaching for eligible child care providers with the goal of improving nutrition and physical activity through policy, systems and environmental initiatives.

Making a difference in postsecondary education enrollment through Michigan 4-H

Published on October 1, 2018

Through its wide range of programs, Michigan 4-H promotes personal growth, career exploration and goal-setting.

Revitalizing neighborhoods with pollinator education, community spaces

Published on October 1, 2018

Detroit is transforming every single day. One neighborhood key to the city’s evolution is Brightmoor. Its biggest champion is Rosalyn Flint, a community activist and local business owner, who is spearheading the Cross Pollination Corridor Project.

Managing pain and raising opioid awareness in Michigan communities

Published on October 1, 2018

The misuse of and addiction to opioids – including prescription pain relievers and heroin – is a serious national public health crisis. To help, MSU Extension offers educational programs and facilitates critical partnerships with community groups.

Building science literacy and future STEM professionals

Published on October 1, 2018

To help create a future workforce excited about STEM careers and armed with important STEM skills, Michigan State University Extension has made science education a key focus of 4-H Youth Development programming.

Helping parents create a solid foundation for kids

Published on October 1, 2018

To support Michigan’s working families, Michigan State University Extension provides parent education trainings for caregivers of children from birth to 3 years old.

Building stronger tribal governments through specialized training course

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized tribal nations, all with unique styles of government. MSU Extension helps these communities form strong leadership through its Building Strong Sovereign Nations program.

Educating farmers on drone capabilities

Published on October 1, 2018

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, can help increase farm efficiency and minimize labor on Michigan farms.

Polling consumer knowledge, opinions on food

Published on October 1, 2018

The Michigan State University Food Literacy and Engagement Poll measures consumer knowledge and opinions on food-related issues.

Taking flight with Michigan’s first urban food research center

Published on October 1, 2018

Michigan State University broke ground on the Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation.

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