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2018-19 Legislative Report

Published September 30, 2019

By: MSU Extension, AgBioResearch

The 2018-19 MSU AgBioResearch-MSU Extension Legislative report contains stories on the latest developments in MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

Articles

Producing industrial hemp in Michigan

Published on September 30, 2019

Legalization of industrial hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill increased interest in growing the crop in Michigan.

Launching new fruit and vegetable processing program, mobile lab

Published on September 30, 2019

The MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology developed the Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program with industry partners to expand access to specialized training and meet the needs for a skilled workforce in the state.

Fighting the opioid epidemic through education

Published on September 30, 2019

Opioid misuse and addiction remains one of the nation’s most significant ongoing public health crises.

Improving plant resilience, building plant science infrastructure

Published on September 30, 2019

Michigan State University is a leader in plant science research. MSU’s world-renowned faculty are on the forefront of topics such as improving plant resilience — the ability of plants to withstand environmental challenges.

Promoting healthy habits and reducing food insecurity

Published on September 30, 2019

Nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of wellness. Unfortunately, too many people across the state struggle to prepare nutritious meals or adopt healthy habits.

Helping veterans access food benefits

Published on September 30, 2019

There are more than 635,000 military veterans in Michigan who have bravely sacrificed their time and health to keep our country and families safe.

Educating the public on new marijuana laws

Published on September 30, 2019

Michigan laws governing marijuana have changed quickly in the past few years.

Increasing Michigan’s exports

Published on September 30, 2019

Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the primary entity in the United States to facilitate registrations of conventional pesticides and biopesticides on specialty food crops and non-food environmental horticulture crops.

Creating resilient farms by managing stress

Published on September 30, 2019

The rewards of farm life can be great, but there are also heavy demands — which include everything from equipment failures to unpredictable growing seasons.

MSU looks to lead way on PFAS research

Published on September 30, 2019

Michigan State University researchers are looking to answer questions surrounding the little-known per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS.

Michigan 4-H prepares youth for college success

Published on September 30, 2019

The economic returns of a better-educated and more skilled workforce are widely recognized, bringing national attention to the need to equip youth with the requisite skills to succeed in college.

Helping growers manage spotted wing drosophila

Published on September 30, 2019

First detected on the West Coast of the U.S. in 2008 and Michigan in 2010, spotted wing drosophila is an invasive fly that damages a wide range of crops.

Taking on a spreading deer disease

Published on September 30, 2019

A fatal neurological disease called chronic wasting disease is threatening the future of Michigan’s hunting and conservation efforts.

Improving sustainability of Michigan’s animal agriculture industry

Published on September 30, 2019

Research and outreach through the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture seeks to address short- and long-term critical industry priorities linked to sustainability.

Delayed planting resources help farmers mitigate weather issues

Published on September 30, 2019

Throughout Michigan and the Midwest, the prolonged wet weather and flooding in spring 2019 put farmers in a difficult financial position.

Project GREEEN: Addressing plant agriculture issues for more than 20 years

Published on September 30, 2019

Project GREEEN, a plant agriculture initiative led by MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, celebrated its 21st anniversary in September 2019.

2018-19 Letter from Leadership

Published on September 30, 2019

A letter from leaders of MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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