In the Field 2016

Published February 1, 2016

In the Field is a publication of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is published once a year and devoted to bringing to light the stories of the College of Agriculture and its people.


Smashing the Norm

Published on March 23, 2016

Food has never been cooler. And Tom Ryan should know. The three-time MSU graduate (bachelor's, master''s and Ph.D.) has pioneered some of food's best concepts over the past 20 years.

Detroit: A Place to Call Home

Published on March 28, 2016

Southeast Michigan is full of people, not statistics. Detroit is a city full of families, not case studies.

CANR Student Mission: Change the World

Published on March 28, 2016

Students in the CANR aren't just preparing for future jobs or even successful careers - they're preparing to change the world.

Student fountain challenge kicks off in concert with Water Moves MSU

Published on October 3, 2016

The 2016 Stockholm Water Prize recipient Joan Rose has issued a challenge to Michigan State University students: Design a water fountain that does more than serves up fresh, clean water.

Driving Toward a Food-Secure Future

Published on March 19, 2016

Retired automotive purchasing executive Deb Spehar wants to help feed the world, and she is confident that Michigan State University (MSU) will steer that charge down the road.

A Spartan Returns Home as Dean of the College

Published on March 16, 2016

Ronald L. Hendrick was named dean of CANR by the MSU Board of Trustees.

Changes and Innovations

Published on March 16, 2016

If nothing else, 2016 will bring changes to the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Quite honestly, though, every year brings changes to our college.

Right Place, Right Time for Isaacs and MSU

Published on March 28, 2016

If you asked a young Rufus Isaacs what he thought he would be when he grew up, he might have said, "a doctor."

Recovering Energy: Nothing Wasted, Everything Gained

Published on March 23, 2016

When the iconic MSC smokestack came down in 2011, it sparked a mourning period among the Spartan faithful.

Feed the Future

Published on March 16, 2016

CANR is home to two USAIDfunded innovation labs —the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.

Focusing on the Big Issues

Published on April 27, 2016

Building relationships, solving problems and meeting the needs of Michiganders and people around the world have been the focus of the MSU CANR for more than 150 years.

Food Across the Globe

Published on April 9, 2016

Our impact on food -- food safety and security, improved crop yields and new crop varieties that reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, improved health and nutrition, development of food policy -- stretches around the world.

Inspired by Home

Published on March 28, 2016

In the early 1980s, a flood wiped out a bridge in Santa Catarina Mita, a small village in Guatemala on the edge of El Salvador.

In the Field: The Cover Story

Published on April 9, 2016

The well-pollinated Rufus Isaacs and his unlikely journey to study pollinators at MSU.

Making Farm to Fork a Reality

Published on March 16, 2016

Whether you call it farm to fork or the local food movement, MSU Extension helps develop sustainable local food systems by connecting farmers directly to consumers.

Michigan Fresh

Published on March 16, 2016

MSU Extension's Michigan Fresh program puts information on the growing, stroring, and preparing of nearly 100 Michigan fruits, vegetables, meats and more into the hands of the people who need it.

MSU's Next Generation Of World Changers

Published on March 28, 2016

Growing up in Ann Arbor, Laura Schmitt Olabisi never imagined that she might one day become a Spartan.

Piquing Interest Early in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Published on March 16, 2016

For Randy Showerman, getting students interested in a career in agriculture, food and natural resources doesn't start when they get to Michigan State University. "That work starts early," he said.

Raising the Food Stakes

Published on March 16, 2016

What do Red Haven peaches, baked beans, cold milk, potato chips ahave in common? Sure, they're the makings of a tasty summer barbecue, but that's not it. Hint: Think your favorite college mascot. That's right. Sparty.

Students and Supporters Save CANR's Polar Bear Through Online Fundraising

Published on March 16, 2016

A polar bear has guarded the Natural Resources Building at MSU for almost 50 years, watching over and welcoming students as they navigate their way through the halls.