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Newaygo County Annual Report 2023


May 15, 2024

A message from the District Director

I’m excited to share the results of another successful year of partnership between Newaygo County and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. Because of your continued support, we’ve been able to make a difference in the lives of youth, families, businesses, and communities. MSU Extension offers a broad range of research-based educational services to County residents. Over this past year, we’ve empowered families and individuals to live healthier lives, supported new and local businesses, created opportunities for youth leadership development and career exploration, helped farmers with business management and mental health, and much more. Our staff live and work alongside County residents, are rooted in community relationships, and are responsive to community needs. Again, this year, we’ve welcomed Newaygo County residents into our online community: we’ve offered online educational courses, answered questions on topics ranging from gardening to food safety, raised program awareness through social media, and provided a library of research-based resources they’ve browsed on our website. Our partnership with you makes this all possible. On behalf of the MSU Extension team serving Newaygo County, thank you for another great year. We look forward to your continued support and hope you’ll be able to join us during one of our upcoming programs.

Impact at a glance

  • 53 programs delivered in Newaygo County
  • 3,156 residents participated in programs offered by MSU Extension 
  • 294 programs attended in-county or online
  • 1,356 Newaygo County youth participated in MSUE events
  • 7,526 program participants
  • 51,976 social media reach
  • 2,855 soil test kits distributed from Newaygo
  • 248 Plat Books sold 
  • 4,310 direct contacts

Focus areas and programs


MSU Extension works to increase farmers’ success while protecting the environment, ensuring food safety, reaching new markets and advancing agriculture through applied research. Agriculture is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the Michigan economy.
• Manure Management Summit
• Milker Training, Dairy Judging
• Beginner Grazing School
• Farm Bill and Crop Insurance Training
• Backyard Fruit, Pear Meeting
• Grass Fest
• Animal Handling Training
• Asparagus Day
• Heroes to Hives & Beekeepers Assoc.
• Pruning Workshop
• Corn and soybean conference


Our natural resources programs improve public understanding, help landowners and communities use those assets for sustainable long-term social and economic development and conserve natural resources for future generations.
• Not MI Species
• Intro to Lakes & Lakes Monitoring Program
• Various Local Lake Consultations
• Newaygo County Healthy Lakes Program
• Steelhead Fishery Workshop
• Forest Management Basics
• Pesticide applicator Training
• Choices for Sustainable Living
• Stormwater Management


Successful and thriving communities combine knowledgeable and engaged legislators, businesses, community groups and residents. By connecting these groups with the most trusted tools, MSU Extension helps enhance the quality of life in Michigan.

Citizen Planner
• Capital Asset and Management Training
 • Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability
• Foreclosure Triage
• Product Center Counselling
• Rethinking Local Government budgeting
• Zoning Administrator Certification
• Opening Doors to Affordable Housing

Health & Nutrition

MSU Extension’s programming promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers Michigan residents to take control of their health. Participants learn how to build nutritious diets on a budget, reduce foodborne diseases and become leaders in the food industry.
• Nutrition Education at Daisy Brook, Grant Elementary, Pathfinder, Croton, Hesperia.
• Diabetes Education/Prevention
• Mindful Eating
• Cooking for Crowds.
• Mindful Moving
• Safe Food Healthy Kids
• ServSafe training
• Mental Health First Aid
• Cottage Food Law
• How to Start a food truck business
• Mental Health First Aid
• Feeding a Picky Eater

Family & Youth

Keeping Michigan families strong and successful—financially, emotionally and physically—is a big part of measuring MSU Extension’s success. Programs devoted to keeping families safe include those dealing with bullying and violence prevention.
• Powerful Tools for Caregivers
• Adulting 101- Wealth building
• Various 4-H Events
• Mindfulness for Children
• Positive Discipline
• County Fair Activities
• Relax: Alternatives to Anger
• Exploration Days on MSU Campus
• Citizenship Washington Focus

4-H in Newaygo County

  • 42 clubs (10% increase) 
  • 585 members (37% increase)
  • 90 volunteers (1% increase) 
  • 1,389 volunteer hours (5% increase)


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