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Supporting Michigan's Future through Community, Food & Environment Programming: 2022 Impacts


May 17, 2023 - Audrey Gagner,


MSU Extension educators work with businesses, local governments and communities to improve local economies and the lives of Michigan residents. MSU Extension educators also provide programming aimed at protecting and sustainably managing our state's natural resources.

  • 634 certifications obtained by individuals or businesses that allowed continued or expanded work.
  • 1,563 participants used ecosystem-based management strategies in their resource management decision making.
  • 1,792 government officials who use what they learned in making decisions.
  • 7,823 stewardship projects completed by participants across programs.
  • 241 jobs created or retained as a result of MSU Extension programming.
  • 317,814 acres of land protected, enhanced, restored, or managed sustainably with MSU Extension assistance. 
  • 304 new leadership roles and opportunities created.
  • 47 new businesses created.
  • 172 plans or policies developed. 

Dollar value of community, food & environment activities

  • $830,513: Value of volunteer hours (Independent Sector at $29.95 per hour).
  • $30,115,124: Value of resources leveraged by businesses. 
  • $4,716,499: Value of grants and resources leveraged or generated by communities. 



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