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  • Community

    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.


  • Michigan FoodCorps

    Making schools healthier places for kids to eat, learn and grow.

  • First Impressions: Assessing Your Community for Tourism

    A comprehensive community assessment conducted by unannounced visitors in a host community Overall, FIT helps communities learn about their strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of first-time visitors.

  • Real Colors Personality Instrument

    A user-friendly, practical way for participants to better understand their own personalities and the most important traits. Participants learn skills that allow them to better communicate their thoughts and ideas to clients, friends and family.

  • Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments Webinar Series

    A free bi-monthly webinar series covering issues affecting local governments in Michigan.

  • Energy

    MSU Extension programs help landowners negotiate effective oil and natural gas leases and understand the benefits and impacts of development.

  • Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities

    A conference about attracting business to your downtown held in a new beautiful, thriving downtown each year with conference sessions held directly in the local businesses that help communities thrive.

  • Fiscal Management

    MSU Extension works to provide training to local elected leaders in Michigan’s 1,858 townships, villages, cities and counties; 608 school districts, 456 special purpose authorities, 14 multi-county regions, and 12 federally recognized tribal nations.

  • Conflict Resolution

    MSU Extension offers hands-on educational opportunities that help people build the skills needed to manage a range of potential conflict situations—from one-one-one interactions to large public meetings with a possible wide array of conflicting viewpoints.

  • New Commissioner School

    Teaches county commissioner roles and responsibilities and the structure of county government; Explore the basics of county finance; Learn best practices for leading and participating in public meetings; Network with other elected officials.

  • Farm & Farmers Markets

    MSU Extension assists farms and farmers markets’ efforts by bringing together partners, identifying successful market models, establishing rules and regulations, identifying and training managers and helping recruit vendors.

  • Business Development

    MSU Extension and the MSU Product Center—Food Ag Bio focus on assisting entrepreneurs who develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses.

  • Land Use Education Services

    MSU Extension Land Use Educators offer a broad variety of training courses and presentations on topics related to local planning and zoning tools and techniques, land use and environmental issues, local government, leadership development and more.

  • Michigan Fresh

    Michigan Fresh helps you find tips on growing, handling and preserving as well as healthful recipes to take advantage of the delicious Michigan-grown bounty from your backyard or your local farmer's market.

  • MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program

    Land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials throughout Michigan. Teaches the fundamentals on roles, responsibilities and best practices for planning and zoning in Michigan.

  • Facilitation

    A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand common objectives and assists in planning and achieving objectives without taking a position in the discussion. Facilitators can help those groups come to a consensus on their best ideas.

  • Michigan Lake & Stream Leaders Institute

    An intensive, multi-session statewide leadership development program, held biennially. Participants develop their technical and people skills in an atmosphere of openness, trust, friendship and camaraderie.

  • Communicating Through Conflict

    Communicating through Conflict workshops provide participants with tools and techniques to handle heated situations and interpersonal conflict more effectively.

  • Community Food Systems

    MSU Extension supports the development of community food systems in Michigan by providing resources and programs to develop local food policy councils, farm-to-institutional purchasing, food hubs and farmers markets.

  • Public Policy

    Through education of newly elected and incumbent officials, MSU Extension helps Michigan’s 1,858 municipalities, 14 multi-county regions, 12 federally recognized tribal nations and state agencies with information that informs public policy decision-making.

  • Michigan MarketMaker

    Connecting willing markets and quality sources of food from farm and fisheries to fork.