Department of Community Sustainability




  • A career of service

    Published on July 14, 2019
    MSU Extension district director Matt Shane reflects on his first day and his over 20-year career: the twists, turns and rewards.

  • Operation Military Kids

    Published on July 1, 2019
    Angela Harkins, lead state child and youth coordinator for the Michigan Army National Guard shares about the unique needs of military families and the importance of community and partnerships.

  • Bringing you the Michigan cherry on top

    Published on June 14, 2019
    Ready to learn more about delicious Michigan cherries? Phil Korson, Cherry Marketing Institute president, talks about cherry growing, nutrition and partnering with MSU.

  • Cover Crops Options for Prevented Planting

    Published on June 5, 2019
    Podcast recording on cover crop options for prevented planting.

  • A life of generous giving

    Published on June 3, 2019
    Doug Lewis is our superhero. He's a volunteer who is making a difference in 4-H, MSU Extension and across the state. His stories, energy and generosity inspire us and we can't wait for you to meet him on this episode of Partnerships and Peninsulas.

  • From Camp to Career

    Published on May 6, 2019
    Liz Seifert, a 4-H'er turned volunteer shares the experiences as a camper and as a counselor at 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp that shaped her life and career.

  • Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation

    Published on April 1, 2019
    Restoration. Rehabilitation. Revitalization. Naim Edwards and Richard Wooten share about the vision behind the new urban research center slated to begin construction May, 1, 2019, in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood.

  • Bringing Milk to a Glass Near You

    Published on March 4, 2019
    Kerry Nobis, a fourth generation dairy farmer, opens up about his farm in a raw, moving interview with MSU Extension director Jeff Dwyer. Discover the research, relationships and people making a difference on his farm.

  • Keep your friends close and your Friends of Extension closer

    Published on February 4, 2019
    Life came full circle for Andrew Walker when he used his leadership skills from 4-H to save MSU Extension programming in his county.

  • Whole Nutrition, Whole Child

    Published on January 7, 2019
    Why do healthy food and education go hand-in-hand for children? What are organizations in Michigan doing to make sure kids have access? Jeff and Diane Golzynski from MDE, talk about their partnership to make a difference across the state.

  • The Opioid Epidemic - What We Know and What We Can Do to Help

    Published on December 3, 2018
    Courtney Cuthbertson, MSU Extension community behavioral health specialist shares what we know about the opioid epidemic and how family and community members can help.

  • Living the 4-H Life with Julie Chapin

    Published on November 5, 2018
    Hear from Julie Chapin about her 4-H life, everything the 4-H clover represents and how you can get involved.

  • Why Veterans Matter

    Published on November 5, 2018
    Guest Adam Ingrao, a former US Army soldier, devotes his life to making sure no veteran is left behind through MSU Extension services.

  • In the Field: Jenn Phillips

    Published on July 6, 2018
    “I’m not even so much a techie, I don’t have nerd appeal,” Jenn Phillips, Microcomputer/Hardware/Software Coordinator and Co-Interim Service Desk Manager for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, tells Kraig Ehm on In the Field.

  • In the Field: Chef Don Zimmer

    Published on July 6, 2018
    “The hardest thing about cooking, for anybody, would be time management. There’s always a lot of things going on at once” Don Zimmer, Professional Chef, tells Kraig Ehm on In The Field.

  • In the Field: Dr. Kirk Heinze

    Published on July 6, 2018
    “The key to the remarkable success of America’s Land Grant universities has been a steadfast commitment to educational opportunity designed, first and foremost, to expand and enrich our democratic form of government,” states Heinze.

  • In the Field: Kevin Frank

    Published on July 6, 2018
    “For me, golf was really something my family got me started in, it was kind of a family activity and I probably first started when I was visiting my grandmother in Florida," Frank states. Kraig Ehm has the story.

  • Fred Poston: Former Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University

    Published on June 7, 2018
    “It was in Texas, I joined a country and western band. Which was a very different experience. It was sort of a garage band type of an arrangement,” said former Dean Fred Poston.

  • Karen Waite: Teaching and Advising All Things Equine

    Published on June 7, 2018
    What peaked your interest in all things equine? “It was probably the public library. I grew up in the city and was not around any horses, but I found some books about horses, and it just never stopped," said Waite.

  • Gwyn Shelle: Back to Her Roots

    Published on June 7, 2018
    “4-H had always been a big part of my life. My thought was that I would possibly be a 4-H agent or somehow work within Extension,” Shelle explains. Kraig Ehm has the story.