*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group
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Partnerships & Programs
Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in this region:
Help slow global warming. Reverse desertification. Can an MSU experimental pasture for grass-fed beef at the Lake City Research Center achieve such audacious goals? Scientist Jason Rowntree is finding out. Conventional beef farming, though massively productive, is one of the most resource-intensive forms of agriculture, often stretching the limits of water-starved landscapes and producing huge quantities of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. So if Rowntree wanted the world to start thinking about things differently, it would have to start with people like him. (Read more)
A Michigan 4-H’er is living out her childhood dream at the young age of 16. Even though she’s still in high school, Isabella (Izzy) Kostrzewa is following her passion for fashion and design. She was a contestant on season two of the reality show “Project Runway: Junior,” currently airing on Lifetime TV. (Read more)
MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley. The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New Holland Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition beer. Brewing with this storied grain is a toast to Spartans’ significant contributions to Michigan agriculture and economic prosperity. Cheers! (See more)
There is no question that Michigan dairy farms have been experiencing tough economic conditions over the past two years. Some drivers of these conditions are new, or at least greater in scale than have been experienced previously. The response by individual farms is critical to their ability to survive and thrive. MSU Extension is offering a program called Newest Economic Realities in Agriculture: Building Your Farm’s Plan. This program is designed to help everyone, from a novice to an advanced farmer, to understand your business’ numbers. (Read more)
Michigan State Senator Darwin Booher will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) during the ANR Week Luncheon on March 7. Booher is one of three individuals who will be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to individuals or partners who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries, and who possess high standards of integrity and character and positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the CANR. They demonstrate a commitment to MSU and the CANR by continuing outstanding levels of leadership and volunteerism at the state, national or international level. (Read more)
A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)
It’s no secret that today’s youth feel pressure. Pressure to excel in school, to go to college, to get a job, etc. How they overcome those pressures, is a true testament to their character. Take Paris native Rebecca Herzog for example. Herzog took advantage of the breadth of programs Michigan 4-H offers, from science and agriculture to business and creative arts, but spends most of her time focused on livestock, including horses, cattle, pigs, goats, lambs and rabbits. (Read more)
A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will participate in the study. (Read More)
One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying and managing their emotions or building healthy relationships, according to a recent study by the Michigan School Program Information Project. As schools face mounting pressure to address student needs with evidence-based solutions, the project – funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – aims to understand the challenges principals and superintendents face in trying to find the most effective instructional and social skills programs. (Read More)
The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on. Dr. Rufus Isaacs, a bee researcher, and professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to talk about the work he’s doing to bring bees back to the Midwest farms and gardens. (Read More)
A three-year study shows Michigan 4-H youth are building Developmental Assets through positive relationships with leaders, empowering youth to be creators of their own development and helping others through service. (Read More)
A new technology in plant research that is exclusive to MSU can be used to bolster production yield in crops or to breed plants that are heartier and able to withstand factors such as drought. (Read More)
Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)
More than 1800 people came out to get a sneak peek of this up and coming facility and excited would be an understatement. 6 News spoke with a couple scientific geniuses who say FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) will not only benefit the greater Lansing area, but will help with unlimited amounts of research for the future. (See More)
Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access” event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB). (Read More)
Nine-year-old Johanna Glinz of Montcalm Township was busy Saturday afternoon keeping a model molecule between two lines on a 10-foot-high clear cylinder. Using a handheld dial to control a fan at the base of the tube, the 4th-grader learned her task was similar to that of FRIB scientists, who will have to carefully monitor unstable molecules. "The scientists will also use electron microscopes to look at the particles," she said when her mother Jennifer Glinz prodded her to share what she'd learned. (Read More)
With a presence in every Michigan county, Extension faculty and staff members provide tools to live and work better. From a personal meeting to information online, MSU Extension educators work every day to provide the most current information when people need it to ensure success – in the workplace, at home and in the community. Click on your county to learn about upcoming MSU Extension events in your area.
The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community.
Regional Contact information
MSU Extension District 6
401 N. Lake St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Contact: Shari Spoelman
Toll Free: (877) 643-9882
Office: (231) 779-9483
Greater Cadillac (Wexford/Missauke/Osceola) Alumni Club
Contact: Roger Bandeen