agriculture http://wkar.org en Ag Expo focuses on education, technology http://wkar.org/post/ag-expo-focuses-education-technology <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:07:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 56917 at http://wkar.org Ag Expo focuses on education, technology Memoir explores couple's pursuit of agrarian dream http://wkar.org/post/memoir-explores-couples-pursuit-agrarian-dream <p></p><p></p><p>A new memoir from the <a href="http://msupress.org/" target="_blank">MSU Press</a> looks at what happens when a professional couple decides to get in touch with their agrarian dream of life in the country. Richard Gilbert teaches writing at Otterbein College in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He’s the author of “<a href="http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-3469#.U5XMhHJdWSp" target="_blank">Shepherd</a>”. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:19:52 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54898 at http://wkar.org Memoir explores couple's pursuit of agrarian dream Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally http://wkar.org/post/deadly-piglet-virus-hits-farms-statewide-nationally <p></p><p></p><p>Pig farmers in Michigan and around the nation are losing piglets to a virus that is easily spread and almost always lethal to very young animals. So far, it’s killed over six million piglets. Mon, 12 May 2014 15:33:09 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53550 at http://wkar.org Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally Aw, shucks: Corn waste yields feed and fuel http://wkar.org/post/aw-shucks-corn-waste-yields-feed-and-fuel <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Spring planting season for corn in Michigan is still at least a month away, but scientists who study the crop’s amazing versatility want you to cast your vote for a “home-grown” project. The<a href="http://www.mbi.org/"> Michigan Biotechnology Institute</a>, or MBI, is developing a process that seeks to get more use out of the leftover &nbsp;residue of the plant that’s not fit for human consumption. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:39:13 +0000 Kevin Lavery 51634 at http://wkar.org Aw, shucks: Corn waste yields feed and fuel State proposes local control of backyard livestock http://wkar.org/post/state-proposes-local-control-backyard-livestock <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard" style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Agriculture and Rural Development </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and others will discuss </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_1605---,00.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">proposed rule changes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:51:05 +0000 Current State 49265 at http://wkar.org State proposes local control of backyard livestock President Obama to sign Farm Bill on MSU campus today http://wkar.org/post/president-obama-sign-farm-bill-msu-campus-today <p></p><p>The 44th President will be in East Lansing today. <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">Barack Obama</a> will be at Michigan State University this afternoon to sign the federal <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=farmbill">Farm Bill</a>. It's a long-awaited and sweeping law that will fundamentally change U.S. farm policy. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:13:41 +0000 Current State 49042 at http://wkar.org President Obama to sign Farm Bill on MSU campus today MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa http://wkar.org/post/msu-study-viability-perennial-grains-africa <p></p><p></p><p>Hunger and malnourishment have plagued parts of Africa for generations. And nearly as long as the problem has existed, scientists have been looking for solutions to the vexing complexities surrounding mass hunger. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:45:21 +0000 Current State 45465 at http://wkar.org MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa Rural development in Michigan extends beyond agriculture http://wkar.org/post/rural-development-michigan-extends-beyond-agriculture <p>With Michigan being such an agriculturally diverse state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strong presence here, but not all having to do with cattle or crops.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MIHome.html">USDA's Rural Development</a> office's purpose is to support smaller communities that, in turn, support the nation’s farmlands.</p><p>James Turner, the USDA Rural Development agency's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">state director, discusses its efforts to improve rural Michiganders' access to culture and technology.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:17:56 +0000 Current State 39928 at http://wkar.org Rural development in Michigan extends beyond agriculture Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health http://wkar.org/post/michigan-agriculture-food-index-aims-gauge-industry-s-health <p>The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is releasing the first-ever Michigan Agriculture &amp; Food Index, or MAFI.&nbsp; It's designed to gauge the business climate for agriculture and food business within the state.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:58:30 +0000 Current State 39217 at http://wkar.org Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health Current State #77 | April 30, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-77-april-30-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: a review of April's news while looking to May; Michigan sustainable food systems and a new exhibit features local architecture.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:43:48 +0000 Current State 35072 at http://wkar.org Current State #77 | April 30, 2013 Building sustainable food systems in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/building-sustainable-food-systems-michigan <p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:34:27 +0000 Current State 35070 at http://wkar.org Building sustainable food systems in Michigan Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health http://wkar.org/post/michigan-farmers-markets-boost-economy-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Farmers Market Conference takes place today and tomorrow as part of <a href="http://www.anrweek.canr.msu.edu/">Agriculture and Natural Resources Week</a>. The growth and expansion of farmers’ markets is one of the most visible aspects of Michigan’s vibrant local and regional food renaissance. This rapid market growth has created a need for educational and advocacy programs that protect and grow these venues and highlight the benefits and importance of Michigan agriculture.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:53:25 +0000 Current State 32187 at http://wkar.org Michigan farmers markets boost economy, health Michigan Farm Bureau outlines 2013 agenda http://wkar.org/post/michigan-farm-bureau-outlines-2013-agenda <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">More than 400 Michigan farmers had a chance to meet with state legislators this week to talk about their priorities for 2013. &nbsp;The </span><a href="http://www.michfb.com/ci/mfb" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Farm Bureau </a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">has outlined three main focus areas for its agenda: access to markets, workforce development, and regulatory reform.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:39:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 31148 at http://wkar.org Michigan Farm Bureau outlines 2013 agenda Drought Begins to Worry Mid-Michigan Corn Growers http://wkar.org/post/drought-begins-worry-mid-michigan-corn-growers <p>2012 is already unfolding as a year that many Michigan crop growers would like to forget. As summer settles in, a prolonged dry spell has thousands of mid- and south-Michigan corn growers praying for rain.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 20226 at http://wkar.org Drought Begins to Worry Mid-Michigan Corn Growers USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage http://wkar.org/post/usda-undersecretary-praises-senate-farm-bill-passage <p>U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill. Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:11:54 +0000 Kevin Lavery 19401 at http://wkar.org USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage Where Are the Bees? http://wkar.org/post/where-are-bees <p>Warm weather has promoted fruit trees in Michigan to bloom four or five weeks ahead of schedule.&nbsp; That means that bees need to be here early, too, but most of the bees that pollinate orchards in Michigan are still wintering in Florida or are busy pollinating crops in California. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Gretchen Millich 14796 at http://wkar.org Where Are the Bees?