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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Current State #102 | June 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Republican Terri Lynn Land on her senate run; the market for farmers markets; MEDC CEO Michael Finney; the decline of bees in Michigan; and Potterville's Gizzard Fest.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Terri Lynn Land discusses run for Senate

Terri Lynn Land, pictured here alongside Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, says her management style from serving as Secretary of State and other roles would serve her well in the U.S. Senate.
Credit Terri Lynn Land

On Monday, Terri Lynn Land became the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Carl Levin next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Economic potential for farmers markets expands

Customers inspect vegetables at the Allen Street Farmers Market in Lansing, which boasts everything from fresh tamales to musical guests. That market runs each Wednesday from 2pm to 7pm.
Credit Becky McKendry

As the summer weather gets nicer, farmers markets seem to be multiplying around the area. But it's not as simple as just popping up tents and selling veggies. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

MEDC leader reflects on Mackinac Policy Conference

CEO Michael Finney says the MEDC's primary effort is economic gardening- fostering business connections and access to capital.
Credit Flickr

Along with hundreds of other state officials, Michael Finney - CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation - spent a few days last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The annual gathering offers decision-makers from the public and private sectors a chance to connect with each other and learn more about the issues facing the state, along with possible remedies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Researchers tackle the decline of bees in Michigan

There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world, 350-400 of which are present in Michigan, according to entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
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Each year, billions of dollars of our nation's agriculture sector are the direct result of the work done by bees. In Michigan, blueberry, apple and cherry growers - among others - count on them to pollinate their crops.

However, bee populations have been in slow decline across most of the United States.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Potterville gears up for Gizzard Fest

Gizzard Fest director Joe Bristol explains all the offerings of the festival: amusement park rides, lawn mower races and of course, gizzards.
Credit Melissa Benmark/WKAR

From the Cherry Festival in Traverse City to the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing, towns and cities of all sizes across Michigan host a variety of unique festivals and celebrations.

One of the more unusual festivals is this weekend in Potterville. Current State's Melissa Benmark recently talked to Joe Bristol, the director of Gizzard Fest, about its 14th year.

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