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Current State #102 | June 6, 2013

Jun 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.

Terri Lynn Land discusses run for Senate

Jun 6, 2013
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.

Economic potential for farmers markets expands

Jun 6, 2013
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. 

MEDC leader reflects on Mackinac Policy Conference

Jun 6, 2013
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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.

Researchers tackle the decline of bees in Michigan

Jun 6, 2013
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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.

Potterville gears up for Gizzard Fest

Jun 6, 2013
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.