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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Current State #137 | August 6, 2013

Today on Current State: the growing seasonal worker population in Michigan; scientific disagreement with Michigan biodiversity bill; the sequestration and Michigan workforce training; and the Whole Foods ripple effect.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth

Michigan's Fruit Belt hugs the west side of the state along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Much of the seasonal worker population is in that part of the state.
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Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.  Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

About 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Michigan during the recession.
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In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites wrote that the 20%  funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.  At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity

State scientists argue the bill would be a setback for land conservation and harmful to the state's ecosystems.
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This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity.  The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses

The East Lansing Food Co-op began in the 1970's with about 30 members, and now boasts more than 3,500.
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Texas-based Whole Foods recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015.  This location will put the new organic food store in very close proximity to several similar stores, including Foods for Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op.

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