Number of Programs: 4
The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage. Resources are available on the following topics:
- Christmas Trees
- Field Crops
- Organic Agriculture
- Urban Agriculture
Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.
Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The goal of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. It strives to:
- Partner across Michigan to advance the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
- Educate new generations to lead regional food systems research and practice.
- Cultivate and support communities of practice around emerging regional food systems issues and opportunities.
- Increase the visibility of and access to MSU resources that support regional good food systems.
- Expand the resource base for regional food systems applied research, education and outreach.
- Develop farmers and farms for regional food systems
- Expand and coordinate engagement of MSU faculty and staff in interdisciplinary regional food systems applied research, education, and outreach.
Online at the Website below.
The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.