- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan: Promoting Michigan agriculture's power and potential
"The things that we focus on tend to be pretty big picture," she says. "Trade is a big issue for them." Statewide infrastructure is a main focus of ALM, Byrum says, including broad topics such as roads, bridges, railroads, ports and waterways.
- MSU and Detroit plant seed for urban food system innovation
Detroit, a postindustrial city, has its weaknesses including abandoned properties and liability issues, but Foster is hopeful. "Detroit is a very unique city," he says. "We could actually be a global thought leader for cities around the world."
- Detroit, MSU partnering on global food system innovation
"I'm pleased that MSU has chosen Detroit as a partner from an innovation standpoint," says Bing. "MSU is trying to help us utilize the resources we have to feed Detroiters and Michiganders, and to export food around the globe."
- USDA Conservation Financial Assistance Available for SE Michigan Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making conservation financial assistance available to farmers in southeast Michigan as part of an effort to improve water quality in Lake Erie. Farmers have until April 27, 2012 to apply for the assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
- Wine that not only pleases the palate, but boosts Michiganís economy
Viticulturist Robin Usborne offers techniques for growing robust wine-ready grapes and picking out the right Michigan wine to pair with holiday meals.
Jeff Andresen: Climate and weather are related but different
- Jeff Andresen talks with Kirk Heinze
"We're responsible for providing climate-related information to the general public," says Andresen. "We collect and archive data and make it available to the public, and there's a research component where we work with MSU and other universities around the state."
Andresen says there is a subtle but important distinction between weather and climate.
"They essentially look at the same variables like temperature, relative humidity and wind speed, but the emphasis is on the time," Andresen says. "In weather we're primarily looking at short periods of time like minutes, hours or days.
"In climate we're looking at the longer-term statistics and averages as in decades. The major distinction isn't what we're looking at but the time interval over which we're looking at the variables."
Andresen says that by any measure this spring in Michigan and in the Midwest has been unusual, and he says it's one of the worst he can recall in terms of the amount of area impacted and the magnitude of delays in getting crops in the ground.
Andresen says Michigan has recorded 200 to 300 percent more rain than normal since mid-March and that it's a race against the clock for the state's agriculture industry, too.
"For many crops grown in Michigan with corn at the top of the list, the longer we go without planting as we move into late May and June the odds of seeing a bumper crop decrease significantly."
Andresen says that in the atmospheric science community there is widespread agreement that humans are impacting climate.
"Without question we're seeing the world become warmer; that's really not for debate anymore," he says. "The question is why. Is it natural variability or can we attribute it to human activity?
"The majority of science suggests that, yes, humans are having an impact. The debate is how much impact."
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