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On this week’s Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, talks about how modern agriculture and genetic modification have benefited dairy farmers and many others.

“Farmers of many crops have seen advantages from the use of GMO’s during the past two decades, and dairy farmers benefit, too,” says Nobis. “Thanks to GMO’s, we’re able to depend on a consistent source of feed for our cows that is raised in a more sustainable way. Unfortunately, there are lots of myths out there – but in reality, using advanced technology in agriculture has helped everyone from family farmers, to consumers.” Read more »

 

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Before Dr. Gail Riegle started taking classes at Michigan State University as a graduate student, he spent time growing up on a dairy farm in Iowa. And the main lesson learned? “Responsibility. Accountability. There are people and animals that were depending on you and you got it done. You focused on the job and what it took to get it done.”

While living in DeSoto, Iowa, Riegle made the decision to leave the farm in search of a degree. “In rural Iowa at that time, almost no high school graduate went into higher education. I was probably the first one from DeSoto High School who went to higher education in a long period of time.”

Riegle’s current position as associate dean for Academic Programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, means he has students best interest at heart. Any advice? “The understanding that you are the primary ingredient in what happens to you career-wise. Select something that you enjoy, that gives you satisfaction. Commit to it and it’ll take care of itself.”

Over a long and illustrious career, Riegle has spent time in Vet Med, CANR, Human Medicine and now Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. As for his ehmpression of MSU? “I’m comfortable here. I know a substantial number of those people who are in positions of responsibility and so forth. I’ve worked with them. I’ve known Lou Anna from the time she was a graduate assistant.”

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.

 

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“I think the most unique part about Michigan State is the simultaneous commitment to the idea of research and educational excellence and the land-grant world-grant mission,” new MSU College of Social Science dean Rachel Croson tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “That is something I have not seen at my previous institutions, either public or private.

“It’s about harnessing energy and the education and the research discoveries to make the world a better place as opposed to simply increasing our own stature.”

She says that in all 12 units in her diverse college “people are thinking about how what they do can make the world a better place. And the evolving vision for the college is ‘our science transforms the human experience and inspires leaders.’” Read more »

 

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WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community.

WKAR will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel called WKAR PBS KIDS, making it easy for local children to watch their favorite series during primetime and after-school hours when viewing among families is high.

“Our partnership with Detroit Public Television and with Michigan State University is really special to me because it really allows us to build the foundation about what our programming is all about,” interim director of Broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media Susi Elkins tells MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Read more »

 

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WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community.

WKAR will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel called WKAR PBS KIDS, making it easy for local children to watch their favorite series during primetime and after-school hours when viewing among families is high.

Viewers will also be able to watch the WKAR-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. Read more »

 

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“Governor Snyder is taking the long view and starting to put the building blocks in place for the conversation that we need to have around infrastructure, whether that be roads and bridges or water and sewer systems or our energy infrastructure,” says Dan Scripps. “It’s really all one piece, and I commend the governor for taking a comprehensive view on all of this.”

Scripps is senior adviser to the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and president of the Institute for Energy Innovation. Scripps joins Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes to discuss two recent reports that speak directly to Michigan’s energy future. One calls for the development of a comprehensive integrated infrastructure plan. And the other chronicles the success of an initiative to ramp up the installation of rooftop photovoltaic solar systems. Read more »

 

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“After all this discussion of do we repeal things or do we go backwards, we took steps forward, and we think that’s very positive,” Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes when discussing Michigan’s new energy legislation. “Continue investing in renewable energy and continuing to invest in energy efficiency – these are the mechanisms that are helping try to keep our energy costs low. And we’re going to continue to invest in those moving forward. So we were happy with the end product.”

The renewable energy standard in the legislation calls for 15 percent of Michigan’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.

“Given the price of renewable energy, it’s the best deal in the state today,” says Clift. “So we view that as a floor. Part of the new law is for the utilities to develop comprehensive plans. And we’ll be arguing that level should be more than 15 percent, but it’s nice to have in the law a floor.” Read more »

 

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“The biggest trend that we’re going to see is SUV’s,” Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes while previewing the 2017 North American International Auto Show. “The growth in that type of vehicle’s sales has been incredible; it’s outstripped what any automaker expected. And we’re just going to see more and more of it.

“We will see SUV’s of virtually every size and type, and we’ll see them getting the kind of fuel economy that frankly was unimaginable a few years ago thanks to lighter weight and engineering advances.”

Phelan says there’s a consensus among automotive industry people that sales of cars and trucks will remain strong in 2017. Read more »

 

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Ignacio Andrade, community outreach coordinator and student liaison at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, is leading the planning for this year’s celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. He talks with Jennifer Orlando about MSU’s 2017 MLK Day celebration.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “The Art of Nonconformity: Dissent and Civil Discourse.” And the subtheme is “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” It’s no surprise that currently there is some divisiveness within our country. So these themes feel especially relevant. Read more »

MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

January 5th, 2017

 

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“There’s an authenticity about MSU that I haven’t felt other places I’ve been,” Ron Hendrick tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Hendrick is an alumnus and has returned to his alma mater to be dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“Clearly the campus has undergone a lot of transformations, but it’s good to see the core values that make the place so special the same.”

Hendrick says today’s CANR is very diverse, containing both microbiologists and interior designers in the same college. Read more »

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