“For corn farmers and everyone involved in Michigan agriculture, Ag Week provided a chance to broadcast the many benefits of our state’s agriculture sector,” says Jenio. “Productive farms keep economic activity going strong, sparking investment and helping businesses grow. We’re proud to be part of a productive, innovative sector that benefits everyone in Michigan – and Ag Week provided a chance to tell that story.”
Jenio says more than 52,000 Michigan farmers produce more than 300 different products, making Michigan the second most diverse agricultural state in the nation. Production on those farms pumps about $100 billion dollars into our economy every year.
“Agriculture also creates jobs in Michigan, from our small towns to our largest cities,” says Jenio. “In fact, more than 900,000 jobs are connected to agriculture. That’s about one-quarter of all jobs in our state.” Read more »
“Because I knew that was a sector that I liked. And I come from a family of journalists, so ag communications seemed like a natural, and after I met the professor running the program, Dr. Maxine Ferris, I just knew this was the field for me.”
Orlowitz works for USAID in international development within the country of Afghanistan.
“What I really like about my work is that I know that I am helping people in the most basic ways. And that these things—improvements in ag, improvements in education in Afghanistan, are what make it a stable and secure country and that adds to the future and prosperity and stability of the United States.” Read more »
Michigan State University alumnus Mike Mordell is executive vice president for international operations for Universal Forest Products International, a Universal Forest Products company. He says the lumber industry features a dynamic supply chain and that the business operates a lot like the stock market.
“We might not be as sexy as dot-coms or Silicon Valley, but we’re integral to how the world and the economy operates.
“Prices change. Most people, when they think about forest products, don’t realize that the products have to go to market,” says Mordell. “As a forestry student, what I knew a lot about was how to cut a tree, what happens to trees in a sawmill, and how to replant trees. But I didn’t have a good base of what happened once the tree left the saw mill. Read more »
Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World’s Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year
With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the eighth straight year – the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.
“We’re very honored to be recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies for our commitment to ethics and corporate responsibility throughout, not just our company, but our supply chain,” says Mary Wroten, senior manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability. “Our efforts in our supply chain have really helped keep Ford among the world’s most ethical companies.”
Each year, the Ethisphere Institute recognizes the world’s top companies for driving positive change by mandating ethical practices and promoting corporate citizenship as well as responsible governance and leadership.
As manufacturing continues to become greener, Ford is going further to shrink its environmental footprint by sharing even more leading sustainability practices with its suppliers around the globe. Read more »
“While many factors drive demand for our Michigan potatoes, reliability is a very important consideration for buyers. Michigan potato growers embrace the latest farming technology, constantly working together with researchers to find better ways to grow potatoes, and overcome challenges like pests and disease,” says Wenkel. “In addition, we’re a sustainable industry. Our customers know that when we grow potatoes, our commitment to long-term sustainability positions us to be successful in coming years.” Read more »
She says the board looks at the risks, benefits and alternatives to Line 5. It has representatives from industry, environmental, federal, state, and tribal groups and some outside experts to guide and advise on a whole range of issues dealing with petroleum pipelines in Michigan. It is charged with ensuring the safety, upkeep and transparency of issues related to the state’s network of pipelines. It is also charged with advising state agencies on matters related to pipeline routing, construction, operation and maintenance. Read more »
The proliferation of sub-divisions and multi-acre country homes in the 1980s and 1990s came at the expense of large tracts of rural farmland and open spaces property says Stacy Byers, program director of the Ingham County (MI) Farmland and Open Spaces Preservation Board (FOSP).
“These development trends became a major area of concern, first on the east and west coasts, but then the same sprawl unfolded in the Midwest,” she explains. “Fortunately, there were a number of highly successful preservation programs established in the East, and many of us in Michigan were able to learn about those programs firsthand though tours, primarily to Pennsylvania and Maryland.” Read more »
“During the past decade, the United States has become the number one exporter of pork products in the world, with more than a quarter of our production going to overseas markets,” says Kelpinski. “Michigan’s pork industry is responsible for more than $100 million in exports every year, primarily to our trading partners in Canada and Mexico.” Read more »
John Shelle came from a rather large family that included ten sisters and three brothers. His sisters helped him get his start in the horse industry. “The best thing about my upbringing is that I learned very early in life the woman’s place is any place she wants to be, because my sisters beat that into my head pretty early. It was a great way to be brought up.”
John’s original goal while in college was to become a high school math teacher. “I went to Jackson Community College and I chose mathematics for one reason—because I thought one of the best teachers I ever had was a nun, Sister Barbara Francis, who taught mathematics at Adrian Catholic Central when I went to high school. Did I do great in her courses? No. But I learned an awful lot from that woman and that’s why I wanted to be a high school math teacher.”
Shelle loves working with college students. “I have aged mentally, probably six years in the last year and a half, from not having that student contact. Sitting down and having a discussion with an advisee and talking about their future and what they’re going to do—by the time I got done with those, I felt like I was a peer, rather than their instructor or advisor. As a result of that, it made me feel young.” Read more »