Room 160, 446 W. Circle Drive
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Michigan State University Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness
Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute Director
Ron Bates is the director of the MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute. He is also a professor in the MSU Animal Science Department where he focuses on swine genetics. He works closely with the MSU Extension educators to provide leadership on educational programs relating to genetic programs for commercial and seedstock producers, as well as the transition to housing sows in groups.
August 2, 2017 | Educational sessions range from reduced-lignin alfalfa to fitness tracking for cows.
July 7, 2016 | Inaugural event to provide in-depth focus on soil health.
March 9, 2016 | The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan funds Michigan State University research and Extension projects to optimize corn production in Michigan’s unique climate and soils.
April 14, 2015 | Consumers benefit from heavier market weights and lower pork price.
April 18, 2012 | Various breeds and styles of production offer many options of local pork products for Michigan consumers and they can can be confident that the variety of different pork products and retail outlets, whether local, state or national will not change.
September 15, 2011 | Sows that may experience distress during farrowing may produce less colostrum and ultimately impact the survivability of their offspring.
August 22, 2011 | Improving breeding management practices leads to reduced culling and mortality rates and improves sow longevity.
July 14, 2011 | Sow Body Condition can be used as a management tool to optimize breeding herd feed resources and ultimately improve productivity and profitability.
June 8, 2011 | With rising input costs, keeping sows in the herd longer could increase profitability.