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August 29, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Interest in local foods and where our food comes from generates increased interest in agriculture careers, especially if local food and nutrition topics are taught in schools.
August 29, 2014 | Mark Breederland | Historically, and still today, recreational and commercial fish and fishing for northern Lake Michigan communities reflects an important way of life.
August 29, 2014 | Beth Clawson | The signing of the Smith-Lever act in 1914 authorized the creation of the Cooperative Extension System. One hundred years later, Van Buren County board of commissioners and Extension personnel gathered to celebrate 100 years of service.
August 28, 2014 | Erin Powell | Food deserts not only reduce food options, but also contribute to poor health and are associated with lower quality of life.
August 28, 2014 | Bethany Prykucki | The March 2015 session of MSU Extension's Facilitative Leadership program is now open for registration.
August 28, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Carrying out the collective visioning process in your community.
August 26, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Many statutes and laws result in limiting local government’s ability to adopt and enforce regulations. Most are straightforward, but the Right to Farm Act preemption is confusing, changing and only preempts local regulation of certain things.
August 26, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning has become more complex. The zoning administrator, responsible for the day-to-day operation of a zoning ordinance, should have a higher degree of skill and training. This article suggests ways to accomplish that.
August 25, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Where do you see your community in 25 years? Inviting all your community members to join in the journey can create an investment in progress towards those goals and positive change in the future.
August 20, 2014 | Terry McLean | Plant disease pressures remain high for growers in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified vegetable farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens. Harvest of many vegetable crops is well underway.
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Date: Sep 3, 2014 - Dec 10, 2014
Location: Ottawa County Health Dept. Building, 12251 James Street, Holland, MI 49424 (tentative location)
Date: Sep 3, 2014 - Dec 10, 2014
Location: MSU Extension Kent County Office, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date: Sep 4, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014
Location: MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, East Lansing, MI 48824
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