March 1 and 2, I had the pleasure of meeting with the MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State Council. During their business meeting, we heard from Dr. Dan Grooms on Michigan State University’s work on emerging infectious disease in livestock and Deanna East, associate director of our Health and Nutrition Institute, joined us to talk about what MSU Extension is doing in Flint. We also got a chance to hear from council members about the work going on in their communities. That was exciting because the following day, the council members visited their state representatives and senators to share with them the impact that Extension has in their district.
The state council is an important group that helps MSU Extension and AgBioResearch link the issues of concern in local communities with the research and teaching at the state’s land-grant university, much like district councils do locally. If you don’t know your council reps and have an important MSU Extension event or program coming up, I encourage you to talk to your district coordinator about how you can become engaged with this influential team.