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Join the ANR Week centennial celebration

If you haven’t heard, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week will host its centennial celebration March 7‒14, 2015. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate where we have been and where we are going. If you haven’t liked the ANR Week Facebook page, I highly recommend that you do. The page features not only the programs happening during ANR Week but also the history of ANR Week told through fun pictures by the decades. ANR Event Services has done a fine job with imagery and musical selections.

I also encourage everyone in Michigan State University Extension to take part in this centennial celebration by hosting an event, program, demonstration or informal discussion of current research or hot topics. Program requests are currently being accepted at http://anrweek.canr.msu.edu/sessions/call_for_programs.

Requests received by Aug. 1 will receive a featured article on the ANR Week website homepage currently under development. In addition, ANR Event Services has agreed to build registrations for Extension and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources‒hosted events.

What a great opportunity to showcase what Extension is doing! I encourage everyone to find a way to be involved during ANR Week.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Labun at sibsonje@msu.edu.

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Michigan farmers and processors optimistic about agriculture’s future

The second Michigan Agriculture and Food Index was released March 4 during Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week. The index was based on a survey taken in December 2013. It reflects a shared optimism by farmers and food processors about the future of the food and agriculture industries in Michigan. Read a summary in this ANR Communications news release:

http://anrcom.msu.edu/anrcom/news/item/msu_food_and_ag_leaders_remain_confident_about_the_future_cautious_about_in.

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Take opportunity to archive important documents

One of the more effective ways Michigan State University Extension has provided information in the past has been through publication of bulletins. A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of archiving materials that we have used in our work in my blog. Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections is the unit that receives and catalogs materials that need to be archived.

 Many of you may have a part in Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week, which takes place on campus March 3–10. If you’re making the trip in to campus, Cindy Straus, Extension specialist, is happy to receive any material that you’d like to archive. All you need to do is drop it off at her office in 221 Agriculture Hall.

 To see the MSU Extension bulletins currently archived, view the historical publications listing at

http://web2.msue.msu.edu/Bulletins/Bulletin/PDF/Historical/finished_pubs/index.html. It’s kind of fun to just go through and read a bulletin from 1929! But certainly, bulletins don’t have to be that old to archive.

 Cindy says, “I am looking for bulletins with an F, Circular, Memoir or Special or Technical Bulletin listing on them or old E series as well. Along with the bulletins any newsletter series or special handouts created for programs no longer served should be housed with Archives at MSU.”

 So pick up those boxes and take them out to your vehicle now so you don’t forget to bring them to campus. Cindy will be waiting for you.

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ANR Week takes place March 3 to 10

Get ready for Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR Week) scheduled for March 3 to 10. The event’s been in existence for more than 90 years – it’s the 97th – so sponsors Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch must be doing something right! Maybe it’s due to the wide variety of topics offered – from cheesemaking to birding and from grazing to climate change. And then there’s the expertise that knowledgeable scientists and educators disseminate. Click on each individual program for descriptions and registration information.

 The ANR Week luncheon takes place March 6. Luncheon registration is open until Feb. 25. The event provides an opportunity to recognize individuals with awards for outstanding excellence. Register for the luncheon here.

 For more information on ANR Week, contact Megghan Honke, program coordinator, at 517-353-3175 ext. 229 or honkemeg@msu.edu.

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Behind-the-scenes work critical to MSUE’s future

March is known for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week, changing weather, first day of spring, paczki, spring break, mud and wrapping up the winter meeting schedule. But in the world of Bruce Haas, planning and reporting specialist, March is federal report month. Each year, on the last day of March (today), Bruce, together with Val Osowski, MSU AgBioResearch communications manager, submits the joint accomplishment report for Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), our federal partner, indicating the impact of our $8 million federal investment in Smith-Lever funds and $5.5 million in Hatch funds. And, each year, behind the scenes, Bruce reads through the Extension Information System (EIS) reports, gathers impact information related to the reporting categories, and works with the business office to document salaries and programs on federal dollars to bring the MSUE content to the report.

In addition, March is an important month for me in meeting with legislators and testifying at Michigan House and Senate hearings that often demand 24-hour response reports related to specific legislative requests. Bruce frequently comes up with details I didn’t realize we had to help address those requests. For the most part, his work goes unseen and unheralded – yet it is critical to helping us live up to our goal of being more accountable to decision makers at all levels.

 This spring, in addition to preparing the federal reports and helping to address state requests for details, Bruce has been leading our efforts to move into a new online system, the Michigan Planning and Reporting System (MI PRS). Over the last year, Bruce has worked with Deb Mault, ANR Technology Services information technologist, and the team of folks in the New England Planning and Reporting Consortium from whom we purchased the software to create a system that works for Michigan. Over the past two months, Bruce has traveled around the state and conducted 19 hands-on training sessions for 283 participants. No one looks forward to April Fool’s day more than Bruce! Please join me in thanking Bruce for his valuable contributions, transparent to many in the organization, yet critical to ensuring our future!

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Distinguished service awards presented at ANR luncheon

Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) honored Charlotte Louise Wenham and John Amos with distinguished service awards at the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week luncheon held March 8 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

Charlotte Louise Wenham is an MSU alumna, having earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and a master’s in English. She also earned a doctorate in education administration from Western Michigan University. She has served as teacher, middle school principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent in the St. Joseph Public Schools. She currently is a partner in Wood, Wenham & Henderson, through which she acts as a consultant, working with Michigan school districts, small businesses and non-profits.

Charlotte served as president of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Rotary Club, a member of the Berrien County MSU Extension Council and a member of the Michigan State Extension and Experiment Station Council, representing Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, along with the Southwest Research and Extension Center, the Kellogg Biological Station and the Kellogg Experimental Forest.

In the last six years, she has volunteered as a citizen advocate for MSUE, AgBioResearch and the CANR as a Michigan delegate to the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET), which meets annually in Washington D.C. to learn about national impacts of Cooperative Extension programs and research from land-grant universities and how federal policies and funding affect the land-grant systems. She is a very effective advocate for our programs and can cite a number of programs and impacts that have made a difference in Michigan. She also contacts congressional offices at other times of the year to discuss the importance of MSUE and AgBioResearch programs and issues ranging from annual United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) budget bills to farm program legislation and special grant appropriations requests.

Charlotte has received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Rotary Club; both state and local Outstanding Leader citations from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a professional society for women in education; an Above and Beyond Award from the rotary club and the Volunteer of the Year Award from Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan. Thanks, Char for all you do to support our work!

John Amos is owner of Amos Farms, a fruit-growing operation in the Williamsburg/Elk Rapids area. He and his family assisted the research of MSU Extension and the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (now MSU AgBioResearch), by supplying trees, application equipment and crews to collect harvest data for a six-year study of the chemical, ethephon. John went so far as to adjust his harvesting program to accommodate the researchers’ needs. Data collected from the research were the basis for ethephon’s eventual commercial use. John continuously offers his farm for studies and contributes to MSU’s research programs.

He and his wife, Pat, have hosted numerous foreign students, having them gain experience interning on their farm.

 For 20 years, he has volunteered for the Weather Service Cooperative Program, recording temperature and rainfall measurements. This valuable work allows growers to make educated decisions regarding applying sprays, irrigating and other tasks. The information he collected was recently incorporated into the MSU Agricultural Weather Network. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Commerce and National Weather Service Program.

John is a long-term active member of the MSU Horticulture Society, a member of the Whitewater Township Board and chair for the Elk Rapids Fire Department. Thanks, John, for helping to support our research and Extension programs and for opening your farm to our scientists and educators!

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