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Register for the ANR Week Luncheon – time is running out

On March 8, as part of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) invites you to attend the ANR Week Luncheon. The event will take place in Kellogg Center Big Ten A/B from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for the luncheon, simply click on this link to the ANR Week Luncheon registration page.

The ANR Week Luncheon recognizes supporters of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and those who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan agriculture and natural resources. During the luncheon, worthy recipients will be honored with the following awards: Distinguished Service, Outstanding Agriculture Educator, Distinguished Partner in Study Abroad, Distinguished Faculty, Alumni Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus.

Before the luncheon, you can join us for a poster reception that showcases the breadth and depth of CANR research and outreach programs.

The last day to register for the luncheon is March 5. Here’s the link: https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=6116C04C6E73C5DF.

The ANR Week Luncheon is just one important part of ANR Week, scheduled for March 4-11. The program does an outstanding job of offering a wide variety of conferences and workshops in many areas, including agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. Check out the schedule and consider joining us for even more than just the luncheon. See you there.

 

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Mark your calendars for ANR Week

Remember to mark your calendars for Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR) Week, scheduled for March 5 to 12, 2016. This will be my first time attending this event and I’ve heard what a great job the program planners do of offering a variety of conferences and workshops in many areas, including agriculture, horticulture and natural resources.

On March 8, 2016, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) invites you to attend the ANR Week Luncheon.

Posters

We are inviting researchers, graduate students, specialists and Extension educators to submit posters to be presented at the ANR Week luncheon reception on Tuesday, March 8. The reception begins at 10:30 a.m. and will provide an opportunity to showcase your work to CANR stakeholders and honorees. In addition to the posters, the reception will feature University Development’s core messages of service and scholarship.

Please submit a brief summary of the topic of your poster display, whether you need electricity, or any other special requirements your display has for review by Feb. 29 to Megghan Honke Seidel. Authors of selected posters or displays will be notified no later than March 3, to give you time to prepare your display.

Awards

The ANR Week Luncheon recognizes supporters of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and those who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan agriculture and natural resources. During the luncheon, the following awards will be given: Distinguished Service, Outstanding Agriculture Educator, Distinguished Partner in Study Abroad, Distinguished Faculty, Alumni Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus.

The luncheon takes place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last day to register online is March 4, 2016, but why wait? Register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/anrweeklunch16.

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ANR Week honors industry leaders at luncheon

This week is Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week. On Tuesday, March 10, several people were honored with awards at the ANR Week Luncheon.

Each year the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources presents Distinguished Service Awards to those individuals or partners who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the CANR. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to Michigan State University and the CANR by continuing outstanding volunteerism and leadership on behalf of or in conjunction with the university on a local, state, national or international level. I’d like to call attention to the three people who received Distinguished Service Awards: Richard H. Lehnert, William L. Sheridan and David L. Smith.

 Richard H. Lehnert, associate editor of Good Fruit Grower, is a 1963 MSU alumnus. He served the Michigan agriculture sector as editorial assistant and editor of Michigan Farmer. Additionally, he owned and operated his own communications agency for another decade. Richard was managing editor of Fruit Growers News and associate editor of Vegetable Growers News. He earned national recognition for his reporting when the fire-retardant chemical polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) was mistakenly added to animal feed, leading to the destruction of thousands of cattle, pigs and chickens. For this, he received the Detroit Press Club Foundation Professional Award. He received the Heath Cooper Rigdon Conservation Writer Award for his coverage of soil conservation.

William L. Sheridan, auctioneer and realtor, is a 1972 MSU alumnus. He has operated several businesses in mid-Michigan, including Sheridan Auction Service, Owosso Livestock and Sales Company, the Brokerage Land Company and Sheridan Realty. A Mason resident, he was named the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association Member of the Year in 2014 and was recently inducted into the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame. He was appointed by former Gov. John Engler to the Michigan Beef Industry Commission and served as chair from 1998 until 2006. William maintains strong ties to the MSU Department of Animal Science, serving on its advisory and scholarship committees. He has also served on the CANR Alumni Association Board and serves the CANR as an auctioneer at AutumnFest, the college’s indoor tailgate event.

David L. Smith, executive director of the Michigan Vegetable Council, has been an advocate for the Michigan vegetable industry and for Michigan agriculture in general. In his current role, he has helped secure more than $2 million in grants for research on major vegetable disease problems. He launched the merger of the annual conference of the Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council to form the Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo. David is a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Monroe County Extension Council and the Board of Review for Erie Township, Michigan, and an active member of several community organizations.

All three of these individuals have been outstanding partners for MSU and Michigan State University Extension. Congratulations to all three Distinguished Service Award winners!

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ANR Week and ANR Week luncheon have lots to offer

Mark your calendars for Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR) Week scheduled for March 1‒8. The event offers a wide variety of conferences and workshops. Some are still open for registration. Click here to check out a list of programs by subject area. Then click on each individual event to find out registration information.

On March 4, as part of ANR Week, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) invites you to attend the ANR Week Luncheon. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Fred Poston, dean of the CANR, will speak. Worthy recipients will be honored with the following awards: Distinguished Service, Outstanding Agriculture Educator, Distinguished Partner in Study Abroad, Distinguished Faculty, Alumni Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus.

The luncheon takes place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s not too late to register but hurry – the last day to register online is Feb. 28.

Register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/ANRWeekLuncheon14/

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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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ANR Week—a testament to partnerships

It’s difficult to describe ANR Week—so many different programs addressing so many interests, needs and opportunities for Michigan and the Great Lakes region. But I heard Provost Kim Wilcox share an observation this week that captures it as well as anything I’ve ever heard. In his comments at the ANR Week Luncheon on Tuesday, he noted that as only the third speaker on the agenda, he had already heard the word “partnership” used 14 times. Subsequent speakers used the word, too.

In his comments, the provost pointed out that working in partnerships—within the university and with state agencies, federal agencies, private businesses, community organizations, individual volunteers, commodity groups, conservation organizations, and others—is a hallmark of the work of MSU, and that certainly includes MSU Extension. In fact occasionally MSU Extension stakeholders and staff members mention to me that they think we need to figure out how to get the word “cooperative” back in the title of MSUE. Years ago the decision was made that MSU Extension was a name that better represented our organization, reflecting the fact that we are the program that connects communities, families, businesses and organizations with MSU. And I don’t intend to change that. But it’s good to remind ourselves that we ARE the Cooperative Extension Service of Michigan, and as such link more broadly to the national CES system. More importantly, we are an organization that not only works in partnerships, but by definition, we do not EXIST without partnerships. It was great to hear the provost recognize and remind us of our own need for and commitment to working with partners.

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