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Retired educator honored as hero of sustainable agriculture

Dale Mutch was recently named as a North Central Region‒Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Hero. Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions and impact individuals have made in the field of sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Mutch is a retired Michigan State University senior Extension educator and adjunct professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. He spent more than three decades as an IPM vegetable scout, agricultural agent, district and state field crop integrated pest management coordinator, senior district Extension educator and coordinator, consultant and professor. As a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council, he championed the promotion and demonstration of cover crops to improve soil health and create more sustainable agricultural practices throughout the region and nationally.

I encourage you to read more about Dale as well as the tributes from many of our MSU colleagues in this NCR-SARE article: http://www.northcentralsare.org/About-Us/Regional-Initiatives/NCR-SARE-Hero-Recognition-Program/Past-NCR-SARE-Heroes/Dale-Mutch-NCR-SARE-Hero

Congratulations, Dale!

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CANR Extension specialist and professor receives outstanding faculty award

Mary Hausbeck, professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, was one of 10 faculty members who received William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty awards at the February 11 Founders Day and Awards Convocation in the Pasant Theatre in the Wharton Center following President Lou Anna K. Simon’s State of the University Address. Dr. Hausbeck is a plant pathologist who studies a variety of diseases and focuses on those that threaten Michigan’s vegetable and floricultural crops. There’s not a vegetable grower in Michigan who doesn’t know Dr. Hausbeck or benefit from her work. On top of managing a very productive research enterprise at MSU, she is noted for going to farms to better understand the field conditions that might affect the onset or progress of a plant disease outbreak.

Two other professors from the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources received the Outstanding Faculty award as well: Dave Douches, professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and Rick Horan, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, And Resource Economics. Although Dr. Douches and Dr. Horan do not have Extension appointments, they make their expertise available to Extension professionals and stakeholders unselfishly. Dr. Douches is a potato breeder and Dr. Horan studies factors that influence public policy related to environmental and natural resource issues.

Read more about each awardee in this MSU Today article: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/2014-william-j-beal-outstanding-faculty-awards/

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Check out these new MSU Extension bulletins

Several new bulletins are now available in the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore. All are produced by Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications. All three are available as free PDF downloads. E3203 Wildfires

 Protect Your Great Lakes Shoreline Home From Wildfires (E3203) is written by Mark F. Hansen, Extension educator-on-call emeritus and consultant emeritus. The bulletin, part of the Wildfire Series, gives tips to incorporate preventative practices such as providing a defensible space to reduce the chances your shoreline home will catch fire in the event of a wildfire. E3198 Rebuilding an Eroding Bank

Rebuilding an Eroding Bank on an Inland Lake: A Comparison of Traditional and Prefabricated Encapsulated Soil Lifts (E3198) is written by Jane Herbert, senior Extension water resource educator, and Gina Frasson-Hudson, Extension research assistant. It was edited by Rebecca McKee, editor, and designed by Alicia Burnell, graphic designer, both of ANR Communications. Shoreline contractors as well as shoreline property owners will benefit from this bulletin, which compares the traditional method of “hardening” eroding shorelines using rock riprap and vertical seawalls with a more natural erosion control measure, such as an encapsulated soil lift. E3200 Rotational grazing

Rotational Grazing for Michigan Horses (E3200) was written by Tom Guthrie, Extension statewide equine educator; Karen Waite, equine Extension specialist; and Kim Cassida, forage specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. It was edited by Rebecca McKee and designed by Alicia Burnell. The bulletin describes what a rotational grazing system is and helps horse owners and managers decide whether a system is right for them, their land and their horses.

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CANR faculty and staff awards and achievements recognized

Fred Poston, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, hosted a reception on March 27 to recognize the many accomplishments and awards of CANR faculty and staff.

Michigan State University Extension staff members Anne Brooks, office assistant for MSU Extension on campus, and Debbie Clark, secretary in the Genesee County MSU Extension office, both received Outstanding Staff Awards from the CANR Staff Advisory Committee.

Gary Powell, weed science research assistant in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, also received the Outstanding Staff Award.

The CANR Outstanding Team Award went to the office professionals team in the Department of Entomology, including Linda Gallagher, Heather Lenartson-Kluge, Carolyn Devereaux, Brooke Gallagher, Courtneay Smith, Janet Eschbach and Barbara Stinnett.

You can read more about these award winners and review the list of awards, recognitions and milestones in the event program. The CANR Staff Advisory Committee sponsors the event.

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