agriculture

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might be in for a shakeup – and Michigan could feel the effects.


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The idea of genetically modified food makes a lot of people nervous. These concerns are usually due to a misunderstanding of how genetic modification works. With an ever-growing global population, these foods will become essential to the survival of many. This week, Science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega break down how scientists are using the new technology CRISPR to grow better food.


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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says tariffs imposed on China, Canada and Mexico are bad for U.S. agriculture. 

 


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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the Trump administration won’t allow American farmers to be pawns in a trade war with China.

 


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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will kick off a three-state tour Tuesday with a visit to Michigan State University.

 


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Scientists at Michigan State University are leading a $2.5 million grant to help improve agricultural consumption of water and energy.

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Warmer weather in February means that insect pests are returning sooner than usual. 

For farmers, these early insects might be a problem if certain kinds of green vegetation remain in the field when they arrive looking for winter cover crops. 

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For city-dwellers, farming might not appear to be a viable career option. A program in Lansing works to encourage urban farming through the Lansing Urban Farm Project apprenticeship program.


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Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects designed to boost the competitiveness of Michigan's fruits, vegetables and other "specialty crops."

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Michigan State University is using a roughly $2 million federal grant to help southwestern Haiti restore agricultural production after Hurricane Matthew's devastating blow last fall.

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Tannenbaum Farms in Mason has been a fixture in mid-Michigan for 40 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with co-owner Mel Koelling about this year’s tree harvest.


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The Michigan Farm Bureau is busy planning its  priorities for 2017. We talk with the bureau’s policy development chair, Andy Hagenow.


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Cherry picking season may be over, but a few weeks ago one Michigan cherry farmer raised awareness about an issue that’s still creating a buzz. Marc Santucci posted a picture to Facebook of all the tart cherries his farm was forced to spoil, and it went viral. We talk to him about the picture and the story behind it.


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The new president of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall, is in Michigan this week. He speaks with Current State about the farming workforce, water rights and more.


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U.S. farmers are fighting the EPA’s recent Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it intrusive. We get an update on how Michigan’s largest farmer’s organization, the Michigan Farm Bureau, is responding and a look at the MFB’s 2016 agenda.


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