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Kirk Heinze talks about agriculture with the always knowledgeable, always straightforward and always engaging, Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. Byrum is retiring from his role leading MABA next February. He discusses several key issues affecting the agriculture industry and reflects on 24 years at the helm of MABA and 46 years in the agricultural industry.

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Michigan’s Governor and senior U.S. Senator are concerned that escalating tariffs on Chinese goods may end up hurting Michigan’s economy. 

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About 250,000 hens have been killed during a fire at a mid-Michigan poultry operation.

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AgBioResearch is the overarching organization within Michigan State University that has responsibility for most of the food, agriculture, and natural resources research within the university,” Doug Buhler, assistant vice president of research and innovation at Michigan State University and director of MSU AgBioResearch, tells Kirk Heinze in a wide ranging conversation focusing on some of the rigorous, timely, and impactful research underway at MSU. 

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Plans are moving forward on a $10 million soybean processing facility in Michigan.

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For a segment of Greening of the Great Lakes within MSU Today, Kirk Heinze talks with Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, about the challenges and opportunities facing the agriculture industry nationally and in Michigan in 2019. 

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The state of Michigan is urging farmers to give up free natural gas.

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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.