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RE: E-M:/ Fw: Important! Governor wants to Close down MSU Extension!! Please Help Write Letters!!!!!!!!!!!



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Enviro-Mich message from "Bonnie Shupe" <bonnies@CANNONTWP.ORG>
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To add to Craig's message - 
I am involved with MSU Extension's United Growth for Kent County which is a wonderful group combining both rural and urban components to deal with land use issues.  Many of our goals and concerns reflect the Land Use Council's recommendations.  Members of the Master Gardener program tend our flowers at the Township Center, creating a beautiful garden that is the pride of our community.  My daughters were part of the 4-H program for many years and it was one of the best experiences we had in our family life (although camping for a week on the Lowell fairgrounds with no electricity left a little to be desired....).  Extension does wonderful things for the community.  I've only mentioned three.  It would be a shame to cut out their funding.

Bonnie L. Shupe
Cannon Township Clerk
6878 Belding Road NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Phone: 616-874-6966
Fax: 616-874-8940
E-mail: bonnies@cannontwp.org
Web page: www.cannontwp.org



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Harris, Craig
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 2:53 PM
To: 'Kathy Melmoth'; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: RE: E-M:/ Fw: Important! Governor wants to Close down MSU
Extension!! Please Help Write Letters!!!!!!!!!!!


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Enviro-Mich message from "Harris, Craig" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu>
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dear kathy and enviro-mich,

cooperative extension has county and regional offices all around the state,
and specialists and program staff on the msu campus . . . accepting for the
moment your description of the activities of some extension personnel, i
would nevertheless contend that currently msu extension includes a wide
diversity of approaches and perspectives . . . 

some examples . . . for more than 20 years, extension has supported a major
program in integrated pest management, reducing the environmental impact of
agricultural pesticides and attempting to increase the effectiveness of
environmental pest controls . . . extension has supported several programs
in intensive rotational grazing as an alternative to confined animal feeding
operations, in order to improve manure management and enhance the overall
efficiency of agricultural production . . . extension staff are involved in
the establishment of an organic apple orchard at the clarksville
horticultural experiment station . . . in response to the food quality
protection act, extension has worked with growers to identify effective pest
management alternatives that pose less risk to human health . . . extension
staff have worked with michigan growers to identify economically and
environmentally sustianable uses of precision agricultural techniques that
reduce the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides . . .
extension staff are working on organic techniques of vegetable production .
. . these are just a few of the examples of pro-environmental work in
extension's repertoire . . . 

in closing, i would note that, in all of these activities, cooperative
extension and the michigan agricultural experiment station work together to
conduct the underlying research, to apply the results of that research to
specific aspects of michigan agriculture, and  

craig k harris
department of sociology
center for integrated plant systems
national food safety and toxicology center
institute for food and agricultural standards
michigan state university
429b berkey hall
east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
tel:  517-355-5048
fax:  517-432-2856



-----Original Message-----
From: Kathy Melmoth [mailto:melmoth@dmci.net]
Sent: Sunday 16 November 2003 21:26
To: Alex J. Sagady & Associates; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Fw: Important! Governor wants to Close down MSU
Extension!! Please Help Write Letters!!!!!!!!!!!


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Enviro-Mich message from "Kathy Melmoth" <melmoth@dmci.net>
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I think it is important to evaluate the role of MSU Extension in rural and
urban communities beyond the Master Gardener program and 4-H, both good
programs.

 Extension personnel in both Lenawee and Hillsdale counties and MSU
Extension faculty have been major players in promoting CAFOs (concentrated
animal feeding operations) locally.
At the county level, my experience has been that they have totally ignored
and denied the water pollution from liquid manure applications to area
fields. There is no concern expressed over potential ground water pollution
from liquid manure lagoons, nor concern over health effects from stench and
emissions and the social disruption to rural communities.
In one of my conversations with a former Dairy Extension Specialist in
Hillsdale County, I was told there was no problem with CAFOs. She was
condescending and dismissive to me personally and to other people at two
public hearings.
Extension staff in Northeast Michigan, along with the Northeast Michigan
Dairy Development Council, were involved in the effort to bring "large
dairies" into a part of Michigan with Bovine Tuberculosis and with direct
connections to Lake Huron. The packet of information provided by the
Northeast Michigan Dairy Development Council notes the rich resources of
sand mined locally (for bedding) and stated: "good quality water is freely
available in the Great Lake state. There are no permits or fees required."

MSU Extension faculty personnel have been involved with the development of
CAFO technologies (sand bedding), have accused rural residents, (many family
farmers,) of wanting to live in the "bucolic past". While finally
acknowledging that there is a problem with liquid manure in drain tiles
polluting streams, rather than consider downsizing herds and dryer
technologies, and products consumers want (milk without growth hormone); MSU
Extension faculty continue to promote the large CAFOs and liquid lagoon
systems.
Since the Michigan Legislature thinks it is necessary to under fund DEQ (the
only means of enforcing environmental laws,) then I think it should consider
de-funding an institution that promotes polluting forms of agriculture.
Sincerely,
Kathy Melmoth,
Hillsdale County
Member of Ann Arbor Farmers Market Growers Association



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