MSU professor revives 100-year-old barley for Michigan craft beer

A Michigan State professor dug into the university’s agriculture archives to revive a 100-year-old barley seed called Spartan barley. Spartan barley was developed by Frank Spragg, a plant breeder at the Michigan Agricultural College, known today as Michigan State University. Originally developed as a Michigan-indigenous barley strain for Michigan brewers, many breweries in the state used this barley strain in the early 1900’s.  

But when prohibition was voted in, brewing halted. That is until Russell Freed, MSU’s doctor of crop science, decided to revive the strain. “I got in touch with the USDA germplasm curator for barley in Idaho, Aberdeen Idaho,” Freed said, “and he sent me five grams of Spartan barley.”

Insects could add protein to our diets

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CSI Great Lakes: Fish forensics

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Williamston Farmers Market still running for 2016 season

By Caitlin DeLuca
The Williamston Post

After being reinstated by the City Council two months ago, the Williamston Farmers Market is gearing up for the 2016 season. The Farmers’ Market and its manager Marlene Epley were cut from DDA funding without warning in February. The reason for the defunding seemed to be because the market was operating at a loss. At the following City Council meeting, it was standing room only as many citizens came to both defend the market and demand the market’s and Epley’s reinstatement. The City Council voted unanimously to reinstate both and create a committee to monitor and plan the market.