CNS Summer 2020 Michigan Environmental Package #4

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To: CNS Editors

From: Dave Poulson & Eric Freedman

For problems or questions, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899 1640; or Eric Freedman at (517) 355-4729 or (517) 256-3873;

EDITORS: This is our 4th summer package of Michigan-focused environmental stories in collaboration with our partner, Great Lakes Echo.

1st REGULAR FILE AHEAD: Our new cadre of correspondents is here, and we plan to send our 1st weekly file of the fall semester on Friday, Sept. 11.


CHIRPING CRICKETS: The steady sound of crickets chirping in the evening is a staple of a Midwest summer. And with some simple math, that chirping can be used to tell the temperature. An MSU expert explains. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

NO-TILL FARMING: Sustained use of no-till methods improves crop productivity while providing environmental benefits, a new MSU study finds. We talk to a crop researcher and farmers in Clinton and Gratiot counties. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS  AND ALL POINTS. 


DAIRY TO FISH FARM:  It’s unlikely most people get excited when they see a vacant manure pit, but converted storage lagoons on former dairy farms can be money-making ventures for aquaculture operations. We hear from a Michigan Sea Grant expert in the Western UP and from Wisconsin farmers. For news, agriculture and business ections. By Carin Tunney. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, SAULT STE. MARIE  AND ALL POINTS.

TOXIC BLOOM: Toxic algae blooming in Lake Erie is creating safety concerns for humans and aquatic life, prompting the state to work with farmers to reduce the phosphorus levels in field runoff. For news and agriculture sections. Experts at NOAA, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.


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