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Nov. 3, 2023
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SPECIALTY CROPS: Specialty crops account for Michigan’s status as having the nation’s second-most diverse agricultural industry, but some farmers are unhappy about the timing of produce imports from abroad. They often arrive at the same time the state’s crops are being harvested and thus depress prices farmers get for their fruits and vegetables. Potato-producing Montcalm County mentioned. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! GREENVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.
w/SPECIALTY CROPS PHOTO1: Michigan produces the most potatoes for potato chip production in the country. Credit: Michigan Potato Industry Commission
w/SPECIALTY CROPS PHOTO2: Michigan is No. 4 in the country for sugar beet production. Credit: Michigan Sugar Co.
LAWMAKER BACKGROUNDS: Some lawmakers had no clue in college or early in their careers that they’d end up in political office. We talk to three: a senator from Redford Township who studied biology, teaching and marine biology before settling on anthropology, a representative from the Upper Peninsula who owned a truck stop and sports bar and worked as an EMT and volunteer firefighter and a former English teacher. Among others with unusual backgrounds are lawmakers from Grand Rapids and Ypsilanti. Only 13 are lawyers. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
w/ MARY CAVANAGH PHOTO: Sen. Mary Cavanagh of Redford Township wanted to be an anthropologist before getting into politics. Credit: Michigan Senate
w/DAVID PRESTIN PHOTO: Rep. David Prestin of Copper River owned a truck stop and sports bar before heading to the Legislature. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives
w/NATALIE PRICE PHOTO: Rep. Natalie Price of Berkley taught high school English before she served in the House. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives
FARM BILL: Congress is working on the Farm Bill which will help set national agricultural policy for the next five years. What do Michigan farmers want in it? Crop insurance and research funding are high on their wish list. We hear from experts at the Michigan Farm Bureau, MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and Michigan Farmers Union. By Liz Nass. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.
w/FARM BILL PHOTO: Michigan State University, a land grant university, conducts research on agricultural and farm practices at the MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi. Farmers are seeking more research money in the upcoming Farm Bill renewal. Credit: Michigan State University.
MARRIAGE LICENSES: Some lawmakers want to more than double the fee for marriage licenses, generating more money for county governments and Friend of the Court programs. Sponsors include legislators from Muskegon, Eastpointe, Allen Park Grand Rapids and Mt. Clemens. The measure passed committee and is awaiting full House action. By Kelsey Lester. FOR DETROIT, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.
IN-SEASON PRODUCE: Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables rather than imported produce benefits Michigan farmers and consumers. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS, FARM NEWS, WKTV, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
w/IN-SEASON PRODUCE PHOTO: Michigan cherries and blueberries on a local market. Credit: David Kenyon, State of Michigan
LEAVES: Raking your leaves this fall isn’t a given. Experts advise using a lawn mower to chop the leaves and leave them be or use as garden fertilizer. We talk to MSU and University of Delaware plant scientists about how to do that. By Reese Carlson. FOR PLANET DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
w/LEAVES PHOTO: Fall foliage along Highway 2 in the Upper Peninsula. Credit: Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Some environmental justice advocates say they fear that the U.S. The Supreme Court’s June ruling prohibiting public colleges and universities from considering race in admission decisions could threaten environmental justice laws and government policies. Law professors at University of Detroit Mercy and U-M explain. By Jada Vasser. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POItNTS.
w/SCHROECK PHOTO: Nick Schroeck, an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. Courtesy photo
w/SALIM PHOTO: Oday Salim, director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Courtesy photo
w/GREEN JUSTICE LOGO: Credit: Asher Freedman