BEER WASTE: Some breweries are finding creative ways to use leftover grain from the beer making process, including baked goods and animal feed, We learn about microbrewery-bakery MI Element in Midland, Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids and Detroit and Short’s Brewing in Elk Rapids and Bellaire. By Sophia Lada. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, CORP! PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.
U.P. CHARGING STATIONS: A new report from the UP Energy Task Force urges state support to expand charging stations for electric vehicles, a goal endorsed by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the state Office of Future Mobility and Electrification. It fits with the Biden administration’s new infrastructure proposal that includes creation of a national network of charging stations. By Elaine Mallon. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
SOLAR: Some lawmakers want to lift the cap on the amount of solar energy Michigan utility companies must buy back from their customers. Solar power currently provides only 0.3% of the state’s electricity. The Sierra Club says the change would create more solar industry jobs, reduce electricity prices and benefit the environment. We also speak to a cosponsor from Traverse City and an Ann Arbor woman with solar panels on her roof. Other sponsors include representatives from Hancock, Grand Rapids, Harbor Springs, Gaylord and Cadillac. By Kristia Potsema. FOR MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! MONTMORENCY, CADILLAC, DETROIT, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.
TRASH ROBOTS: Robots are coming to automate the recycling process, reducing the need for human beings to sort the usable from the useless. We hear from the Emmet County Materials Recovery Facility in Harbor Springs, the coordinator of MSU’s recycling center and the manufacturer of recycling robots. Commentary. By Marshall Lee Weimer. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CHEBOYGAN, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.
SALAD BOWL: For lettuce that calls indoor farms home, the “sunlight” can be blue, pink, red or other colors. That’s because LED lights allow growers to pick the spectrums of the sun that are most useful for plants. The technology is helping Midwest farmers compete with the country’s best-known “Salad Bowl” in California. We talk to an MSU horticulture professor and to farmers in Caledonia and South Bend, Indiana. For news and agriculture sections. By Brianna M. Lane. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, HILLSDALE AND ALL POINTS.
FARMERS AND CLIMATE: Agriculture is on the front line in the fight for sustainability and against climate change. We talk to an Owosso dairy farmer, the director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the president of the Michigan Agri-business Association and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. For news and agriculture pages. By Sophia Lada. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
DETROIT RIVER: Thanks to a spongy M&M-like technology, contaminated soil in the Detroit River has been contained. Powdered activated carbon absorbed the contaminated soil in the $3.6 million Detroit Riverwalk project that finished in December. The progress makes it possible to start construction on a 3.5 mile extension of the Riverwalk along the east riverfront. We talk to a contractor and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. By Brianna M. Lane. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.
FISH GENES: Understanding how genes affect which fish can see deep in Lake Superior could help scientists understand how to protect them. Kiyis belong to the ciscoes, which play a key role in Great Lakes food webs and are food source for siscowet lake trout. They may have regained an ancestral adaptation that enables better vision in deep water. By Kyle Davidson. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, ALCONA, MONROE, CHEBOYGAN, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY AND ALL POINTS.
The Williamston High School Inventeam designed a Roomba-like beach clean-up invention for the Lemelson-MIT program. They were accepted into the program for the 2019-2020 school year, which makes this the school’s third trip to Eurekafest.
VIRTUAL WALLEYE: Using data from Lake Erie and the Maumee River, scientists are simulating Great Lakes walleye on computers to find out how contaminants harm the fish. The new technique helps experts more efficiently discover how to clean up contaminants from farming, household cleaning products and medications that end up in lakes and rivers. By Taylor Haelterman. FOR MONROE, BLISSFIELD, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, ALCONA, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS, LUDINGTON, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA COUNTY, MANISTEE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.