Daily Archives: October 28, 2009

Michigan: Officials fear extension funding soon will be cut

After the state failed to issue MSU Extension and the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, or MAES, their monthly payment, officials fear funding for these programs could be eliminated altogether.

The programs primarily are supported by state funding and were appropriated $64 million in the 2009-10 state higher education budget, which is awaiting Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s approval.

If the funding is eliminated, it could mean drastic cuts and possible extinction for the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Extension Director Tom Coon said.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources receives about 74 percent of its funding from MSU Extension and MAES. The programs also fund 82 extension offices and 15 research stations statewide, employing almost 3,000 workers.

“The work that we do generates new jobs by helping farms, helping businesses and helping young people become more successful through youth development,” Coon said. “There are parts of Michigan’s economy that aren’t growing. This is one that is. It’s actually generating new jobs.”

Don’t just sit there, do something!!!!

Contact your Michigan State Senator

Contact your Michigan House Rep

“Obama’s Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response”

WASHINGTON–Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. “Thousands of Americans–hardworking ordinary Americans like you and me–already have H1N1,” Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said during a press conference. “Now Obama wants to take that away from us. Ask yourself: Do you want the federal government making these kinds of health care decisions for you and your family?” Other prominent Republicans opposing Obama’s declaration of emergency include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who urged residents of his state to continue not washing their hands, and radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made a point of dying of the virus during his show on Wednesday.

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Hat tip: Claudia Sawyer

Taking on the bottled water industry

Watergeeks is a business that sells water bottles, water filters, and other products aimed at helping alleviate the global water crisis. Their main products are personal water bottles. Their mission is to eliminate the waste of bottles used for bottled water. Many people think that because bottled water bottles are recyclable, that the bottles actually get recycled. But…

Find out the truth HERE.