As the federal government discusses fiscal constraint, we must be careful to recognize the importance of agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs that enhance the quality of life for all people. By the middle of the century, the world’s population will be more than 9 billion people. Feeding that population will challenge the world’s agricultural capability.
As part of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET), I was recently in Washington to talk to members of the Michigan Congressional delegation, including 2nd term Rep.Dan Benishek, about the need for agricultural research, teaching and extension services provided by Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
I spent my career as an advocate for Michigan potato growers and relied on MSU to recommend strategies for better yields, healthier plants and lowering energy costs. I urge support for the vital federal programs that support MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and wish Congressman Benishek well in his new assignment on the House Committee on Agriculture.
The writer is a member of CARET, the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Inspiring to be around
Loved the story about Ben and Kelly Dornoff. It’s really not complete, however, without a mention of the big role Special Olympics plays in their lives. Ben and Kelly are regular, great participants in several Special Olympics sports. A great deal of their social interaction comes from their association with our many other really special Special Olympics athletes. They are all inspiring to be around.
John Michael Casteel
The writer is director for Area 2 of Michigan Special Olympics.
Plows tore up alleys
I am a local resident and I am appalled with a decision that was made to plow the roads and alleys of our downtown streets after a measely one inch of snow fell recently. I live downtown and walk my dog daily and I could not believe the condition of the alleys after the roads were plowed. Anyone with half a brain would see how they were tearing up the asphalt with their blade trying to clean up one inch of snowfall. Now our alleys are seriously in bad shape and it could have been avoided by not sending the plows out when it wasn’t necessary.