Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 1, 2012

Farm Focus in Brief: 12/01/2012


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Runoff design help

TRAVERSE CITY — Learn how to make landscaping do double duty to filter runoff pollutants during a program at the Boardman River Nature Center Tuesday.

Patrick Lindemann is the presenter for the 6:30 p.m. program. Ingham County's drain commissioner, Lindemann will offer examples of low-impact green runoff infrastructure, including Ingham County's Tollgate Wetlands.

RSVP to Matthew Bertrand at 941-0960, Ext. 18 or

Organic crop meeting

EAST LANSING — The annual gathering of Michigan organic field crop producers and major organic field crop buyers will be held at Cobb Hall in Millington on Monday.

Eight buyers have been invited to share their view of the organic outlook and what plans they have for purchases in 2013. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend and advance registration is not necessary.

The event is being organized by Michigan State University Extension. Cobb Hall is located at 10399 State Road.

For more information, contact Dan Rossman at 989-875-5233.

Shoreline pro class

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership has opened registration for its 2013 Certified Natural Shoreline Professional training courses.

Designed for professional marine and landscape contractors working on inland lakes, Certified Natural Shoreline Professional equips recipients with the knowledge to better serve lakefront property owners looking for alternatives to sea walls, rock and turf to the water's edge. Through classroom and field sessions, those who attend learn about characteristics of shoreline soils, plants and ecosystems; Michigan water law and completing a permit application; how to assess a shoreline property for problems; and methods, techniques and designs for natural shoreline landscaping and plant-based erosion control.

Cost is $375 and includes four days of classroom and field instruction, certification exam, lunches and training manual. To register or for more information, call 269-383-8852

'Pink slime' judge out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on one of the network's morning shows.

Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from hearing the defamation lawsuit filed by South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc. against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on "Good Morning America."

The case has been reassigned to Chief Judge Karen Schreier.

Ag chief to speak

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University says Gov. Rick Snyder will be one of several speakers for the school's December commencement ceremonies.

The events are Dec. 14-15 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

The East Lansing school announced Friday that Snyder, whose alma mater is the University of Michigan, will speak at the 10 a.m. Dec. 15 ceremony and will receive an honorary doctorate of laws degree. He'll address undergraduates from a number of colleges at the school, including the James Madison College.

Thomas Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address advanced degree candidates at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and will receive an honorary doctorate of laws. And Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.