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April 13, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 04/13/2013

Deadline nears

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology will conduct a class on commercial vegetable production at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

The deadline to enroll is May 1. For complete details, contact Andy Norman at 995-1719.

Conservation funding

EAST LANSING —The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering Michigan farmers a second opportunity to compete for conservation financial assistance during 2013.

Funding is available through the USDA’s Seasonal High Tunnel for Crops, Drought, Organic and Air Quality initiatives to producers who submit an application by May 17.

“This is a good opportunity for producers who were not selected earlier in the year to apply for financial assistance for conservation activities during 2013. Anyone interested in these initiatives should contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office as soon as possible to start the application process,” said State Conservationist Garry Lee.

For more information, contact a local field office or go online to

Fuel-efficient vehicles

EMPIRE — The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is teaming up with the Clean Energy Coalition to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet by 15 percent and to share information about alternative fuels and fuel-efficient driving habits with the 1.3 million visitors who visit the National Lakeshore each year.

The National Lakeshore will deploy three Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicles and two Liquefied Petroleum Gas-fueled pick-up trucks, and install charging and fueling stations for the vehicles. The park will also implement a public awareness campaign to communicate fuel-efficient driving behaviors to park visitors and staff.

For information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visit

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