New Web site serves Michigan fruit growers
Michigan fruit growers used to having their own Michigan State University Web site for fruit news and information will now find it integrated with other agricultural news on a new Web site.
In Michigan, a different Web site has served growers with current fruit production information. That information, along with fruit CAT (Crop Advisory Team) Alert articles are now incorporated in the new site.
In the new format, growers land on a home page that highlights five current news stories on agricultural subjects in general. They can choose “fruit” from a menu on the left side, which takes them to a page listing headines and single sentence summaries, with date of posting. All the articles posted for the year are there in reverse order of posting.
Links on the right side connect a grower to apples, cherries, grapes, Enviro-weather, integrated pest management, and other pages, which are archives of general information.
Michigan State has been doing extensive restructuring. Last year Extension was reorganized. Reorganization plans are being considered for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. At the start of this year, the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station was renamed MSU AgBioResearch, with a tagline “leading innovation in food, natural resources, and energy.”
Director Steve Pueppke said the new name better conveys the breadth and relevance of the work, while remaining true to the land-grant mission of supporting Michigan agriculture. About 400 scientists from six colleges are part of the research network.