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MSU Extension Director Jeff Dwyer Interview – The Value of MSUE for Agriculture and Others in the U.P.

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MSU Extension Director Jeff Dwyer Interview - The Value of MSUE for Agriculture and Others in the U.P. (Dwyer, left and Todd Noordyk, Right)
MSU Extension Director Jeff Dwyer Interview – The Value of MSUE for Agriculture and Others in the U.P. (Dwyer, left and Todd Noordyk, Right)

Chatham, Michigan – During a recent dinner at the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) North Farm, Todd Pazz of the 8th Day Radio Show had a chance to sit down with Jeff Dwyer to discuss the importance of the MSUE in the lives of those that live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as its roots as one of the original Land Grant Colleges.

Topics discussed:

    • The Technological Advancement of Agriculture
    • How being a member of local community helps to understand needs of the U.P.
    • Over 600 People working in MSUE across the state
    • Community Support including helping with Windmill Technology and Educating new community Commissions Members
    • The New Marijuana Law
    • Outreach efforts
    • Community Partnerships with communities (Fall Prevention for Seniors, for example)
    • Evidence-Based Resource
    • Choosing Priorities from among so many options
    • Obligation to work in all 83 counties in the State of Michigan
    • Bay College Scientific Agriculture example
    • Transfer Credits – Making it seamless, knowing credits will transfer
    • 58 people for MSUE work in the Upper Peninsula
    • High Tech in local agriculture
    • Automation and digital real-time response when planting, pesticides, and so on
    • Robots and drones in agriculture – what MSUE can do to help
    • The cloud in modern farming
    • Information management in modern farming
    • Thomas Robert Malthus verses the real-world dynamic technology changes
    • The scientific approach maximizes success and minimizes failure
    • Online education opportunities with MSUE
    • Michigan is the 2nd most diverse agricultural economy in the United States
    • Trade issues/Tariffs that impact agricultural futures
    •  The typical farmer must take in so much information daily today compared to the past
    • Globalization and farmers
    • Land Grant Universities

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According to his official biography from MSU Jeff Dwyer is:

“the Director of MSU Extension; Senior Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement for the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.   He was named director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension on April 1, 2016, after serving as interim director from January 1 to March 31, 2016.”

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