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Michigan State Extension Launches New Web Site

1 October 2012, at 8:13am

US - The new Michigan State University (MSU) Extension web site, which debuted to a limited audience in April, features daily updates from MSU Extension educators from around the state.

"The web site really stemmed out of our desire to reach more people in ways that can truly have an impact on their lives," MSU Director of Extension Tom Coon explained. "MSU Extension educators, faculty and staff members work daily to provide the most current information when and where people need it."

The site's content is divided into eight content areas: 4-H Youth, Agriculture, Business, Community, Family, Food & Health, Lawn & Garden, and Natural Resources. Each content area features more specific categories – 75 in all – packed with educational articles from more than 300 MSU Extension educators.

MSU Extension educators view this as a way to begin a conversation with a resident or group.

"MSU Extension News has been a great way to connect with clientele interested in value-added product development in the Michigan livestock industry," said Brenda J. Reau, assistant director, MSU Product Center. "Many producers are looking for ways to add value to their livestock operations and they have been able to glean important information from the news site."

The MSU Extension web site, www.msue.msu.edu, is updated daily with new articles. It features a listing of MSU Extension events around the state, as well as a link to each county's presence in the state.

"Whether it's helping grow Michigan's agricultural economy, capturing opportunities that use our natural resources in a sustainable way, controlling healthcare costs by giving individuals the information they need to manage chronic illness or preparing tomorrow's leaders, MSU Extension is creating opportunities and building communities that make Michigan strong, prosperous and a great place to live," Dr Coon said.