FOOD, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH UPCOMING EVENTS
Farm Management Seminar – Partnering with local
The citizens of Gratiot County recognize as a priority the lenders, MSU-Extension is conducting a seminar for farm
connection between food safety, nutrition and physical families on February 7, 2002 at the RESD in Ithaca
activity and enhanced quality of life. addressing farming together issues, estate planning, risk
management, land rental agreements, labor management and
Extension’s Action Strategies: expectations for the 2002 Farm Bill.
Work one-on-one in homes and with groups to Manure Management Plan Workshops – A two-day
improve the food management skills of low- livestock session with multi-agency collaboration livestock
income citizens. producers training to utilize manure to maximize crop
Provide pertinent information in a bi-monthly production, minimize adverse environmental impact, and
newsletter – mailed to citizens in the county and optimize off farm fertilizer purchases are scheduled at a
also available at various locations. number of locations including the Fulton Township hall on
Building Better Bodies – train parent volunteers February 21 & 28, 2002.
to present programs in local elementary schools Yield Map Interpretation Basic Principles Workshop –
about healthy food and nutrition choices. Training for crop producers to utilize GPS and GIS software
to optimize their farming practices will take place March 7,
THE PROCESS FOR PRIORITIZING ISSUES FastTrac Business Planning – A 12-week entrepreneurial
training program for new and expanding businesses is
The Extension Council in Gratiot County has 23 members, currently underway in Alma at the GTEC center Tuesday
representing differing groups and interests from evenings from 6:00-9:30pm
throughout the county. The council established a process Youth Development - Winter Camp for youth ages 9-12 will
in the spring of 2001 to identify and prioritize the issues in be held on February 8 and 9, at the Alma Presbyterian
the county that can be addressed by Extension’s Church, from 5:00pm-12:00pm. Cost is $15. More
educational programming. They reviewed county information is available at the Extension Office.
demographics and trend reports. Preliminary information Junior Leadership Workshop is being organized for 4-
from the county’s strategic planning process utilizing focus H’ers ages 11-13. They will be learning communication and
groups and input from community leaders (e.g. educators, study skills, as well as learning about many exciting careers
government officials, seniors, youth, businesses, involving agriculture.
agriculture) was shared. Council members then reviewed Building Strong Adolescents – This new MSU-Extension
all of this information and prioritized the issue areas. curriculum will be used to present a parenting series for the
parents of preteens and early teens in Gratiot County. The
programs will be offered at no charge for interested parents
at the RESD Building in Ithaca on six consecutive Thursday
GRATIOT COUNTY ADVISORY EXTENSION COUNCIL evenings beginning on January 31, 2002
Family Nutrition Program – A six week series for low-
Judge Jack Arnold Paul Bader income participants will be held at the Salvation Army
Kelly Bushre Dave Carpenter Building in Alma beginning in late January. Topics will
Mike Chaffin Scott Crumbaugh include low cost snack choices for children, planning family
Nancy Davis John Densmore meals, safe food handling practices, setting financial goals
Kris Duflo Kelvin Duflo and managing a budget. This is the second such series held
Sharon Fenton Cathy McCune in cooperation with Salvation Army this year.
Brenda Netzley Mike Reeves
David Roslund Dan Schaub GRATIOT COUNTY MSU EXTENSION STAFF
Don Schurr Renee Shaver Dan Rossman, County Extension Director
Doreen Slavik Becky Smith Rich Hodupp, Agricultural Agent
Renee Smith Jenna Strong Jerry May, Regional Swine Agent
Cindy Whitford Dann Bolinger, Two-county Dairy Agent
Linda Huyck, Extension Educator
Gladys Jerome, Family Nutrition Program Associate
Renee Applegate, 4-H Agent
Suzanne Peacock, 4-H Program Associate
Lori Mikek, Office Manager
Tasha Holley, 4-H Secretary/Fair Coordinator
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity institution, Michigan State University Extension programs
and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability,
political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. Issued in furtherance of MSU Extension
work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Margaret A.
Bethel, Extension Director, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824
Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an
educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities.
Extension offices in counties throughout the state link the research of the state’s land grant
university, MSU, with the issues of concern in local communities. Extension provides
information and offers educational programs in agriculture and natural resources, youth
and families, community and economic development. Local citizens serving on the county
Extension council regularly help select current focus areas for programming.
GRATIOT COUNTY CITIZENS IDENTIFY FOCUS AREAS FOR EXTENSION’S
1. FAMILY AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
2. LAND USE
3. COMMUNITY VIABILITY
4. FOOD, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH
FAMILY AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Gratiot County citizens recognize the importance of strong families and positive adult role
models to enable youth to make wise choices and to take appropriate action amidst the
many challenges they face today.
Extension’s Action Strategies:
Increase the number of 4-H volunteers and provide appropriate training.
Gratiot County Extension
Conduct a series of parent training workshops.
214 East Center Street
Ithaca, MI 48847 Include information about effective parenting in a bi-monthly newsletter.
Phone: 989-875-5233 LAND USE
Fax: 989-875-5289 Gratiot County is challenged with taking advantage of potential economic development
and residential growth while preserving prime farm land and enhancing citizens quality of
Web Site: Extension’s Action Strategies:
http://www.msue.msu.edu/ Conduct MSU Extension’s Citizen Planner program, a ten-week certification
msue/ctyentpg/gratiot.html series, for members of planning commissions and local governmental units, as
well as other interested citizens.
Help facilitate the communication and sharing of land use strategies and planning
efforts between local units of government within Gratiot County.
Assist in the process of developing, building upon, and utilizing a county GIS
system to provide layers of land use and infrastructure information for planning
There is a need to continually build upon the economic strengths of our local
businesses, industries, and agricultural operations and implement changes as new
opportunities are discovered.
MSU Extension is an Extension’s Action Strategies:
educational organization funded Conduct entrepreneurial business planning workshops for new ventures
jointly by through the Board of and expanding businesses.
Commissioners, the State of
Assist producers in exploring, evaluating, and implementing value added
Michigan through Michigan and niche market opportunities.
State University and federally
Provide timely information to agricultural producers on production,
through the US Department of
marketing, financial management, and new technology to enhance their
efficiency and profitability.