2013-02-28 / Outdoors

U.P. research facility receives new name

EAST LANSING – Michigan State University AgBioResearch, in conjunction with MSU Extension, will continue operation of its Upper Peninsula Research Center in Chatham, Mich., under a new name: Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center.

The name change, which is effective immediately, acknowledges the significant contributions made by MSU Extension to the facility’s operations.

Research and Extension activities at the facility will focus on livestock, plant and local food systems. The center, located on a 1,262-acre site, will emphasize collaboration and integration across the three key programmatic systems.

“These changes are a real opportunity to make the facility in Chatham more of a focal point for Extension educational programming in the Upper Peninsula,” said Stephen B. Lovejoy, MSU Extension associate director of programs.

Three MSU faculty members have agreed to serve as faculty coordinators:

Jason Rowntree, Department of Animal Science (livestock systems).

Kim Cassida, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (plant systems).

Matt Raven, Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (food systems).

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