Established 1971 (relocated in 2009)
Most of the dry bean and sugar beet production in Michigan is located in the Thumb and Saginaw Valley areas. Michigan is the No. 1 producer of black beans, the No. 2 producer of all dry beans and the No. 4 producer of sugar beets in the country. Research at the center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in sugar beet and dry bean production, offering growers the latest information on crop management and tillage techniques, new variety trials, and pest and weed control with minimal environmental impact. In addition to dry bean and sugar beet research, studies at the 310-acre site explore other important rotational crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.
More than $1 million in contributions from agriculture industry groups and Michigan businesses are helping Michigan State University broaden its impact in the greater Saginaw Valley community. The donations will be used to build a new 11,000-square-foot educational facility on the property at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.
Michigan State University AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its research facilities across Michigan this summer. The organization’s annual field days, conducted June through September, will highlight some of the current research projects benefiting the Michigan agriculture industry.
Seventeen Michigan State University researchers and Extension outreach and education specialists have received more than $600,000 in funding from the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture.
MSU fisheries and wildlife professor Michael Jones has been named assistant director of natural resources programs for MSU AgBioResearch. This is a new part-time position within the organization.
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