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Center for Regional Food Systems


Food & Health



  • Food Preservation

    The online Home Food Preservation course will help home food preservers avoid dangerous, life-threatening contamination of foods. Individuals will feel confident in processing their produce and feeding their families safe, healthy foods. Home food preservation stimulates the local economy by encouraging locally grown and purchased foods and for individuals and families to grow their own gardens.

  • My Way to Wellness

    Are you interested in taking an online nutrition course that fits into your schedule? My Way to Wellness is a new online nutrition program for low-income residents of Michigan offered by MSU Extension. It is self-paced, so you can take it any time that works for you, from anywhere. The course reviews healthy food choices, physical activity, goal setting, food safety, food labels and more. The course has interactive activities and quizzes to aid in learning.

  • Jun 17

    CANCELED: Youth Reflect and Connect Sessions

    June 17, 2020 – June 23, 2020 EST Online via Zoom

    Youth Reflect and Connect Sessions

  • Plant Health. Healthier Planet.

    Published on July 1, 2020
    This series of Futures articles supports the United Nation's 2020 Year of Plant Health. From combating food insecurity to fighting disease and invasive pests, we highlight our research and its impact on plant health here.

  • When Healthy Food is Out of Reach: A Food Access Survey in Northwest Lower Michigan

    Published on June 28, 2019
    A food access survey of Benzie and Antrim counties reveals ways that the food system can better serve community residents.

  • Striving to Meet Food Needs: Food Access Survey of Oscoda County, MI

    Published on June 14, 2019
    What are the barriers to food access in rural northeast lower Michigan?

  • MSU Extension SNAP Outreach for Veterans Brochure

    Published on February 2, 2021
    Learn about MSU Extension’s Veteran Outreach Programs: SNAP Outreach for Veterans and Heroes to Hives, and the Michigan Fresh project, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)

  • How veterans can access SNAP benefits

    Published on August 25, 2020
    Learn how MSU Extension can help military veterans access the services and resources they deserve.

  • Managing disease for better growth, storage and processing of sugar beets and potatoes

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Jaime Willbur, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, analyzes the impact of pathogens to prolong the health of key Michigan crops.

  • Monitoring and managing cucumber downy mildew

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Mary Hausbeck, University Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist in the Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, develops biosurveillance tools to combat an aggressive cucumber pathogen.

  • Giving back to growers

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Linda Hanson earned her master’s at Michigan State University. Now, she’s helping the growers who helped her as a student.

  • Michigan State University blueberry breeder awarded USDA grant to improve blueberry and cranberry fruit quality

    Published on May 11, 2020
    Patrick Edger, assistant professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, was awarded a four-year, $1.13 million grant to discover genes associated with superior fruit quality traits in blueberries and cranberries.

  • Investigating insect impacts on berry crops

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Rufus Isaacs, professor in the Michigan State University Department of Entomology, protects Michigan berry crops from invasive pests and examines crop pollination.

  • Detecting emerging pesticide resistance in grapes

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Timothy Miles, assistant professor and Extension specialist in Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, researches the most effective management strategies for grape diseases.

  • Survey Explores Healthy Food Access in Six Michigan Communities

    Published on May 22, 2018
    Six Michigan communities have learned more about their residents’ access to healthy food using a new shared measurement survey.

  • Healthy soil for healthy potatoes

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Noah Rosenzweig, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences works to reduce disease and enhance soil health for sustainable potato production.

  • Combating corn tar spot

    Published on July 1, 2020
    MSU field crops pathologist Martin Chilvers examines management strategies, impacts for emerging plant disease