MSU Extension launches new website, featuring daily updates
posted on June 21, 2012 3:23pm
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Whether you’re a grower wondering what Mother Nature will deliver, a parent wondering what types of youth programs are available in your area, or an employee planning for retirement, a Michigan State University Extension educator can help.
That’s not new, though. What is new is the way this information is being delivered via MSU Extension’s new website.
“We’re very excited about the vast extent of content available for Michigan residents through our new website,” said MSUE Director Tom Coon.
The website, which debuted to a limited audience in April, features daily updates from MSU Extension educators from around the state whose expertise ranges from production agriculture to family relationships and just about everything in between.
“The website really stemmed out of our desire to reach more people in ways that can truly have an impact on their lives,” 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 direct, 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 website, 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,” Coon said.