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State plans trade mission; hopes to boost exports to China

Arnhem Market Sep 20 2013 (23)Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.


Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.

Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.

“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”

Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf

Native American health bill removing IRS oversight passes US House

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A bill removing a waiting period for Native Americans to add to their health savings accounts has passed through the US House.

Right now, Native Americans must wait three months after receiving care at an Indian health clinic before contributing to a health savings account. Continue reading

Michigan DNR’s longest serving veterinarian retires

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert. Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Tom Cooley, Steve Schmitt, Al Stewert.
Steve in hydrating newly arrived turkeys from Ontario that were part of a trade for moose at Rose Lake. January 1991

Steve Schmitt was hired as the wildlife veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1978.
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State libraries encourage all ages to read

IMG_1479It seems summer reading programs aren’t just for kids anymore.

Michigan public libraries are launching summer reading programs that encourages kids,teens even and adults to pick up a book and read.

Bill Disessa is the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education.

He says it’s important for parents to set an example by reading. Kids reading skills can get rusty over the summer and cause a slowdown in the fall.

“Often times their teachers have to spend time that they had planned to spend moving forward .But unfortunately due to some sort of back sliding over the summer, they spend some instructions time at the beginning of the new school year going over old plans and old lessons that they should’ve just left the previous year.”

Disessa said the State theme for this summer’s reading programs is wellness,fitness and sports.

The program is also focusing on science,technology,engineering and math or STEM activities.

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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