COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Agriculture is getting the spotlight in mid-February during a wicked winter in Branch County. Today, the Director of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will be speaking in Coldwater and that’s in advance of next Monday’s 47th annual Farmer’s Day at the Branch Area Careers Center. M-DARD Director Jamie Clover Adams is the featured speaker this afternoon during a presentation and luncheon at the Careers Center sponsored by the Branch County Economic Growth Alliance. The event will also include a demonstration by Careers Center agricultural science program manager Bill Earl. Farmers Day runs from 10:30 am to 4 pm Monday at the Careers Center and is sponsored by the Branch County Agribusiness Council. All proceeds from the $2.00 Noon luncheon go to the Agri-Business Scholarship Fund.
Also on the ag-front, 97% of those attending Monday’s Michigan Farm Bureau legislative luncheon said Michigan should create flexibility within the Michigan Merit Curriculum to recognize career and technical programs. The MIRS News group said only 3 percent at the event attended by Governor Snyder said Michigan advanced technician training programs shouldn't be factored into what high school students are expected to learn.
Legislative leaders continue to look for ways to loosen up the merit curriculum to allow high school students to take classes that teach Algebra 2 concepts dealing with a particular industry as opposed to a straight Algebra 2 class. Snyder told reporters after his speech in front of the luncheon that he doesn't want to see the bar come down on the MMC, but he would like to see some flexibility in how Algebra 2, for example, is taught. If students are shown how Algebra 2 concepts can be useful in real life industry situations, it could click to young adults that "this is something real and tangible. This is important to learn." Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood said what his group is pushing in regards to the MMC is not about manual work, but technical work.