Jennifer Berkey, MSU-Extension District Director, provided a summary of the district’s annual report with a focus on accomplishments for Benzie County residents. 

MSU-Extension had 3,459 county residents participate in their programs this year.  They receive a major portion of their funding through federal, state, and county allocations and grants. 


MSU Extension offers a broad range of research-based educational services to county residents.  Over the past year, their agents have delivered programs that empowered families and individuals to live healthier lives, supported new and local businesses, created opportunities for youth leadership development and career exploration, helped farmers with business management and mental health assistances.  Jennifer highlighted programs within the four areas of:

·         4H: Developing Youth & Communities

·         Keeping People Healthy & Ensuring Safe Food

·         Supporting Agriculture & Agribusiness

·         Fostering Strong Communities & Businesses


Additionally, this year Benzie County residents have joined Extension’s online community  where they’ve been able to take educational courses, get answers to questions on topics ranging from gardening to food safety, gain program awareness through social media, and access a library of research-based resources on their website.


The Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club looks forward to increasing our collaboration with MSU-Extension in our work and support of Benzie Central students.