NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories, Inc., Houston, to support NASA’s flight programs and mission projects, providing support for multiple sustained project management, research and technology development capabilities that encompass all phases of mission and project lifecycles at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
Read more here: NASA Selects Contract for Mission Support Services at Ames
A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Michael Brenton, of Haslett, to the Grape and Wine Industry Council.
The 12-member council is housed in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It was recreated by Executive Order 2014-6 to update appointment terms. The council provides research on grapes and wine and offers marketing programs for Michigan’s wine industry.
“Michael has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the grape and wine industry and I look forward to his contributions to the council,” Snyder said.
Brenton will serve a two-year term expiring Feb. 1, 2016. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Says Michigan Setting National Example of Success in Feeding Healthy Meals to Children
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that school administrators, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders must work together to address challenges in providing healthy meals to children in schools, and pointed to Michigan schools as an example where collaboration is making a difference. Stabenow invited Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition, to testify before her Committee as part of a larger effort to update child nutrition laws.
Chairwoman Stabenow said recent studies are showing that healthier, improved meal options are being well received by school children in Michigan and across the country, and efforts like farm-to-school gardens are teaching kids the importance of where their food comes from.
‘I have had the opportunity to visit many schools in Michigan and I have been impressed to see elementary school students enjoying broccoli and pineapple from salad bars, and students learning about where their food comes from through farm-to-school efforts,’ Stabenow said.
‘We must continue working together to address challenges in providing healthy meals in schools; reversing course is not an option because the health of our children is directly linked to the health of our economy, security, and long-term sustainability not just in Michigan, but across the country.’
Under Betti Wiggins’ leadership, Detroit Public Schools are working together with food distributors, farmers and other community leaders, and they are succeeding in meeting the challenges of serving high quality meals to approximately 50,000 school children every day.
‘Both our breakfast and lunch menus include a healthy array of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, 100 percent fruit juices and low‐fat milk,’ Wiggins said. ‘We also offer free healthy suppers for numerous at‐risk students through our after‐school programs.’
‘I am extremely proud of what Betti and her team are doing in Detroit,’ added Stabenow. ‘Their work demonstrates how we can help our schools rise to the challenge of feeding our nation’s children.’
Today’s hearing is part of an ongoing effort to update and improve child nutrition laws, which were last updated in 2010′s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for Secord Township Fire and Rescue to improve operations and safety. This $142,833 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Senator Stabenow said, ‘Today’s announcement is great news for the Secord Township Fire and Rescue and families in Gladwin County. Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely.’
Senator Levin said, ‘Every day, communities depend on their local fire department to respond to fires and other emergencies. This grant will support Secord Township Fire and Rescue in their difficult and dangerous work.’
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.