lake city overview 11.27.12

Uploaded by msuanrvideo17 on 27.11.2012

Narrator: The Lake City Research Center includes 810
acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based
livestock and potato production. BITE: Douglas Carmichael
Our main focus at Lake City is on beef cattle. And on this beef cattle what sets up apart
is we're trying to become the forage leader in grass-fed genetics. And also on grass-fed
finishing. And we want to have an alternative to the producer and the consumer as to how
they eat and how the meat is produced. We're working on right now stepping away from some
of the fertilizers and the pesticides and we're trying to look at a more healthy environment
for the animals. Narrator:
The center is a leader in seed potato production research, with more than 40,000 seedlings
grown and evaluated each year. BITE: Dave Douches
Lake City is one of the most important sites for our potato breeding and genetics program
at Michigan State University. The potato breeding in the U.S. is actually done by the land grant
Universities across the northern tiers. And so, we are the supplier of the potato varieties
that are used in the United States. Narrator:
It also supports research on ideal forage and beef production systems that are holistic,
sustainable and profitable. BITE: Jason Rowntree
Our goal is to model what beef cattle operations of the future should look like, or at least
what we think they are going to look like based on the given landscape with natural
resource utilization. The ever-increasing costs of fuel, feed, fertilizer and those
things. So what we want to do then is to try to model a system that's predicated on lower
exogenous inputs and more oriented toward's actual natural resource utilization.
Narrator: The center is focused on the mission of research-
and knowledge-based problem solving to bring about practical, common sense solutions to
agricultural sustainability. To accomplish this, researchers are able to examine issues
growers might not be able to. BITE: Douglas Carmichael
We can do things that might be something that would lose money for them potentially or if
they could gain income from it. But what happens it doesn't put their farm at risk because
with the risk all they need is one bad year sometimes before they can go out of business.
And with us being that we're funded the way we are, we can stand a year of not making
a profit. But we still strive to do well and to keep our financial books in order. But
at the same time it gives the producer something they can look at that might not be quite as
risky for their operation. Narrator:
The Lake City Research Center is also beneficial because of its location..
BITE: Douglas Carmichael One of the big benefits is we're northern
Michigan and we're kind of at the edge of where some of the rural crops start and there's
a lot of forage land north of us and the potential for beef cattle production and forage production,
as far as grazing and pasture goes is unlimited. Narrator:
Michigan State University AgBioResearch. Changing the face of science.