- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University has received a $750,000 federal grant to help the next generation of farmers.

The East Lansing university said Monday that the grant aims to create a statewide farmer training network that focuses on farmers’ first five years. The Michigan State grant is among more than $18 million in grants announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and authorized by the farm bill signed into law last year.

As part of the grant, the MSU Student Organic Farm will expand its training program. The grant also will develop training programs for Hispanic farmers.

Sustainable agriculture professor Mike Hamm says the programs are designed to help beginning farmers “get to a level where success is more likely.”

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