June News 2021

Happy June!

Does it seem possible that we are approaching mid-2021 already? Did you see the big moon recently? Pretty spectacular!  We will be wrapping up our 20-21 program year this month and given all of the changes that Covid has thrust upon us, it will seem good to get back to a bit more normality when we gather face to face again in the fall.  This is a time to pause and give a big “shout out” to our Program Planning Team who have brought us a fine array of programs along our Zoommaster who kept the monthly action rolling.  The programs are all still available on the website for you to watch if you missed them.  Remember the website doesn’t require Zoom to view the programs ... click PAST MEETINGS.

Thank you for your rapid and high response rate to our recent board member election.  It was great to see such a good response and it was a unanimous YES.  I plan to add a summer News Update this year so watch for all the hot club news to come.  Have a great summer. 

Our Monday, June 7 meeting will begin via Zoom promptly at 7:00 pm.  We again recommend that you join the Zoom meeting about 6:55 or so to have plenty of time to complete the process.  If you don’t use Zoom, remember we are recording all of the programs and are posting them on our website ... click PAST MEETINGS. You may watch any past program on the website at your convenience without needing Zoom. 

June Program Highlights

Our June program is entitled “What Will Agriculture Be Like in 50 Years?” and will be presented by Jack Britt, Professor Emeritus, who will be Zooming to us all the way from North Carolina.  He is a futurist and scientist, and his talk will be about agriculture in the next 50 years, when over 90 per cent of the world's population growth will be in Africa and Asia, and there will be increased demand for foods produced elsewhere.  Food production will depend increasingly on natural products and increased scale of production.  Precision agriculture, increased management of microbiomes and epigenetics, and gene editing will be utilized strategically to minimize environmental impacts of food production.  Farming in the northern hemisphere will move northward, particularly into Canada and Russia. 

Jack had held faculty and administrative positions at Michigan State University, the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University. He has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.  He has been invited to speak at over 100 National and International Conferences and has worked in 22 countries.  This should be another very informative program so we hope you tune in!

From President Ken

Wow, summer is here or at least the temperatures would tell us that.  It’s an important time of the year for our club as we wind down for the summer.  June 7 is our last club Zoom webinar.  The annual board meeting is scheduled for June 2nd.  If you have issues regarding the operation of the club that you think we should address, please do contact any of our board members. 

I want to recognize the efforts of  the Scholarship Coordination Team for their work through this year.  It’s many respects it’s been tough to enhance our scholarship fund due to the pandemic and yet this team has made substantial progress.  I want to especially thank our club member for the generous contribution of the Manistee summer retreat to the scholarship auction.  I want to congratulate and thank the winning bidders on the use of the condo for a week.  Thanks to others who provided bids for this offering.  Your support of the club scholarship program is commendable.  And finally I want to recognize the Schwabs for their efforts in putting together and conducting the condo auction ... we all appreciate your efforts.  All of you who have contributed over the years are helping to grow our endowed scholarship endowment for CANR so we can achieve our current goal of $100,000.  Thank you.

According to the club history, “In the spring of 1941, a group of 24 Lansing area men, landowners and a few agricultural professors met and formed the Lansing Farmers Club”.  According to my math that means our club is exactly 80 years old this spring.  I believe clubs and associations only stay in existence if they provide useful benefits to their members.  For this club to have survived 80 years of struggle including the recent pandemic is a testament to the loyalty of members and the dedication of leaders to make this club a benefit to all.  We enjoy the company and conversation of other members, we enjoy a common meal and we enjoy the benefits of a good program on a monthly basis.  So, thanks and congratulations to members past and present who have participated. 

And speaking of club benefits, I know that many of you are interested in our future plans.  Our board will be discussing future meeting plans at the upcoming meeting. Like you, I’m hopeful we can get back together at “the ole club house” in September – a spot we’ve utilized since 1948. We will share the Board decisions with you after the meeting.  Who knows, we may even have some surprises.

I’m looking forward to you joining in our last Zoom webinar on June 7.  If you don’t make that meeting, I hope you have a safe and fun summer.