rural development http://michiganradio.org en Help wanted: Michigan agriculture can't fill jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/help-wanted-michigan-agriculture-cant-fill-jobs <p></p><p>It seems like agriculture in Michigan just can't catch a break. First the drought, now a growing labor shortage.</p><p>The industry is desperately seeking highly skilled workers with 4 year degrees. Think supply chain managers or grain market analysts.&nbsp;But these days, not enough college students are going into agriculture.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:03:51 +0000 Kate Wells 8738 at http://michiganradio.org Help wanted: Michigan agriculture can't fill jobs New law encourages better Internet access in rural Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-encourages-better-internet-access-rural-michigan <p>Gov. Snyder signed legislation aimed at improving Internet access in Michigan&#39;s rural areas.</p><p>According to Snyder&#39;s office, the new law will allow easier access for telecommunications companies to install Internet infrastructure.</p><p>More from Gov. Snyder&#39;s office:</p><blockquote><p>Senate Bill 499, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, will allow easier access for telecommunications companies to install facilities along state-controlled rail-trails &ndash; former railway lines converted to walking and bicycling paths. Companies will pay not more than $500 in application fees to the Department of Natural Resources, plus a one-time fee of 5 cents per linear foot used. Revenues will go into the Michigan Trailways Fund or the Natural Resources Trust Fund.</p><p>&ldquo;Keeping costs low will encourage more companies to expand wireless Internet access to Michigan&rsquo;s rural areas, essential to continuing our economic reinvention,&rdquo; Snyder said.</p><p>The bill now is Public Act 138 of 2012.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:39:50 +0000 Mark Brush 7578 at http://michiganradio.org New law encourages better Internet access in rural Michigan