biology http://michiganradio.org en Senate bill seeks to restrict Michigan DNR's ability to manage lands for biodiversity http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-bill-seeks-restrict-michigan-dnrs-ability-manage-lands-biodiversity <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_57365---,00.html">authority to set aside land</a> to make sure biodiversity is preserved. Basically, that means the DNR can designate an area to protect the variety of plants and animals that live in that place.</p><p>But new legislation seeks to greatly limit that authority.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28uhp1deul1did3345wt2d1qjs%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&amp;objectname=2012-SB-1276">Senate bill 1276</a> would prohibit the DNR from setting aside an area of land specifically for the purpose of maintaining biological diversity.&nbsp; The DNR could not make or enforce a rule to do that.</p><p>Senator Tom Casperson is one of the bill’s sponsors. He says the DNR has too much power to set aside land for the purpose of conservation.</p><p>"They need to have authority but when it comes to the direction where we’re going as a state with our public lands, I think there needs to be some checks and balances."</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9258 at http://michiganradio.org Senate bill seeks to restrict Michigan DNR's ability to manage lands for biodiversity Vilsack and Stabenow urge investment in "bio-economy," Farm Bill http://michiganradio.org/post/vilsack-and-stabenow-urge-investment-bio-economy-farm-bill <p>US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Ford headquarters in Dearborn Monday.</p><p>He was there, along with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and members of the United Soybean Board, to visit a Ford research lab and make a broader push for more &ldquo;bio-based&rdquo; products.</p><p>Vilsack says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;unlimited capacity and opportunity&rdquo; in the bio-based economy.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 22:23:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8566 at http://michiganradio.org Vilsack and Stabenow urge investment in "bio-economy," Farm Bill Michigan bills would extend biological dads' rights http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bills-would-extend-biological-dads-rights <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%285cgx53rhgohhxg45jtfd15ft%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=Home">The Michigan Legislature</a> has approved bills that would give biological fathers some rights to their children, even if the mothers were married to other men at the time of birth.<br /><br />Michigan law now presumes that a woman&#39;s husband is the father of her children, making him responsible for their support and denying parental rights to the biological father.<br /> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 7827 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan bills would extend biological dads' rights Senator Stabenow wants to expand tax break for bio-manufacturers http://michiganradio.org/post/senator-stabenow-wants-expand-tax-break-bio-manufacturers <p>U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is hoping to provide a 30-percent federal tax cut to companies expanding in bio-based manufacturing.</p><p>Congress approved the tax cut for advanced manufacturers in 2009. Stabenow wants to renew that tax break and expand it for companies developing bio-based products. Bio-manufacturing covers dozens of products. The idea is to use crops like soybeans and corn to create prescriptions drugs, plastics, and soaps instead of refined crude oil.</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:01:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4679 at http://michiganradio.org Senator Stabenow wants to expand tax break for bio-manufacturers Microbes in the Gulf have evolved to deal with oil spills http://michiganradio.org/post/microbes-gulf-have-evolved-deal-oil-spills <p>There's been a lot of talk recently about how quickly microbes in the Gulf have been gobbling up the spill oil.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-fast-microbes-consume-gulf-oil-spill"><strong><em>Scientific American</em> has a report</strong></a> on what researchers know about the microbes in the Gulf. Reporter David Biello reports &quot;the microbes of the deep Gulf of Mexico were ready to handle an oil spill.&quot;</p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:15:24 +0000 Mark Brush 31 at http://michiganradio.org Microbes in the Gulf have evolved to deal with oil spills