FRIDAY, April 22 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.
Infant mortality rates increase for some groups, locations: Although infant mortality rates have decreased, they’re rising for member of some ethnic groups and in some locations. The Allegan County Health Department says it’s hard to collect infant mortality data since its hospital obstetrics unit closed. Among other counties without units are Cheboygan, Lake, Leelanau, Gladwin, Benzie, Mackinac and Montmorency. We also hear from the Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan League for Public Policy.
DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring: DNR wants to double the number of areas monitored for chronic wasting disease, adding six townships in Eaton and Clinton counties. The concern is over the disease’s long-term impact on the state’s deer population. Other positive samples have been found in Ingham County and elsewhere in Clinton County. We talk to DNR, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Analysis offers free export opportunities: Michigan growers and processors of agricultural products can gain access to market research without paying thousands of dollars, thanks to a new, free export opportunity analysis. It’s a valuable tool for growers and processors of a variety of products including apples, wine, potatoes, dry beans, tart cherries, dairy products, blueberries and breakfast bars. China is a prime opportunity location. We hear from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Cherry Marketing Institute.
Role of inland fisheries often underreported, undervalued, study says: Inland fisheries and aquaculture account for more than 40 percent of the world’s reported fish production but their harvest is frequently under-reported and ignored, including in the Great Lakes region, a new study says. And the condition of inland fish in aquatic ecosystems makes them “aquatic canaries in the coal mine” concerning ecosystem change, including threats from agriculture, hydropower projects and deforestation, as well as overfishing and invasive species. We hear from researchers at MSU, the U.S. Geological Survey and Carleton University in Ottawa.