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Detroit, Michigan State embark on urban ag program

July 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Michigan State University is working with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office on plans for an urban agriculture facility that could lead to new companies and jobs.

Bing said Wednesday (June 27) in a release that the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster at Detroit could help "redefine metropolitan food and agriculture for the 21st century."

A large working farm could be part of the program. Empty buildings also may be turned into multi-level farms.

The East Lansing-based school is providing a three-year, $1.5 million commitment and faculty for the project.

Backers say it's expected to develop the city as a world center for urban food systems technology.

The project will use vacant property and land in Detroit, and backers will solicit money to build the facility.

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