Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

Problems with Monarch butterflies, honeybees and other pollinating insects are the theme of three events the Michigan State University Extension is holding this month.

The Extension has scheduled “Pollinator Health Meetings” for March 5 in Traverse City, March 7 in West Olive and March 11 in Frankenmuth. Topics include honeybee management, habitat building, reducing harmful pesticide use and the need to learn more about Michigan’s wild bees.

Solar Panels at Western Michigan University - file photo by WMUK

Cooper Township has approved new zoning rules for solar farms and regular farms. 

State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A Michigan department needs to do more to follow its own regulations on bottled water inspection. That was the message of an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the Auditor General. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder and state environmental officials have declared western Lake Erie is an “impaired” waterway that needs to be cleaned up. 

Michigan Cider Maker Using Pigs To Combat Apple Pests

Oct 5, 2016
An Old Spot pig at the Virtue Cider farm in Fennville
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

A Southwest Michigan cider maker will use pigs to help combat pests in its orchard. Virtue Cider in Fennville bought 18 Glouchestershire Old Spot pigs - also called “orchard pigs.” They’re known for eating bug-ridden apples that fall on the ground.