Michigan State University plans a center in Detroit for studying and developing urban food systems.
The East Lansing school says the MSU/Detroit Center for Urban Food Systems will help with food and non-food plant production.
University President Lou Anna K. Simon says the center "reflects Michigan State's commitment to the people of Detroit and drive to bring our pioneering work in food systems into the urban environment."
A site is under consideration and the location will be announced once land use review and community outreach are completed. Michigan State has earmarked $300,000 to launch the project and says it anticipates support from state and federal sources.
The university says the effort draws on experience from the school's 13 rural AgBioResearch field stations and MSU Extension work statewide.