MDARD Director: NAFTA ‘Absolutely Vital’ for Michigan Agriculture

October 23, 2017

LANSING – Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada [last] week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture, and call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered this week in Denver, Colorado, for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

“Trade with Canada and Mexico is absolutely vital for agriculture in Michigan,” said Clover Adams. “As our federal governments continue to negotiate a modernized NAFTA, it is imperative that the gains agriculture has made under NAFTA are preserved and that we ‘do no harm’ so that agricultural trade with our North American neighbors can continue to grow and prosper.”

Speaking in a united voice on behalf of agriculture across North America, U.S., Canadian, and Mexican agriculture officials released the following joint statement on the importance of NAFTA for agriculture and food processing:

The Ministers, Secretaries, Commissioners, and Directors of the State and Provincial departments of agriculture from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. emphasize the vital importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the agriculture and food processing industries across the continent. Since NAFTA came into effect, these industries have become increasingly integrated, helping North America become a competitive force internationally. The ability to coordinate, collaborate, and create agriculture and food products together has made North America a successful economic region that is well positioned to continue providing the world with high-quality and safe food. Delegates discussed the importance of NAFTA and the usefulness of state and provincial attendance at negotiating rounds to directly engage federal negotiators on agri-food discussions.

As negotiations proceed, we encourage our respective federal governments to:

Swiftly modernize NAFTA in a way that does not harm North America’s agriculture and food processing industries so that these industries can have the certainty to invest for the long term and continue to work together and prosper.
Enhance and formalize mechanisms for States and Provinces to consult with the federal Consultative Committees on Agriculture (CCA) and to serve as official advisors to their relevant committees. Input from state and provincial representatives will help ensure a comprehensive understanding of issues under consideration and their impacts. In addition, we encourage the formalization of the CCAs into NAFTA.
Build upon and enhance the work of the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), U.S.-Mexico High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC), and trilateral regulatory cooperation bodies to improve regional cooperation, regulatory harmonization, and trade facilitation. Further, we support coordination across governments to ensure a coherent regulatory approach that reduces duplicative requirements and is science-based, transparent, and impartial.
Modernize the agreement’s Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) provisions to ensure effective and timely communication, cooperation, science-based decision making, and transparency.
Maintain robust, rapid and legally binding dispute resolution mechanisms in NAFTA that are fair and impartial. This includes preserving and strengthening the mechanisms in Chapter 19.

Calendar – Holidays – Haunted Theater at NMU – Oct. 26-28

October 23, 2017

Marquette – The Forest Roberts Theatre stage will be transformed into a fun and spooky on haunted house from Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. each evening. The Forest Roberts Theatre is on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

This is a fund raiser for the First Nighters Club Scholarship Fund that supports students studying in the Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets are $5 for children/NMU students, $10 for adults, and $15 for a limited number of fast passes. Fast pass holders can avoid the regular line.

Parental supervision is required for kids ages seven and under. Tickets are available at the door only. Presale fast pass tickets will be available at NMU EZ Tickets outlets. For more information on the event, contact the Forest Roberts Theatre Box Office at 227-2082 or via email at

Calendar – Education – Seminar on Lampricides at NMU – Oct. 26

October 23, 2017

Marquette – The Northern Michigan Biology Department will host a seminar addressing the impacts of the most common lampricide on sturgeon on Thursday, October 26 at 11 a.m. in 2701 West Science on the NMU campus.

Matthew J Symbal will present a seminar titled “Long Term Effects of Sub-Lethal Lampricide, 3-Trifluoromethyl-4-Nitrophenol (TFM), Exposure on the Metabolic Physiology of Juvinile Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens).” Lampricides are the primary weapon in the control of sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes, but relatively little is known about their effects on non-targeted species.

The public is invited. For more information, contact the NMU Biology Department at 227-2310 or

Superior Hills Elementary Agenda Monday, October 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

October 23, 2017

Mission Statement
With an exemplary staff and rigorous curriculum, our mission is to maximize the academic potential of every child.
(Adopted 1/28/2013)
Marquette Area Public Schools
1201 W. Fair Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 225-4200 –
Regular Meeting
Monday, October 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Superior Hills Elementary
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call
4. Approve Agenda
5. Comments from the Public (Agenda Items Only) (Please refer to Board Policy 0167.3 – Public Participation at
Board Meetings – Attendees must register their intention to participate in the public portion of the meeting upon
their arrival at the meeting).
6. Superintendent’s Report
A. Superior Hills Update
B. Special Education Update
C. Barb Crill Naming Presentation
D. M-Step Data
E. Other
7. Approve Consent Agenda:
A. Minutes of October 9, 2017 Regular Board Meeting
B. Personnel Report dated October 23, 2017
C. Financials for September 2017
1. September 2017 Receipts and Disbursements
2. September 2017 Financial Reports
8. Board Committee Reports:
A. Appropriations Committee Meeting of October 18, 2017
B. Student School Board Representatives Report
C. Other
9. New Business
A. Consider Acceptance of Bid from Interkal LLC for the Bothwell Middle School Bleachers Bid Award
10. Gifts and Bequests
11. Comments from the Public (General)
12. Board Members’ Comments
13. Board President’s Comments
14. Announcements and Other Meetings:
November 7 Executive Committee (if necessary) Central Office 11:30 am
November 13 Board Meeting Regular MSHS Library 5:30 pm
15. Recess to Closed Session to Discuss Attorney Client Privileged Communication
16. Reconvene to Open Session
17. Adjourn

Agenda (Amended) Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting October 23rd

October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Ishpeming City Hall, 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849
City Hall Telephone Number: 906-486-1091

Meeting Called to Order

Roll Call

Agenda Comment


1. Second reading of Amendment to Ordinance #11-500 Creating a Housing Commission

2. Purchase of Radiant Tube Heater for DPW Garage

3. Sale of 429 New York Street to County Land Bank Authority

4. 2018 Budget Workshop


Mark Slown
City Manager

Media Advisory: NMU Board Schedules Special Meeting October 23rd

October 23, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – A special meeting of the NMU Board of Trustees has been scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in 602 Cohodas. Trustees may participate via teleconference. The sole agenda item is voting on whether to approve a Michigan Economic Development Corporation/NMU Educational Access Network agreement.

Calendar – Education – Explore Tech: Joint Replacement with Dr. Tim Nueschwander – Oct. 26

October 23, 2017

Marquette – Explore Tech: Joint Replacement with Dr. Tim Nueschwander will be offered on Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Dr. Tim Nueschwander from Advanced Orthopedics will be presenting on joint replacements using models, videos and pictuers. The program is intended for adults, but youth with an interest in the topic are welcome. The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit, or find Peter White Public Library on Facebook.

Calendar – Theater – 10th Annual Classic Silent Film with Grand Piano Accompaniment – Oct. 26

October 23, 2017

Northern Michigan University’s French Program is presenting its 10th annual Classic Silent Film with Grand Piano Accompaniment featuring “La Chute de la Maison Usher”, a 1928 French horror film, on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in the Brule and Cadillac rooms of the University Center at NMU.

Robert Buchkoe will play the piano. The film is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic short story The Fall of the House of Usher. It is directed by Jean Epstein. In it, Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline.

A reception with refreshments will follow the film screening. NMU’s French Club is sponsoring the event. Admission is free.

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