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Farmer to address need for innovation and technology

BURTON — How farmers are using innovation and technology to grow healthier food while using fewer resources takes center stage on Oct. 25, at the regularly scheduled Burton Rotary Club meeting.

Mary Kelpinski of the Michigan Pork Producers Association will address the group at 12:15 p.m. at the IMA Brookwood Golf Club, 6045 Davison Rd., Burton.

Titled “Farming and Food” the speech by Kelpinski will highlight how ongoing improvements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food more efficiently while using fewer natural resources than ever before.

One American farmer now feeds six times as many people as he or she did 50 years ago.

Kelpinski is one of 68,000 U.S. pork producers in the United States. Michigan pork production contributes more than $343 million to the state’s economy and supports 5,300 jobs.— G.G.

Security Credit Union hosts “Support Our Troops”drive

FLINT — Security Credit Union (SCU) has partnered with Operation Care Package of Michigan to host a “Support Our Troops” collection drive and send care packages to United States soldiers overseas. Donations are being collected at Security Credit Union’s 10 locations now through Oct. 22.

Operation Care Package of Michigan is a nonprofit group dedicated to sending support to deployed military service men and women. Items collected during SCU’s “Support Our Troops” drive will be packaged and shipped to the troops during the holiday season.

Suggested items include:

• Personal toiletries (no travel size please): shampoo, soap, lip balm, dental floss, deodorant, lotion, eye drops and disposable razors.

• Non-perishable food items: beef jerky, chips, crackers, dry cereal, protein bars, instant oatmeal, microwave popcorn, pudding cups and hard candies.

• Clothing: underwear, socks (white), bandanas, slippers and shower shoes.

• Recreation materials: board games, batteries, puzzles books, CDs and DVDs, video games, athletic equipment, sewing kits and stationery

For a complete list of suggested as well as prohibited items for donation, visit

For more information, visit, or call 810-235-2322 or toll-free at 800-373-2333. — G.G.

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