Michigan State University - Ionia County
50 East Sprague Road
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Greening Michigan Institute
Senior Extension Educator Brenda Long served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Ionia County from 2002 until the MSU Extension restructuring in 2010, when Long’s responsibilities expanded to seven mid-Michigan counties. Long has been responsible for planning, promoting, conducting and evaluating education in nutrition and health, chronic disease prevention and management, food safety and preservation. She is now focused on financial capacity, home buyer, foreclosure prevention and health insurance education. As current co-chair of the Financial and Homeownership workteam, Long has been instrumental in developing and/or training for regional and statewide programs that enhance county programs. She currently supervises three Program Instructors in three districts. She has also been the Principal Investigator for several federal grants.
January 22, 2018 | Identity theft is a fast growing crime in the United States. For fraud to occur, the three factors needed are opportunity, incentives and rationalization.
January 8, 2018 | January 13 is Make Your Dream Come True Day. Give yourself your best shot at success for financial hopes and dreams. Set doable and meaningful goals, and plan to save.
September 25, 2017 | Consider the pros and cons of working and not working when about to retire. Also have a fallback strategy ready if you realize you need to go back to work.
August 24, 2017 | It is vital to strategically plan for the realities of health costs in retirement.
August 24, 2017 | Your credit score might go up due to new credit report standards that went into effect July 1.
August 23, 2017 | Plan ahead to make smart choices.
July 31, 2017 | How to verify and identify the debt as yours. Plus other important tips.
June 27, 2017 | Tools and resources to help homeowners and renters make financial decisions.
March 21, 2017 | Add mortgage insurance to costs if your down payment is below 20 percent when buying a home.
March 7, 2017 | Break the underearning cycle and increase your income.