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  • Soil Ecology and Management Information Resource

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

  • Southeast Michigan Vegetable Meeting (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 8, 2018.  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Location:

    Dundee Municipal Office-Council Chambers, 350 W Monroe Street Dundee, MI 48131

    Description:

    This meeting will cover the following topics: disease management; insects; cover-cropping; weeds; fertility and plant nutrition; and nematodes.  Coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided. RUP credits have been requested.

  • Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 7 - 8, 2018

    Location:

    Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022

    Description:

    Southwest Horticulture Days is a trade show, an opportunity to continue education, and a social event for horticultural crop producers in Southwest Michigan. We will have material on wine grapes, juice grapes, tree fruit, blueberries, vegetables and small direct-market farmers. Southwest Hort Days 2018 will feature educational sessions taken to the next level with experts from around the state and around the nation including a few of your fellow fruit and vegetable growers. Topics of interest will include: climate change, pollinator conservation and cover cropping. The wine grape session will feature a special discussion on techniques to improve color stability in red vinifera both in the vineyard and in the winery. New this year will be a whole session on successfully tapping into the growing direct-market opportunities for fruit and vegetable in our region.

  • Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (Benton Harbor, MI)

    Location:

    1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

    Description:

    MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center combines research projects and educational programs on fruits, vegetables, field crops, and woody ornamentals, as well as environmental quality issues. The mission of the Center is to enhance the economic viability of agriculture in the state of Michigan through the development and practical demonstration of technological advances in plant materials and cultural practices, as well as farm management. The Center keeps area producers and processors aware of solutions to the region’s agricultural problems.

  • Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) Meetings (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE DATES/LOCATIONS LISTED ABOVE.

    Time - All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.

    Location:

    • January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
    • January 18 at Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater, MI 49036
    • January 24 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr, Caro, MI  48723
    • February 6 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
    • February 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
    • February 9 at Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Description:

    The results of the 2017 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about other checkoff-funded research and soybean cyst nematodes. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.

    The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website

    Description:

    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

  • Spring Gardening Program: Creativity in Bloom (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 29, 2017.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    North end of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Spring Garden 2017 program includes discussion on: Creating Colorful Combos; Perennial Combinations; Continuous Color; and Creative Gardening.  Registration includes the four keynote presentations, coffee, lunch, parking, and materials.  All attendees will get to create and take a combination planter of spring annuals!

  • Spud Database: Potato Genomics Resource

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Spud DB is a collection of datasets and data-mining tools to view and analyze the potato genome, including tools to facilitate breeding improved cultivars.

  • Sugarbeet Seed Week Meetings 2017 (November, December 2017)

    Dates:

    November 30, December 4, December 5, and December 7, 2017.  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location:

    • November 30, 2017: Bay Shore Camp, 450 N. Miller Rd., Sebewaing, MI 48759
    • December 4, 2017: Soaring Eagle Casion & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
    • December 5, 2017: Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
    • December 7, 2017: Ubly Heights Golf & Country Club, 2400 E. Atwater Rd., Ubly, MI 48475

    Description:

    Choosing the right sugar beet seed is the foundation of profitable sugar beet production. Matching varieties to field conditions, disease problems and management will be stressed in these meetings. This is your opportunity to find out what new varieties are being brought forward and how to manage these genetics for the greatest success. The programs will include presentations from each seed company, Michigan Sugar Company Researchers and Sugarbeet Advancement.

    This program is run from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at which time lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend this program.

  • Supporting Local Food Councils: A New Professional Development Course (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 15, 2018.  12:00 pm

    Location:

    Webinar

    Description:

    Supporting Local Food Councils is a new professional development course designed to equip Extension staff and community development professionals with the education, material resources, organizational tools and videos to support the development and sustainability of food councils. Participants in this webinar will be given an overview of the course’s 15 modules and will have a chance to view a few of the course videos.

  • Sustainable Christmas Tree and Nursery Production Webinars (January - February 2018)

    Dates:

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm on Wednesdays: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018.

    Location:

    Online webinars

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will be offering five live webinars on ornamental nursery and Christmas tree production topics. This series will enable you to more effectively manage insects, diseases, nematodes on field-grown nursery crops and Christmas trees. Two pesticide recertification credits will be offered per webinar for participants from Michigan.

  • Telfarm Financial Services and Workshops

    Location:

    Telfarm Center: 414 Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824 

    The program is available statewide.

    Description:

    Telfarm is a system for maintaining financial and business records for farmers. Its goal is to provide accurate and valuable accounting statements, tax schedules, and management reports to assess the growth and development of the farm business. Services provided by Telfarm include: Technical assistance; Workshops; and Computer generated accounting statements and reports. Please see the website below for workshop offerings.

  • Thumb Ag Day (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 13, 2017. 8:30am - 3:30pm.

    Location:

    Ubly Heights Country Club, 2409 E Atwater Road, Ubly, MI, 48475

    Description:

    The Thumb Ag Day features educational programming and a chance to visit with more than 70 agribusinesses on exhibit.  

  • Thumb Ag Review Meetings (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 13, 14, 15, and 19, 2017

    Location:

    Wednesday, December 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thumb Ag Day, Ubly Heights CC 2409 Atwater Rd, Ubly, MI 48475 Thursday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. to Noon Saginaw Valley Research & Education Ctr. 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734 Friday, December 15, 7:30 a.m. to Noon Westpark Inn 440 West Sanilac Rd., Sandusky, MI 48471 Tuesday, December 19, 5 to 9 p.m. Lapeer Co. Education Technology Center 690 Lake Pleasant Rd., Attica, MI 48412

    Description:

    Thumb Ag Review presentations will include:

    • Corn Trials: Hybrid Trials; N Rate Study; Biological Seed Treatment; Corn Population
    • Soybean Trials: Variety Trials; Soybean Varieties; Soybean Cyst Nematode Study; Xtend Variety Trial; Liberty Link Variety Trial
    • Wheat Trials: Review of 2016 Season and Field Trial Results
    • Management:  Managing Low Commodity Prices for 2017

    3 RUP credits (1A, Commercial & Private Core) & CCA credits (SW .5, NM .5, IPM .5, CM 1.5) at each meeting.

  • Tollgate Education Conference Center (Novi, MI)

    Location:

    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI, 48377. (Northwest corner of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, MI.)

    Description:

    The MSUE - Tollgate Education Conference Center functions as a full service meeting facility ideal for the business and educational community. Situated on a beautiful 160 acre farm, the gardens and pastures at Tollgate provide a natural and peaceful setting for business meetings, receptions, retreats, conferences, workshops and educational classes. The Center includes the Tollgate Conference room which accommodates up to 140 people; the Activity Center, a more casual setting accommodates up to 60 people; the Americana Boardroom, an executive-style formal meeting room for 12 or less; and the Bassett Boardroom for 10 people. Tollgate’s main site feature is the historic Tollgate Barn which is available for rental for various functions offering it’s unique charm and atmosphere.

    Tollgate offers a complete range of support services to make every event a success:

    Our caterers provide an excellent variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners or outdoor barbecues to suit your budget and tastes.
    All meeting rooms have wireless internet and a complete inventory of audiovisual and communication equipment.
    Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels located within one mile of Tollgate.

    Conveniently located at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, Michigan near several major freeways: I-275, I-96 and I-696, and within an hour’s drive from Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

  • Transitioning Farmland to the Next Generation of Farmers (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 2, 2018. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

    Location:

    KVCC- Culinary Allied Health Building, 418 E Walnut St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    Description:

    Access to land for farming and conservation purposes is vitally important as more and more farmland will change hands in the coming years. Bringing together beginning and retiring farmers in a way that allows for education and networking is one way to bridge the gap to farmland preservation. The goal of this educational summit is to help landowners understand succession planning as it pertains to land protection and transfer and to assist beginning farmers in understanding how to acquire land.

    *Additional benefit of reduced price ticket for the 15th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference happening at KVCC on February 3, 2018.

  • Trevor Nichols Research Center for Fruit Industry Research (Fennville, MI)

    Location:

    6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408

    Description:

    The primary objective of the 156-acre Trevor Nichols Research Center is to find the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Research topics include studying performance attributes of reduced-risk pesticides, optimizing delivery systems for crop protection materials, monitoring and controlling invasive and emerging pests, and developing novel pest management tactics. The center also supports IR-4, a United States Department of Agriculture project that works with specialty crop growers, registrants and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to register products for use on specialty crops, including reduced-risk pesticides.

  • Turfgrass Information Center and Database

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database has over 140,000 searchable items using over 300,000 keywords, covering the full scope of the turfgrass industry. TIC organizes, summarizes, and points to the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Center collects materials on turf research, turf culture, and the management of turf facilities; develops and continually refines an online system to provide access to the collected material; and helps individuals identify and locate materials in the collection and on the Web.

  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    E3774 University Drive, P.O. Box 168, Chatham, MI 49816

    Description:

    The Upper Peninsula Research Center is the hub of beef cattle research for northern Michigan. Applied research on alternative beef cattle management practices are conducted in the unique environment of the Upper Peninsula. Low-stress weaning methods, extended grazing season options, control of infectious disease, and traceability are being studied to reduce input costs or produce greater value for beef producers. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages, corn, small grains and oilseed crops for alternative energy. The center also coordinates numerous field trials of biomass grasses, potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.

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