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  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Traverse City, Michigan, the home of NMC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from NMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.

    The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Traverse City, Michigan, the home of NMC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from NMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.

    The 48-credit Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

    Location:

    Applicants attend classes in their county.

    Description:

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by MSU Extension. It provides home gardening information to Michigan citizens through a network of trained volunteers. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites. Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide volunteer leadership and service to their community through a variety of gardening-related activities. The program objectives are to provide instruction in basic horticultural science to motivated active gardeners and to provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.

  • Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI, 49684

    Description:

    This 100-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan. Founded through the efforts of the northwestern Michigan area fruit industry, the center is the premier research site for integrated pest management, horticultural production and handling, value-added processing, marketing and farm financial management practices for wine grapes, apples, plums, sweet and tart cherries, and hops. In addition to creating and expanding knowledge through leading-edge research on cherries and other fruits, the center disseminates state-of-the-art information to the Michigan fruit industry and the public.

  • Pesticide Credit Clinics (October 2017)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Wojo’s Greenhouses, Ortonville
    • Date TBA: Steensma’s Equipment, Kalamazoo
    • Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 and Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Grand Traverse Conservation District, Traverse City
    • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Matthei Botanic Gardens, Ann Arbor
    • Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health Building, Lansing

     

    Location:

    See dates and locations below.

    Description:

    All-day programs - 8 MDARD Applicator Credits - Core (Comm. or Priv.) 2, 3A, 3B, 5 or 6.  8 credits needed to recertify an applicator’s Commercial Core and 8 credits for each category certified.  16 credits are needed to recertify a Private Applicator’s certification.  Updates on pesticide issues from MSU PSEP and MDARD. Hands-on weed, insect and disease pest identification workshops and games for prizes. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are included with registration.

  • Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 9 - 11, 2017

    Location:

    Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Second National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place October 9-11, 2017 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with plants and pollinators in urban landscapes.

  • Viticulture Certificate Program (Dowagiac and Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College) 

    Description:

    Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.

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