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  • Long-Term Ecological Research

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

    Description:

    The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988. LTER research at KBS is designed to answer the broader question of how agronomic management can better utilize biological resources in cropping systems to control pests, provide nitrogen, and build soil fertility: In short, how to make agriculture more profitable and provide environmental benefits.

    Our main research areas include agronomy, microbial ecology, plant dynamics, insect dynamics, biogeochemistry, regionalization, ecosystem services, and biofuels. Our experimental systems range from field plots to landscapes. We study the ecology of major field crop ecosystems – annual crops such as corn, soybean, and wheat, perennial crops such as alfalfa, and biofuel crops such as switchgrass and poplars. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes, such as forests and old fields.

  • 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.

  • MSU Income Tax School: Farm Tax Seminars (November, December 2016)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule in November and December 2016 at the website below.  Registration and materials pick-up begins at 8:00 am.  Instruction runs from 8:30 am - Noon.  

    Location:

    Please see current locations at the website below.

    Description:

    The half-day Farm Tax Seminars offer 4 CPE hours and are offered in several locations around the state. Farm tax issues including:

    • Bonus Depreciation
    • Repair and capitalization regulations for farms
    • Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)
    • Income Averaging
    • Conservation Reserve Program
    • Inherited property
    • Farm transfers
    • Valuation of growing crops
    • Payments to 4-H or FFA members
    • Farm depreciation
    • Recent rulings and cases affecting farms
  • Native Pollinator Workshop (September 2017)

    Dates:

    September 16, 2017.  9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Are you interested in learning about our native pollinators, and what can be done to improve habitat? Workshop participants will learn about our native bees from an expert and will use the Sanctuary’s Pollinator Garden as a classroom tool. Join us in making a new nesting structure for ground nesting pollinators out in the garden. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty! Participants will receive educational materials to take home with them.

  • 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.

  • W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Tours, Events, and Resources (Hickory Corners, MI)

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is one of North America's premier inland field stations. Located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, KBS is known for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology. KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education, and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources. KBS is a field site for ecological research not only because of its excellent facilities but also because of the exceptional diversity of field research sites that are readily accessible from the station. Much of the habitat and species diversity that characterize the upper Midwest can be found in the local area. KBS provides educational tours of the Manor House, Bird Sanctuary and Kellogg Farm, as well as many events and workshops for K-12 educators, students, and the general public.

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