Number of Programs: 5
December 5 - 7, 2017
DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.
The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over 75 educational sessions and workshops are offered on such topics as organic production, integrated pest management, and water use issues. Past activities have included a banquet, a reception, a pageant, a showcase, and a full-day bakery workshop. All three days will include educational programming that can be used for education credits and certification.
Various dates in March and April 2017. Please see the website below.
- Hart - March 16, 2017 - Hart United Methodist Church, 3808 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
- Kent - April 3, 2017 - Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Traverse City - April 4, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
- Marquette - April 6, 2017 - Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855
Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-authorized Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. The following required modules will be offered:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
Landscape and Lawn Management Dual Enrollment Certificate and Associate Degree Program (Grand Rapids)
The program uses multiple course delivery methods. MSU offers two to three courses each fall and spring semester in the evening at locations in Grand Rapids. All classes are taught on-site by MSU faculty or highly qualified industry leaders. Other MSU courses will be taught via distance learning, an interactive television system that connects students and classmates to the best instructors possible.
The Landscape and Lawn Management Certificate combines horticulture courses with business courses and an industry related internship to fulfill the program. The combination of courses is delivered by the Institute of Agricultural Technology and Grand Rapids Community College which together fulfill the Certificate requirements. Students in the program are also able to earn an Associate’s Degree from GRCC by taking only a few more classes.
This Certificate leads to employment in landscaping, turfgrass, and plant nursery industries. The required professional internship gives students direct applied experience in preparation of job placement or enhancing current skills.
240D Plant & Soil Science Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The Landscape and Nursery Certificate Program offers specialized training in landscape and nursery that combines the theories and principles of classroom instruction with the practical experience gained through a professional internship within the industry. The curriculum combines the foundations of plant growth and development, the related sciences influencing plant growth such as soils, entomology and pathology, with the mechanical aspects of production systems and equipment operations. Graduates of this program use their knowledge of plant growth and development, plant identification, pruning, fertilization, integrated pest management, and problem solving to maximize the beauty of outdoor spaces. The program consists of two 15-week semesters and one 10-week semester and an internship experience, for a total of 48 credits. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate and is prepared for entry into nursery production, landscape design/construction, landscape maintenance and garden center operations.
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.
Please see current locations at the website below.
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