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  • Library Environmental Series: Spring Ephemerals of the World (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 20, 2017.  12:10 pm - 12:50 pm.

    Location:

    Tours begin near the shed in the garden.  In case of severe weather, join us for a virtual tour of the garden in the Main Library's Reference Instruction Room (first floor).

    Description:

    The spring ephemerals constitute some of the most eagerly awaited flowers of the year.  Join Beal Botanical Garden assistant curator Peter Carringon as we examine the beautiful earliest spring flowers that we have imported from all over the temperate world.  Some temporarily dominated the economies of Europe, but they all have interesting stories.

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Making It In Michigan Annual Conference and Trade Show (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Location:

    Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI, 48933.

    Description:

    Conference attendees will leave the conference equipped with the practical knowledge and industry resources needed to move an idea from the concept stage to a finished and marketable product. Attendees will be able to corroborate and refine business ideas, connecting with industry experts offering insights and tips on managing the common hurdles often encountered by food companies, including food safety, production, working with co-packers, marketing and supply chain issues.  

  • Making More Profit from the Parlor for Dairy Professionals (January 2018)

    Dates:

    Choose from the dates/locations listed above.  All programs run from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

    Location:

    • January 23: St. Johns (Agro-Liquid, 3055 M-21, St. Johns, MI)
    • January 24: Hillsdale (Hillsdale County MSU Extension, 20 Care Drive, Suite B, Hillsdale, MI)
    • February 13: West Olive (Ottawa County MSU Extension, 12220 Fillmore St., Suite 122, West Olive, MI)
    • February 14: Falmouth (Falmouth Community Center, 219 E Prosper Rd, Falmouth, MI)
    • February 20: Bad Axe (Franklin Inn, 1070 E. Huron Avenue, Bad Axe, MI) February 21          West Branch (Forward Conference Center, 2980 Cook Road, West Branch, MI)

    Description:

    Dairy farm owners and managers, and dairy industry professionals will learn about the latest research and strategies to improve parlor performance with employee education and animal behavior in mind. Topics include the impact of milking practices on bimodal and over milking, developing milking protocols, employee training, animal handling, parlor efficiency, holding pen design/management, mastitis identification, and milk culturing and how these impact profit.

  • Marketing Boot Camp (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 28, 2018.  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Tollgate Education and Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

    Description:

    During this day-long workshop, Dr. Bridget Behe, Michigan State University professor of horticulture, will discuss all aspects of marketing products at your retail garden center. Topics that will be discussed include how to understand your current customer base, customer behaviors while shopping, your pricing strategy, how to design effective displays, and much more. Please bring your businesses’ mission statement and the hardest item you sell (or a photo of it). Registration ($69) includes lunch, morning and afternoon snack, and handouts.

  • 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.

  • Michiana Irrigation Association Annual Meeting (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, December 15, 2017.  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Location:

    Bluegate Garden Inn, 800 S Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565

    Description:

    Topics covered include: 

    • Irrigated Land Rent and Farmland Value: Where have we been, what’s next
    • Water Use Registration and Reporting in Indiana and Michigan
    • Michigan’s Un-Registered Large Volume Water Use Initiative
    • Michigan Legislation to Streamline the Site Specific Review Process
    • Technologies are Available to Manage Irrigation
    • MIA Business Meeting and Election of Board Members
    • The Indiana LENK Group and the Michigan Cass County Pilot Project
    • Know the Pumping Impacts of Your Irrigation Well: Practical and Cost-Effective Monitoring
    • Irrigation and Its Role in Farm Profitability and Resource Use Efficiency
    • Corn and Soybean Markets 2018 and the Next Five Years

    Cost: $35.00 per person (includes lunch and MIA dues)

  • Michigan AgrAbility Program for Agricultural Workers With Disabilities

    Location:

    100 E. State Street, Suite G-100, St. Johns, MI, 48879

    Description:

    The Michigan AgrAbility Program assists agricultural workers who have physical and mental disabilities, including such disabilities as amputation, arthritis, spinal cord injury, and hearing impairments. Education and evaluation assistance are available to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities. Established in 1992 by MSU Extension's Farm Safety Program, the Michigan AgrAbility Program is now under the direction of the Easter Seals Society of Michigan, Inc. Michigan State University Extension's Farm Safety Program is a source of information on the Michigan AgrAbility Program for farmers with disabilities who wish to remain in agricultural work occupations.

  • Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, October 23, 2017.  8:30 am - 3:15 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Room C, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference provides financial officers across the state with updates on the various industries in Michigan and outlooks for the future. Hear from experts about credit cycles in agriculture, benchmarking farm financial performance, commodity and dairy outlooks, and much more. 

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

    Dates:

    See current schedule of phase 1, 2, or 3 offerings at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  This program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s three systems — Farmstead ,Cropping and Livestock — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

  • Michigan Family Farms Annual Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Saturday, February 3, 2018.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

     

    Location:

    KVCC, Texas Township Campus, 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49003

    Description:

    The MFFC is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. For the past eleven years, the conference has helped connect farmers from across the state to important resources and learn how to make their farms more sustainable and more viable. Some topics include: Food safety and post-harvest processing; relocalizing small grains to niche markets; the Farm Bill and USDA programs; rotational grazing; integrated pest management; choosing the right farmers market; workshops in Spanish; racial equity and food justice; beginning farmer initiatives; the Study-A-Farm program; and programs for youth.

  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as: fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and special interest topics for growers. The Expo also offers tours to area greenhouses and gardens.  The trade show has more than 380 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • Michigan Natural Shoreline Educator Training (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2017.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    Description:

    The objectives of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership are to: Train contractors and landscape professionals about shoreline technologies and bio-engineered erosion control; Educate property owners about natural shorelines and technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Research, demonstrate, and develop natural shoreline technologies that benefit lake ecosystems; Encourage local and state policies that promote natural shoreline management.

    In this training, participants will learn about the benefits of natural shoreline landscaping, bioengineering and erosion control on inland lakes.

  • Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

    Location:

    Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Conference (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 3 - 5, 2018

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The purpose of this conference is to present the latest findings in turfgrass management, fertility, soils, diseases, weeds, varieties, pesticides and other timely topics pertaining to the industry. The MTF and MSU are planning on delivering a very informative and rewarding education package offering CEU's from MDARD as well as the GCSAA. There will be three days of education to increase awareness, education, and interest in the Turfgrass Industry.

  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    December 12, 2017; March 13, 2018; June 12, 2018; September 11, 2018.

    Location:

    Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    Description:

    Agriculture markets are more volatile than ever. For most farms, profits are largely determined by how well you market your production. Now more than ever your farm’s future success depends on your ability to understand the  markets and use the basic marketing tools.  Fred Hinkley, retired MSU Extension Educator and Marketing Specialist will provide insight and outlook on the milk and grain markets, and suggest strategies to minimize financial risk.

  • MSU Income Tax School: Annual Federal Tax Refresher for Tax Preparers (December 2017)

    Dates:

    • December 6, 2017: Lansing, MI
    • December 15, 2017: Novi, MI

    Location:

    • December 6, 2017: Lansing Community College West, 5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI 48917
    • December 15, 2017: MSU Tollgate Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48377

    Description:

    An optional, voluntary course for unenrolled tax return preparers who wish to increase their knowledge and competency through continuing education. This seminar offers 6 hours of instruction plus a 100 question test. Passing the test, getting additional education (10 hours federal tax and 2 hours ethics in 2017 for the 2018 filing season), and signing a form about Circular 230 allows the IRS to issue a certificate of completion for the Annual Filing Season Program.

    The course opens at 8:00 a.m. Instruction begins at 8:20 a.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m. Lunch is not included. This will be followed by the test.

  • MSU Income Tax School: Fall Two-Day Federal Income Tax Sessions (November, December 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

     

    Location:

    Please see the current schedule of locations and dates at the website below.

    Description:

    Taught at the intermediate level as a live seminar with a group. Prior knowledge and experience in completing tax forms is expected/required. Two-day Seminars, 16 hours CPE/CE credit (8:25 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.), refer to the schedule below. Includes 3 hours of Federal update, 11 hours of Federal taxation and 2 hours of ethics. Materials include 2017 Federal Income Tax Workbook, 2018 CCH Master Tax Guide and 2017 Michigan Department of Treasury Tax Text.

  • 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
  • MSU Income Tax School: Final Changes Seminar (Tax School Update) (January 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 11, 2018: Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI
    • January 12, 2018: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College,18600 Haggerty Hwy, Livonia, MI

    Location:

    Lansing and Livonia, MI

    Description:

    Taught at the intermediate level as a live seminar with a group. This program will cover both state and federal information emphasizing federal changes and clarifications since the fall seminars.

    Prior knowledge and experience in completing tax forms is expected/required. It is not considered a substitute for the fall two-day programs but a supplement to it.

    Continuing education hours are offered.

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