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  • MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals

    Location:

    Green Meadow Farms, 6400 Hollister Rd, Elsie, MI, 48831.

    Description:

    The MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals provides specialized training, facilities, and demonstration materials for veterinary students, veterinarians, and other professionals working in the dairy industry, as well as an infrastructure for clinical research in the health management of dairy cows. The Center, located at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan, makes use of the Farm's large dairy herd, modern facilities, and progressive management techniques, as well as the College's faculty and facilities to provide a cutting-edge, mutidisciplinary approach to dairy management.

  • MSU Turf School (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 11 - 14, 2017.

     

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The MSU Turf School is an intensive, four-day course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be “team taught” by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use, and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school is dedicated to weed, insect, and disease identification and management. The pest management section is delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized.

  • Organic Farmer Training Program (March - November 2017)

    Dates:

    2017 Program Dates: March 3rd through November 17th

    Location:

    Farm location: Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Rd., Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This intensive program provides hands-on experience in managing and working on our 4-season farm, combined with lectures, readings and workshops and is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the principles, practices, management, business planning and hard skills needed to operate an organic farm.

  • Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 11, 12, 15, 19, 23, or 25, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    • Jan. 11, 2018 - Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns, MI  48879
    • Jan. 12, 2018 - Sanilac Career Center, 175 E. Aiken Road, Peck, MI  48466
    • Jan. 15, 2018-  Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI  49047
    • Jan. 19, 2018-  Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI  48734
    • Jan. 23, 2018- Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee, MI  48131
    • Jan. 25, 2018- Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI  49070

    Description:

    These programs are designed to help producers learn about new pests in Michigan and changes in MSU Extension recommendations in field crop weed, insect and disease control and soil fertility to use for the 2018 growing season. The registration fee is $30.00 per person, which includes the cost of lunch, refreshments and the 2018 E-434 MSU Weed Control Guide for Field Crops and Forages.

  • Powering Michigan Agriculture Webinar Series (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 25, 2018: Black Star Farms
    • February 1, 2018: Miller Family Farm
    • February 8, 2018: Grand Valley Farm

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    There is a great deal of energy efficiency and renewable energy expertise in the Michigan farming community. The purpose of this webinar series is to provide a forum where farmers, as content experts, give a 15-20 minute presentation on the impact of energy reduction and savings through the various energy efficiency and renewable energy practices they’ve implemented, talk about lessons learned, and then answer questions. Case studies for each farm will be made available to each participant.

  • Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Core Manual Review Clinics and Credit Clinics (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below. 

    Location:

    Various locations around Michigan

    Description:

    PSEP offers certification training and updates for pesticide applicators, as well as education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety.

    Credit Clinics: Offer 8 MDARD CEUs at each PCC Seminar: Core (Priv. or Comm.), 3A, 3B, 5, or 6 have been applied for.Cost per seminar

    Core Manual Review Clinics: Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The three hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. The review is held in the morning and the MDARD exams are given that afternoon. Three Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core are also available for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits.

  • Seafood Alliance HACCP Training Course (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    Ojibway Casino Resort, 16449 Michigan Ave. (M - 38), Baraga, MI

    Description:

    Commercial fish processors are required either to obtain formal training for one or more of their own employees or to hire trained independent contractors to perform the HACCP functions. The HACCP regulation requires processors to keep extensive records of processing and sanitation at their facilities. The Seafood HACCP regulation defines processing as handling, storing, preparing, heading, eviscerating, shucking, freezing, changing into different market forms, manufacturing, preserving, packing, labeling, dockside unloading, or holding fish or fishery products. All fish processors are required to take this training if they are not currently certified. Those completing the course will receive a Seafood Alliance HACCP Certificate issued through the Association of Food and Drug Officials that is recognized by agencies regulating fish processors.

  • ServSafe 8 Hour and 16 Hour Courses (2018)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming offerings at the website below.

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  Please see the website below.

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension offers ServSafe, a national certification program for those working in food service, specifically managers and other leaders. ServSafe teaches about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees about the latest food safety issues. The ServSafe Manager course uses proven techniques, provides new Food & Drug Administration food code rules and content related to the food industry.

    Topics include: providing safe food, forms of contamination, the safe food handler, the flow of food, food safety management systems, safe facilities & pest management, cleaning & sanitizing. This course provides participants education to successfully pass the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

  • Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Forums (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    MSU Union, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    This lecture series offers students, faculty, staff and the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The faculty panel will bring their unique research, teaching and writing experiences from a wide range of disciplines to explore contemporary and historical issues. Refreshments are provided.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 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.

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