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  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

  • Vets to Ag Program

    Description:

    Vets to Ag is a unique program to train homeless US veterans to work in agriculture. Training is coordinated by the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology and is delivered by experts from MSU faculty and staff, including MSU Extension, Kellogg Biological Station, and the private sector. Training includes:

    • Basic plant and soil science
    • Equipment and workplace safety
    • Equipment operation
    • Computer skills
    • Integrated pest management
    • Training for the Michigan certified pesticide applicator exam
    • Specific training in a broad range of agricultural industries

    The program includes room and board for the entire training period, classroom instruction and hands-on training. Job development and outreach to employers is integrated into the program. Resume writing, interview and study skills and a job fair are included as part of the program training and activities.

  • WorldTAP Agricultural Training and Capacity Building Courses (Summer 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the website listed below for current dates.

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    WorldTAP (World Technology Access Program), an international training and capacity building program, facilitates the exchange of knowledge, information, and technologies with the global community. More than 500 international scientists, policy makers, and senior administrators from the public and private sectors have received training through these programs. Through training and technology transfer and by enhancing the capacity of developing countries to access new and emerging technologies, WorldTAP's programs have had tremendous impact in terms of building human resources in these countries. WorldTAP offers several services including: Short courses, visitor programs, assessments and studies, PBS training, and the Borlaug Fellowship Program.

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