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  • Ag Action Day (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 26, 2018.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West 0 Ave, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

    Description:

    Ag Action provides a full day of educational sessions focusing on agriculture, food safety and home gardening topics, featuring a trade show highlighting products and services provided by local businesses.  The Restricted Use Pesticide Exam will be given between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  If you are only taking the RUP Exam there will be an admission fee of $5 for entrance to Ag Action. This fee does not include lunch or cost of the exam.

  • Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series (January - February 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 18, 2018: Estimating System Production
    • January 25, 2018: Assessing System Cost
    • February 1, 2018: Forecasting the Value of Electricity
    • February 8, 2018: Understanding Incentives
    • February 15, 2018: Conducting a Financial Analysis
    • February 22, 2018: Photovoltaic Solar Example

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions.

  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Seminar Series (Spring and Fall)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below.

     

    Location:

    Room 75, Agriculture Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824--unless otherwise noted.

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics offers several seminar series each Fall and Spring semester. Please check the Website below for the current schedule.

  • Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference (Escanaba, MI) (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 13, 2018

    Location:

    Bay de Noc Community College, Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828

    Description:

    This conference will offer the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for farmers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

  • Apprentice Farmer Program (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    UPREC North Farm, E. 3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI  49816

    Description:

    The Apprentice Farmer Program is a farm incubator program that aims to serve as the launching point for individuals interested in starting their own farming enterprise. This two-year, residential program provides farming entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and assistance needed to ensure a solid start to their farming career.

    Land, equipment, tools, and mentorship are provided to qualified applicants so they can develop a business plan, establish accounts, build capital, and fine-tune skills. The apprentice farmers will grow alongside the talented North Farm staff and other apprentice farmers, sharing ideas, techniques, and labor.

  • ArcGIS II: Beyond the Basics Course (August, November 2017)

    Dates:

    August 23, 2017 and November 8, 2017

    Location:

    Eppley Center, Room 109, Business College Complex, 645 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    This one-day course will move beyond the basics by teaching participants how to properly structure a geodatabase, georeference data, edit vector data using a variety of advanced techniques, and create secondary data from existing raster datasets, such as cartographic contours and distance information. Participants will also construct geo-processing models using ModelBuilder and save them to their own custom toolbox. The course culminates in the creation of a map that incorporates advanced techniques such as page definitions, inset maps and data-driven pages.

  • Bay/Thumb Area Vegetable Meeting (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 20, 2018.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Walli’s Family Restaurant (2nd floor)* 1341 Center Rd, Burton, MI 48509

    Description:

    This meeting will cover the following topics: greenhouse media; nematode assessment; cultivation tools; transplant diseases; herbicide damage; farm stress services; GMO discussion; farm labor services; worker protection standard; and produce safety services. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - April 2018)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 17, 2018: Seed Starting and Transplant Production
    • Jan. 24, 2018: Reduced Tillage Vegetable Growing
    • Jan. 31, 2018: Managing Your Farm Woodlot
    • Feb. 7, 2018: Choosing Apple Varieties and Rootstocks for Your New Orchard
    • Feb. 14, 2018: Organic Matter Basics
    • Feb. 21, 2018: Fertilizer Basics
    • Feb. 28, 2018: Livestock Basics
    • Mar. 7, 2018: Raising Rabbits
    • Mar. 14, 2018: Food Safety Modernization Act Basics: Am I Covered?
    • Mar. 21, 2018: USDA and SARE Programs for Beginning Farmers
    • Mar. 28, 2018: Pest Management Systems Compared
    • Apr. 4, 2018: U-Pick Farm Business
    • Apr. 11, 2018: Farm Business Basics #1
    • Apr. 18, 2018: Farm Business Basics #2
    • Apr. 25, 2018: Farm Business Basics #3

    Location:

    Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.

    Description:

    New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

  • Better Process Control School (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 6-7, 2018: Two day: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School March 6-9, 2018:Four day: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

Location:

Michigan State University, Erickson Hall, Room 228, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

Description:

Federal regulations require that each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Participants may choose from the two-day acidified foods program or the four-day acidified foods and low-acid canned foods program.  Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.

  • Center for Advanced Study of International Development

    Location:

    202 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) promotes and coordinates the work of faculty and students interested in developing countries from the perspectives of the social sciences and liberal arts. CASID has a strong commitment to its outreach mission serving K-12 teachers and students, post-secondary institutions, government, and business.  Outreach resources include: Publications; K-12 Outreach (LATTICE); Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education; International Business Institute for Community College Faculty, and International Business Center (CIBER). 

     

  • Commodity Marketing Update for Grains and Dairy Sessions (2017)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, April 25:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, June 27: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Oct. 31:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19:  10 a.m. to Noon (CANCELLED)

     

    Location:

    Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan 48471 OR Online webinar

    Description:

    All farm producers are welcome to attend the session live session which will be held at the Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan or join online as part of the webinar.
    The host for these meetings will be Dennis Stein, Farm Management Educator.

  • Cottage Food Law Workshops (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 23, 2018.  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Location:

    • January 23, 2018: Lapeer County Health Dept. Building, 1800 Imlay City Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446

    Description:

    This workshop focuses on the food safety aspects of preparing cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced and how to label and sell them.

    Cost of this program is $10.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. You will receive a certificate to display at your stand following completion of the workshop.

  • Dairy Food Processing One-Day Introductory Workshops

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complex houses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following one-day introductory workshops are offered:

    • Fluid Milk
    • Cleaning and Sanitation
    • Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
    • Cultured Dairy Foods
    • Cheese Making
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Dairy Food Processing Two-Day Short Courses

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complexhouses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following two-day short courses are offered:

    • Pasteurizer Operators
    • Clean-in-Place (CIP)
  • Dairy Foods Complex/ Dairy Store

    Location:

    Anthony Hall, 474 South Shaw Lane, Room 2100B, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Dairy Foods Complex facility enhances the ability of scientists to address the important issues in the dairy industry, such as food safety, diet and health, and new technologies. The faculty in the department serve as an important resource for the dairy processing industries in Michigan. During the last 15 to 20 years, the technology incorporated in dairy plant design and the detail in regulation has become increasingly complex. A modern processing plant aids in the training of industry and regulatory personnel for Michigan's dairy processing industries. The Dairy Food Complex also acts as an important educational tool for educators working on food and career units in schools and other groups. Tours and drop-in visits by the public result in over 10,000 visitors per year.

  • Dairy Price Risk Management Workshop (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 29, 2017.  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Location:

    AgroLiquid 3055 M-21 St Johns, MI 48879

    Description:

    This program will allow producers to become more familiar and comfortable with using price risk management tools and developing pricing strategies for the future.

  • Dry Bean and Sugar Beet Symposium (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 16, 2018.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Horizons Conference Center: 6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603

    Description:

    This annual symposium offers research based information on improving production, marketing, and quality. This is the largest agriculture trade show in central Michigan. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

  • Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series: Sprouting Healthy Eaters (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Online webinars

    Description:

    The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following.

  • Farmer Field School Workshop: Shoulder Season and Root Crop Production (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, November 6th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Road, Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This workshop looks at two key aspects of season extension: Shoulder Season Production (Oct – Dec) and spring (Feb – April) and Root Crops. In both areas we will look at important practices & schedules for success, necessary production & storage infrastructure, proven crop types and varieties, post-harvest/storage management and other critical elements to moving beyond summer production.

  • Farmer Field School: Work-Life Balance for Farmers Roundtable and Workshop (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lunch and Roundtable);  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Field School)

    Location:

    Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823

    Description:

    Together, farmers and others will share in discussion of successful (and unsuccessful) practices and approaches to finding balance between the work of farming and life off the farm or at least off the clock. How do passion, values, ideals, goals and financial security for the farm mesh with those of family and loved ones, and our own personal limits? A look at how and why we make the decisions we do and what we can learn from each other and understand about the farm and family life we choose.

    There is no charge for this workshop. Lunch provided.