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  • Trevor Nichols Research Center for Fruit Industry Research (Fennville, MI)

    Location:

    6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408

    Description:

    The primary objective of the 156-acre Trevor Nichols Research Center is to find the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Research topics include studying performance attributes of reduced-risk pesticides, optimizing delivery systems for crop protection materials, monitoring and controlling invasive and emerging pests, and developing novel pest management tactics. The center also supports IR-4, a United States Department of Agriculture project that works with specialty crop growers, registrants and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to register products for use on specialty crops, including reduced-risk pesticides.

  • Turfgrass Field Day (August 2017)

    Dates:

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Location:

    Hancock Turfgrass Research Center, 4444 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research. Attendees can choose which presentations they want to hear and can create their own schedule. Lunch is included in the registration fee. There are four in-depth, hands-on workshops in the afternoon: weed walk, disease identification, insect diagnostics and MSU athletic fields.

  • Turfgrass Information Center and Database

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database has over 140,000 searchable items using over 300,000 keywords, covering the full scope of the turfgrass industry. TIC organizes, summarizes, and points to the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Center collects materials on turf research, turf culture, and the management of turf facilities; develops and continually refines an online system to provide access to the collected material; and helps individuals identify and locate materials in the collection and on the Web.

  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    E3774 University Drive, P.O. Box 168, Chatham, MI 49816

    Description:

    The Upper Peninsula Research Center is the hub of beef cattle research for northern Michigan. Applied research on alternative beef cattle management practices are conducted in the unique environment of the Upper Peninsula. Low-stress weaning methods, extended grazing season options, control of infectious disease, and traceability are being studied to reduce input costs or produce greater value for beef producers. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages, corn, small grains and oilseed crops for alternative energy. The center also coordinates numerous field trials of biomass grasses, potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.

  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 29, 2017.  Registration at 9:30 am.

    Location:

    The event begins with registration at the South Farm: E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI  49816

    Description:

    Please join local and statewide University experts for an informative day in the field learning about the exciting research that is ongoing at the station. The morning program will highlight the University’s work in the field of soil health, followed by a free lunch, sponsored by the local Hiawathaland Farm Bureau chapter. In the afternoon, participants will have the choice to attend sessions at either the South or North Farm. The South Farm will highlight the grass-finished beef operation along with ongoing work in small grains and forages. The North Farm will showcase their work in organic small grains, perennial berry crops, and equipment and tools for the small scale vegetable grower. The Field Day will conclude at 3 pm with optional farm tours.

     

  • 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.

  • Viticulture Certificate and Associates Degree Dual Enrollment Program (Dowagiac and Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College) 

    Description:

    Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.

  • Viticulture Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 26, 2017

    Location:

    Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI, 49022.

    Description:

    This annual field day for grape growers features a trade show, equipment demonstrations, viticulture workshops, a showcase of southwest Michigan wines.

  • Viticulture Information Center

    Location:

    Please see the Website below.

    Description:

    The Viticulture Information Center contains links to grape-growing information and provides the opportunity to ask reference questions. The categories include:

    • Viticulture Reference Tools
    • Vineyard Management
    • Cultivars and Germplasm
    • Pests
    • People and Places Publications
    • U.S. Regional Information
    • World Regional Information
  • W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens (MSU's Campus, East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    Located on MSU's Campus in East Lansing, MI.

    Description:

    MSU's W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens is a unique display of more than 5,000 different kinds of plants that can be found on a five-acre on-campus site. Although the Gardens serve as an outdoor laboratory for students, the general public is warmly invited to make use of the garden to learn about and enjoy plants in a beautiful setting. The Gardens are open at all times throughout the year without an admission charge, serving as a wonderful experience for children who are encouraged to come, learn, and enjoy.

  • W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Tours, Events, and Resources (Hickory Corners, MI)

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    MSU's Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is one of North America's premier inland field stations. Located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, KBS is known for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology. KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education, and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources. KBS is a field site for ecological research not only because of its excellent facilities but also because of the exceptional diversity of field research sites that are readily accessible from the station. Much of the habitat and species diversity that characterize the upper Midwest can be found in the local area. KBS provides educational tours of the Manor House, Bird Sanctuary and Kellogg Farm, as well as many events and workshops for K-12 educators, students, and the general public.

  • W.K. Kellogg Manor House Tours, Programs, and Events

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    The historic Kellogg Manor House, a beautiful example of Tudor Revival architecture, represents an important and fascinating time in Michigan's history. The Manor House offers field trips, tours, programs, and public events throughout the year.

  • Web Resource for Apple Growers

    Location:

    http://apples.msu.edu

    Description:

    This site was developed as a resource for apple growers and includes information on the following topics:

    • Current season reports
    • Pest management
    • Weather/climate
    • Economics
    • Maturity/storage
    • Pollination
    • Rootstocks
    • Horticultural practices
    • Varieties
    • Past presentations from the Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show
  • Web Resource for Blueberry Growers

    Location:

    http://blueberries.msu.edu/

    Description:

    Michigan is the largest blueberry producing state in the U.S. This website aims to provide information on all aspects of blueberry production and blueberry health management. While the information is geared toward the Midwest, much of it will also apply to other blueberry growing regions.

  • Web Resource for Cherry Growers

    Location:

    http://cherries.msu.edu

    Description:

    This site was developed for cherry growers and includes information on the following topics:

    • Current season reports
    • Pest management
    • Weather/climate
    • Varieties and rootstocks
    • Horticultural practices
    • Pollination
    • Economics
    • Presentations from past Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Shows.
  • 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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