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  • Agricultural Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

    280 Plant and Soil Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Agricultural Industries Certificate program is a three-semester, 48-credit technical training program comprised of on-campus and placement training. Many Agricultural Industry certificate program graduates are working as key employees in feed, grain, and chemical firms as custom applicators and field scouts. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements. An excellent scholarship program is available through the Michigan Agri Business Association.

  • 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 Innovation Day: Focus on Forages and the Future (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 24, 2017.  Registration begins at 12:30 pm.  Event concludes at 9:00 pm.

    Location:

    Lake City Research Center, 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI  49651

    Description:

    This second annual education field day will deliver a cutting-edge, in-depth look at forages, livestock and the future to help farmers meet growing producer demands.  Nine sessions are offered throughout the afternoon and evening.  MSU recruiters will be on hand to provide students with information about the degrees offered by MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

    The event is free and includes dinner.

  • Center for Economic Analysis

    Location:

    Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments
  • 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

     

    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.

  • Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Web Site

    Description:

    The Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems websiteintroduces basic techniques that can be applied to analyze the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems. The site aims to provide clear explanations of both how to do the analysis and what assumptions must be met. This site frequently relies on links to other good sites, both to explain these techniques and to provide helpful data and examples. The basic areas covered are:

    • Profitability Using Budgets
    • Environmental Indicators
    • Environmental Values
    • Marketing
    • Environment-Profit Trade-Offs
    • Business Planning
  • International Short Course: Best Practices in Dairy Production (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 13 - 19, 2017.  Application deadline: July 15, 2017

     

    Location:

    East Lansing, MI, and field visits to local dairy farms and milk processing plants

    Description:

    Among developing countries, there is steady increase in the demand for milk and milk products due to favorable changes in income levels and living standards. Because of the perishable nature of milk, this increased demand creates an opportunity for local production in smallholder operations, or expanding operations within local economies. In order to take maximum advantage of this opportunity, knowledgeable individuals are needed in both technology transfer and policy making positions. It is toward these individuals that this training program is aimed. Training addresses animal health and production, reproduction, milk processing, food safety regulations both locally and internationally, animal welfare issues, and environmental concerns. The aim is toward the transfer of technology that is applicable under the local conditions of the participants. Consideration is given to both very small family farms and expanding production operations within the agricultural framework of developing economies. Moreover, as a result of enhanced communication and transportation technologies, access to global markets for the dairy products is getting much easier. However, due to the ever-changing international and local laws and regulations, food safety issues, animal welfare issues and stricter import/export controls, it is becoming more difficult for developing economies to compete in this global market. This program also addresses issues and opportunities in international dairy marketing relevant to developing economies in taking advantage of those markets, when favorable conditions exist.

  • Long-Term Ecological Research

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988. LTER research at KBS is designed to answer the broader question of how agronomic management can better utilize biological resources in cropping systems to control pests, provide nitrogen, and build soil fertility: In short, how to make agriculture more profitable and provide environmental benefits.

    Our main research areas include agronomy, microbial ecology, plant dynamics, insect dynamics, biogeochemistry, regionalization, ecosystem services, and biofuels. Our experimental systems range from field plots to landscapes. We study the ecology of major field crop ecosystems – annual crops such as corn, soybean, and wheat, perennial crops such as alfalfa, and biofuel crops such as switchgrass and poplars. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes, such as forests and old fields.

  • Market Outlook and Price Forecasts for Grain and Livestock

    Description:

    This resource offers up-to-date commodity outlooks and probabalistic price forecasts for corn, wheat, soybeans, soybean meal, live cattle and feeder cattle, lean hogs, and milk. Also included are USDA balance sheets for corn, wheat, and soybeans. Price forecasts are updated weekly during the fall and spring semesters.

  • 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 Market Maker

    Location:

    Online and mobile

    Description:

    MarketMaker is a national partnership of land grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture dedicated to the development of a comprehensive interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. Put simply, MarketMaker is a platform that seeks to foster business relationships between producers and consumers of food industry products and services.

  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    December 13, 2016; March 14, 2017; June 13, 2017; September 12, 2017

    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 BioEconomy Network

    Location:

    Office of Biobased Technologies located at 109 Agriculture Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU BioEconomy Network (MSU BEN) coordinates the increasingly diverse range of bioeconomy activities on campus, which span research, policy, economic analysis and education, as well as corporate and government collaborations and commercialization. The MSU BioEconomy Network reinforces MSU’s role in expanding the bioeconomy and underscores our commitment to partnerships with both the public and private sector. The BioEconomy Network can:

    • Provide a link to researchers from many different disciplines
    • Disseminate information to leverage new federal, foundation and corporate research and development opportunities
    • Support the preparation of large, multidisciplinary grant applications
    • Act as a point of contact to MSU's administration and other institutions
    • Support meetings and symposia
    • Help you work closely with MSU support units (e.g., MSU Technologies, MSU Business-CONNECT) and other assets (e.g., MBI)
  • 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 Product Center for Business Development

    Location:

    Morrill Hall, Room 80, 446 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The MSU Product Center can help you develop and commercialize high value products and businesses in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors.  Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or established business, the MSU Product Center is the front door to Michigan State University’s vast and varied technical expertise, research, outreach and educational services.

  • Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (Benton Harbor, MI)

    Location:

    1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

    Description:

    MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center combines research projects and educational programs on fruits, vegetables, field crops, and woody ornamentals, as well as environmental quality issues. The mission of the Center is to enhance the economic viability of agriculture in the state of Michigan through the development and practical demonstration of technological advances in plant materials and cultural practices, as well as farm management. The Center keeps area producers and processors aware of solutions to the region’s agricultural problems.

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