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  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    December 12, 2017; March 13, 2018; June 12, 2018; September 11, 2018.

    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: 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: 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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