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  • 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.

  • Electrical Apprenticeship Online Program

    Description:

    The Online Electrical Apprenticeship program is a four year program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a certificate of completion by Michigan State University.

    This program provides the Related Technical Instruction (RTI) required by the State of Michigan through the revisions of implementation Public Act 217 of 1954, Rule 338.88e. It gives the apprentice the necessary theoretical and technical knowledge needed to become a successful journey person. It also gives additional practice of job-related skills and knowledge. The USDOL standards require that a minimum of 144 hours per year of apprenticeship training is to be provided to each trainee.

  • Electrical Technology Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The Electrical Technology Certificate Program is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring. Students study the latest electrical codes, electrical fundamentals, various electrical installations, motor controls, and solid state electronic applications. Throughout the program, students are also provided training in energy efficiency and alternate power systems.  This program provides the advanced technical training that is important for a successful career in the electrical field.  The diverse and intensive educational experience allows graduates to manage new technologies and electrical codes, to solve problems, and make safe and efficient electrical installations in an ever changing field.

  • Greenhouse Energy Cost Reduction Strategies Website

    Description:

    This web site provides summary information on production strategies and technologies that greenhouse growers can use to consume less energy and improve production efficiency. Main categories include: Greenhouse lighting; Temperature and scheduling; Energy-saving technologies; Alternative fuels; Energy grants and loans.

  • Institute of Water Research

    Location:

    101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

  • Manure and Nutrient Management Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    These sites offers a wealth of information for the cattle industry. There are numerous articles and bulletins on calibration, composting, cover crops, farmstead topics, employees and emergency training, land application, odor and air quality, phosporus in diets, record keeping, storage, and treatment. Consultations, meetings, and workshops are offered in a variety of locations.

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

    Dates:

    See current schedule of phase 1, 2, or 3 offerings at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  This program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s three systems — Farmstead ,Cropping and Livestock — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as: fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and special interest topics for growers. The Expo also offers tours to area greenhouses and gardens.  The trade show has more than 380 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Web Resources

    Description:

    The Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Website aids in the understanding and evaluation of the groundwater resources in Michigan and fulfills the mandates of Michigan Public Act 148 of 2003. The Website includes an Interactive Map Viewer, a Groundwater Information Database, Project Reports, Web Resources, Documents, and Online Tutorials.

  • 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.

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