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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Webinar Series (February, March 2018)

    Dates:

    Monday evenings: February 19 - March 26, 2018.  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This series of six online programs addresses field crop production and pest management. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and forage production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $20.00 for the full series of six webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    This event will address:

    • Research based MSU recommendations for weed, insect, disease and fertilizer for 2018
    • Review of the 2017 late planting season, floods and drought
    • Weeds, insects and disease resistance management
    • Soil fertility and nutrient management
    • Soil health
    • 2018 Weed Control Guide E-434
  • Integrated Pest Management Training Programs (Fall and Spring)

    Dates:

    Please click the weblink below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan

    Description:

    The MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program offers IPM certification training and updates for pesticide applicators and provides education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety. Events include: Pesticide Credit Clinics - MNLA & MSU PSEP; Core Manual/RUP Review, Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings; Soybean Management Research and Technology (SMART) Meetings; Core Review; Pesticide Applicator Core Manual Review; Restricted Use Pesticide Training; and Pesticide Certification Review Sessions.

  • Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

    Location:

    Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.

  • Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 11, 12, 15, 19, 23, or 25, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    • Jan. 11, 2018 - Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns, MI  48879
    • Jan. 12, 2018 - Sanilac Career Center, 175 E. Aiken Road, Peck, MI  48466
    • Jan. 15, 2018-  Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI  49047
    • Jan. 19, 2018-  Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI  48734
    • Jan. 23, 2018- Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee, MI  48131
    • Jan. 25, 2018- Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI  49070

    Description:

    These programs are designed to help producers learn about new pests in Michigan and changes in MSU Extension recommendations in field crop weed, insect and disease control and soil fertility to use for the 2018 growing season. The registration fee is $30.00 per person, which includes the cost of lunch, refreshments and the 2018 E-434 MSU Weed Control Guide for Field Crops and Forages.

  • Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Core Manual Review Clinics and Credit Clinics (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below. 

    Location:

    Various locations around Michigan

    Description:

    PSEP offers certification training and updates for pesticide applicators, as well as education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety.

    Credit Clinics: Offer 8 MDARD CEUs at each PCC Seminar: Core (Priv. or Comm.), 3A, 3B, 5, or 6 have been applied for.Cost per seminar

    Core Manual Review Clinics: Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The three hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. The review is held in the morning and the MDARD exams are given that afternoon. Three Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core are also available for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits.

  • Southeast Michigan Vegetable Meeting (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 8, 2018.  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Location:

    Dundee Municipal Office-Council Chambers, 350 W Monroe Street Dundee, MI 48131

    Description:

    This meeting will cover the following topics: disease management; insects; cover-cropping; weeds; fertility and plant nutrition; and nematodes.  Coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided. RUP credits have been requested.

  • Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) Meetings (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE DATES/LOCATIONS LISTED ABOVE.

    Time - All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.

    Location:

    • January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
    • January 18 at Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater, MI 49036
    • January 24 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr, Caro, MI  48723
    • February 6 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
    • February 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
    • February 9 at Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Description:

    The results of the 2017 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about other checkoff-funded research and soybean cyst nematodes. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.

    The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.

  • 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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