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  • Agricultural Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

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

    Description:

    This 18-month program integrates a wide range of disciplines including business, leadership, technology and communications through hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats.  Of the 48 credits required for the Certificate, 30 are for required classes and the remaining 18 credits can vary with area of interest including agronomy, animal science, horticulture, welding and mechanics.  It is possible for students to complete the Agricultural Industries Certificate and transfer on to a four-year degree program. This program consists of both on-campus learning and hands-on experiences through a professional internship. The program also allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.

  • 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.

  • Animal Legal and Historical Web Center

    Location:

    Michigan State University College of Law, 648 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

    Description:

    This Website contains a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.

  • Beef Cattle Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    1250H Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Beef Cattle Management Certificate Program is designed to allow individuals the opportunity to specialize in the area of beef cattle management in a one-year intensive program. The certificate provides students with knowledge and experience in the management of both cow/calf and feedlot enterprises. This one-year program is centered around hands-on clerkships at the MSU Beef Cattle Teaching Center and the MSU Beef Cattle Research Center. Students have the opportunity to become involved in some of Michigan’s most important events for beef cattle: the Michigan Beef Expo and the Michigan Cattlemen’s Bull Test.

  • Beef Cattle Teaching & Research Center

    Dates:

    At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at 517-353-2245 to schedule a tour. Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the 7 days prior to visiting the farm.

    Location:

    5307 Bennett Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    MSU's Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and, ultimately, consumers in Michigan. Research projects at the Center look at the productivity of Michigan feedlots, reproductive physiology, and ruminant nutrition. Tour groups from all over the world come to observe the facilities and techniques involved in the management of a commercial size feedlot.

  • Beef Cattle Ultrasound Scanning

    Description:

    A field technician certified by the ultrasound Guidelines Council is available to perform ultrasound scanning for beef cattle to evaluate carcass merit for breeding selection and market readiness. Breeders can scan yearling bulls and heifers for carcass traits and have this information included in National Cattle Evaluation ultrasound EPDs. 

  • Bridging the Experience Gap Program for New Agribusiness Professionals (August - September 2017)

    Dates:

    August 14 - September 26, 2017

    Location:

    3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    This four-part series is designed to help new agribusiness professionals, especially those with limited or no farm experience, gain a better understanding of the broad scope and depth associated with today’s agricultural systems. 

     

    • Session 1 - Cropping Systems, Soils, and Ag equipment; Hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment
    • Session 2 - Livestock, Food safety, and Food processing; Group tour:  see the value generated through livestock enterprises to the agriculture economy.
    • Session 3 - Farm technology and Communication strategies; See and learn about the latest technology and the future trends for agriculture production systems.  Learn how to have effective conversations to make interactions meaningful with farmers and others in related agriculture fields. 
    • Session 4 - Michigan Sugar factory, Potato production, and Farm financial management. ; Group tour:  see the impact Michigan sugar beets have on the agriculture economy, plus other value added farming enterprises.  Participants will also learn about farm financial management strategies and challenges.

    Participants are expected to attend all four sessions
    Cost: $300     All training supplies and lunches are included

  • 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.

  • Dairy Days and Annual Michigan Dairy Expo (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 17 - 21, 2017

     

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    During Michigan Youth Dairy Days, youth will compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various competitions, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging contests, and the Dairy Days youth show. 

    Michigan Dairy Expo is a week-long event that combines youth activities and contests conducted during Youth Dairy Days with purebred dairy breed association youth and open show events. The mission of Michigan Dairy Expo is to encourage and promote youth involvement in dairy activities, showcase the Michigan dairy industry, and provide continuing education opportunities for the dairy industry in Michigan and neighboring states.

  • Dairy Food Processing One-Day Introductory Workshops

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complex houses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following one-day introductory workshops are offered:

    • Fluid Milk
    • Cleaning and Sanitation
    • Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
    • Cultured Dairy Foods
    • Cheese Making
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Dairy Food Processing Two-Day Short Courses

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complexhouses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following two-day short courses are offered:

    • Pasteurizer Operators
    • Clean-in-Place (CIP)
  • Dairy Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Animal Science Department, Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program. Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee. Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.  Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and most importantly, dairy industry leaders, including producers, during their education. Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program. The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

  • Horse Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824. The MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center is located on 100 acres south of campus.

    Description:

    This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management. The typical program model is three semesters of on-campus, academic based learning opportunities. One semester is an off-campus, placement training experience at a horse facility. Once enrolled, students will have the opportunity to tailor their area of interest toward management emphasis, reproduction, riding instruction, or training. Students will take coursework in horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior, horsemanship, exercise physiology, and horse election/judging. Basic coursework in mathematics, communications, and computers is required.  Electives will vary depending on a student’s background and interests, and might be selected from the following: horse training, preparation for instructing horsemanship, independent study in horse reproduction, draft horses, forage crops, or leadership.

  • Horse Management Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.

  • 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.

  • Lake City Research Center (Lake City, MI)

    Dates:

     

     

    Location:

    5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI  49651

    Description:

    The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. The center is a leader in potato breeding and genetics research, with more than 60,000 seedlings grown and evaluated each year. It also supports research on forage and beef production systems that are holistic, sustainable and profitable. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community.  The MSU Lake City Research Center helps to lead way in developing new regenerative grasslands certification.

  • Lake City Research Center Field Day: Ag Innovation Day (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 24, 2017

     

    Location:

    5401 W. Jennings Rd, Lake City, MI, 49651.

    Description:

    Michigan State University Agriculture Innovation Day is an annual event which focuses in-depth education on a single topic. The event rotates to various locations throughout the state where experts deliver innovative information to help producers take the next step in improving their bottom line while maintaining environmentally sound practices on their farms. The 2017 MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Forages and the Future will take place on August 24, 2017, at the Lake City Research Center, Lake City, Michigan.

    The educational field day will deliver a cutting-edge, in-depth look at forages, livestock and the future to help farmers meet growing producer demands.

  • Livestock Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Livestock Industries certificate program is a three semester program designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of applied course work and hands-on education at the university’s facilities and an extensive industry internship. Students engage with leading professors, researchers, and future professional colleagues in a manner that is directly applicable to a functioning livestock operation and also develop communication skills while bridging the gap between theory and practical best management practices. 

    Students are required to complete courses in reproduction, animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, live animal and carcass evaluation, livestock management and farm business management. This program is unique in that allows students to pick elective courses as well so that they can further specialize their educational plan to meet their needs, making them more marketable once they enter the work force. These courses can include agricultural economics, crop and soil science, agricultural technology and animal science.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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