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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.

  • 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. 

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - May 2017)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 30, Small vegetable farm systems
    • Feb. 13, Hoophouse management
    • Feb. 27, Maple syrup
    • March 13, Fencing and watering systems for livestock
    • March 27, Blueberries
    • April 3, Crop nutrient management
    • April 10, Aquaculture (fish farming)
    • April 24, Planning and operating a mixed fruit orchard
    • May 8, Producing and selling eggs

    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. The Michigan State University Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series helps to make this happen, reaching 664 people since 2012.  Please see the 2017 dates and topics below.

  • 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 Management Certificate Program has been developed to meet the specialized needs of the herd manager and commercial dairy farmer. This technical training program consists of two 15-week semesters and one 9-week semester on campus for a total of 48 credits. Programs of study are tailored to the individual's educational goals. Areas of study include dairy herd management, nutrition, artificial insemination, crops, and farm management. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements.

  • Horse Management Certificate Program

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The certificate program in Horse Management emphasizes management and equine skills that prepare students for positions in Michigan’s growing horse industry. This technical training program consists of three 15-week, on-campus semesters and placement training of at least 15 weeks, for a total of 48 credits. This program offers the most current training available.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michigan Beef Showcase (June 2017)

    Dates:

    June 9 - 11, 2017

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion

    Description:

    Michigan Beef Showcase offers breeds shows for steers, females and bulls as well as a crossbred steer show for youth and adults.

  • Michigan Pork Quarterly Online Newsletter

    Description:

    The Pork Quarterly is an online newsletter for anyone involved in the swine industry. The quarterly publication covers many up-to-date swine related topics including air emissions at livestock facilities, meat quality evaluation, phosphorus mass balance at breeding farms, artificial insemination, sow retention, and waste water management.

  • MSU Extension Resources and Services for Beef Producers

    Description:

    MSU Extension serves the Michigan beef industry by engaging in research, education and extension that enhances the quality of life for constituents through opportunities to advance animal health, welfare, productivity, environmental sustainability, product quality and economic viability.

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