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  • 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.

  • Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 8 - 10, 2018

     

    Location:

    Soaring Eagle Casino Resort and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference is dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to labor management and environmental stewardship. In addition to the quality line up of educational speakers, spouses will not want to miss the popular Partners Program, which promises a variety of entertaining and educational sessions. The Conference is the home base for the annual Dairy Industry Recognition Night where the industry’s leading producers, dairy scholarship winners and dairy judging team members are recognized and honored.

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Michigan AgrAbility Program for Agricultural Workers With Disabilities

    Location:

    100 E. State Street, Suite G-100, St. Johns, MI, 48879

    Description:

    The Michigan AgrAbility Program assists agricultural workers who have physical and mental disabilities, including such disabilities as amputation, arthritis, spinal cord injury, and hearing impairments. Education and evaluation assistance are available to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities. Established in 1992 by MSU Extension's Farm Safety Program, the Michigan AgrAbility Program is now under the direction of the Easter Seals Society of Michigan, Inc. Michigan State University Extension's Farm Safety Program is a source of information on the Michigan AgrAbility Program for farmers with disabilities who wish to remain in agricultural work occupations.

  • Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, October 23, 2017.  8:30 am - 3:15 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Room C, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference provides financial officers across the state with updates on the various industries in Michigan and outlooks for the future. Hear from experts about credit cycles in agriculture, benchmarking farm financial performance, commodity and dairy outlooks, and much more. 

  • 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 Family Farms Annual Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Saturday, February 3, 2018.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

     

    Location:

    KVCC, Texas Township Campus, 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49003

    Description:

    The MFFC is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. For the past eleven years, the conference has helped connect farmers from across the state to important resources and learn how to make their farms more sustainable and more viable. Some topics include: Food safety and post-harvest processing; relocalizing small grains to niche markets; the Farm Bill and USDA programs; rotational grazing; integrated pest management; choosing the right farmers market; workshops in Spanish; racial equity and food justice; beginning farmer initiatives; the Study-A-Farm program; and programs for youth.

  • 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 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.

  • 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: 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
  • Organic Farmer Training Program (March - November 2017)

    Dates:

    2017 Program Dates: March 3rd through November 17th

    Location:

    Farm location: Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Rd., Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This intensive program provides hands-on experience in managing and working on our 4-season farm, combined with lectures, readings and workshops and is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the principles, practices, management, business planning and hard skills needed to operate an organic farm.

  • Pork Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension serves the pork industry by providing decisionmakers with unbiased, research-based information about all aspects of pork production. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, MSUE works to enhance the production of safe, nutritious, high-quality pork in an environmentally, economically sustainable and socially responsible manner.

    MSU Extension provides education for all aspects of swine production, including intensively managed commercial operations, niche pork farms, sport farms, and youth show pig producers.

  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
  • 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.

  • Telfarm Financial Services and Workshops

    Location:

    Telfarm Center: 414 Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824 

    The program is available statewide.

    Description:

    Telfarm is a system for maintaining financial and business records for farmers. Its goal is to provide accurate and valuable accounting statements, tax schedules, and management reports to assess the growth and development of the farm business. Services provided by Telfarm include: Technical assistance; Workshops; and Computer generated accounting statements and reports. Please see the website below for workshop offerings.

  • Transitioning Farmland to the Next Generation of Farmers (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 2, 2018. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

    Location:

    KVCC- Culinary Allied Health Building, 418 E Walnut St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    Description:

    Access to land for farming and conservation purposes is vitally important as more and more farmland will change hands in the coming years. Bringing together beginning and retiring farmers in a way that allows for education and networking is one way to bridge the gap to farmland preservation. The goal of this educational summit is to help landowners understand succession planning as it pertains to land protection and transfer and to assist beginning farmers in understanding how to acquire land.

    *Additional benefit of reduced price ticket for the 15th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference happening at KVCC on February 3, 2018.

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