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  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers (June - August 2017)

    Dates:

    The summer session opens for enrollment on May 1, 2017 and the course material will be available to registrants from June 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2017.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on biological control is the third course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website.The content of the course covers introductory materials to more advanced concepts such as utilizing banker plants.  The 4-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into six units:

    • Unit 1: Introduction to Greenhouse Biological Control
    • Unit 2: Commercially Available Biological Control Agents 
    • Unit 3: Using Banker Plants in Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 4: Implementing a Biological Control Program      
    • Unit 5: Interactions of Pesticides and Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 6: Greenhouse Examples of Biological Control Systems: Application Strategy and Costs
  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo (December 2016)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market 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 75 educational sessions and workshops are offered on such topics as organic production, integrated pest management, and water use issues. Past activities have included a banquet, a reception, a pageant, a showcase, and a full-day bakery workshop. All three days will include educational programming that can be used for education credits and certification.

  • 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.

  • Grower Produce Safety Course (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Various dates in March and April 2017.  Please see the website below.

    Location:

    • Hart - March 16, 2017 - Hart United Methodist Church, 3808 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Kent - April 3, 2017 - Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Traverse City -  April 4, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • Marquette - April 6, 2017 - Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-authorized Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. The following required modules will be offered:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
  • Hoophouse Resources

    Location:

    http://www.hoophouse.msu.edu/index.php?q=home

    Description:

    This website provides information and resources for anyone interested in season extension or year-round farming using hoophouses (aka high tunnels, passive solar greenhouses, unheated greenhouses), as well as about other season extension techniques like row covers, quickhoops, low tunnels, and 3-season high tunnels.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Green Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • Michigan Market Maker

    Location:

    Online and mobile

    Description:

    MarketMaker is a national partnership of land grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture dedicated to the development of a comprehensive interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. Put simply, MarketMaker is a platform that seeks to foster business relationships between producers and consumers of food industry products and services.

  • Nursery and Christmas Tree Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s programing for the nursery and Christmas tree industries involves field Extension educators, campus based Extension specialists and researchers who provide timely and relevant educational programming. Our goal is deliver the latest science-based information to keep Michigan producers competitive and profitable in today’s economy.

  • Organic Farmer Mentor Program

    Description:

    The Organic Farming Mentor Program is an opportunity for experienced organic farmers to support those new to the practice through education and instruction. We are seeking farmers (both certified and non-certified) to participate in our program, and share their knowledge with others.

  • Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 9 - 11, 2017

    Location:

    Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Second National Conference on Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes will take place October 9-11, 2017 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Hosted by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University, this conference is intended for extension educators, academic and industry researchers, growers, and representatives of related industries interested in or involved with plants and pollinators in urban landscapes.

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