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  • Applied Plant Science Dual Enrollment Certificates and Associate Degree Program (Northwestern Michigan)

    Location:

    Two or three plant science courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester in Traverse City and are held in the evening at the NMC University Center. Some classes are offered by two-way interactive television system that connects you to MSU East Lansing campus faculty.  Other classes are taught on-site by MSU faculty and additional highly qualified and experienced individuals.

    Description:

    This combined program enables students to complete an Associate’s degree and certificate program, without leaving northern Michigan.  Students can choose from a MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology Applied Plant Science Certificate with a specialization in  Landscape Horticulture or in Commercial Horticulture Operations, along with a NMC, NCMC, KCC, or WSCC Associate’s degree in Applied Science (AAS) or Science and Arts (ASA).

    Each student receives one-on-one help selecting a program of study, which includes an “on-the-job” internship opportunity. Taking advantage of world-acclaimed expertise and close-to-home convenience, the program provides professionals in the industry a chance to sharpen technical skills, keep informed of the latest research and regulatory information, and improve management practices. Graduates will enjoy a wide range of career and employment choices.

  • Berry Crop Entomology Information and Resources

    Description:

    The Isaacs Lab studies the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of the lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Their extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

    Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland.

  • Chestnut Crop Load and Scouting Workshop (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 20, 2017.  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Location:

    The Conrad Farm: 2133 W Conrad Road in Ludington, MI  49431

    Description:

    Scouting for chestnut pests is critical to environmental and economic sustainability. Michigan State University Extension will be hosting two, IPM workshops for current growers. These hands-on workshops will include a review of major pests and a discussion about the value of cover cropping.  Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis. Please place samples in sealed bags as a courtesy to our host farms. These meetings will be held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather. Registration is required but the program is free. Restricted use pesticides will be available.

  • Clarksville Research Center (Clarksville, MI)

    Location:

    9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815

    Description:

    The Clarksville Research Center (CRC) hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops. Research at the 440-acre site includes variety development, fruit thinning and growth regulators, dwarf rootstocks for fruit trees, integrated pest management, organic production systems and new pruning practices to help make production more profitable, efficient and environmentally friendly. CRC is a valuable site for inoculated potato late blight field trials because of its isolation from potato-growing areas.

  • Cultivate Michigan Stone Fruit Tour (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 18, 2017. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Location:

    Phillips Orchards, St Johns, MI 1174 W Gratiot County Line Rd., St Johns, MI 48879

    Description:

    This tour will highlight one of Cultivate Michigan’s summer foods, stone fruit (Peaches), and showcase many elements of this diverse operation, including:

    • A welcome from Cultivate Michigan and local hosts including a mid-morning snack (coffee, donuts, cider, and peaches)
    • A guided tour of the peach orchard (handicap accessible) and Q & A with owners
    • Observation of peach harvest in progress.
    • A history of the apple cider mill and bakery
  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management (Detroit, MI)

    Location:

    Wayne County Community College, Taylor, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. Michigan State University (MSU) and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) have partnered to offer regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered at the WCCCD campus in Taylor, Mich. All courses will be taught by approved MSU faculty including local industry professionals.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from Wayne County Community College District. Full-time students are able to complete the associate degree and certificate in just two years and financial aid is available to help with tuition expenses at both schools.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Dowagiac, MI)

    Location:

    Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) are working together to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Dowagiac, Michigan, the home of SMC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from SMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.

    The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Muskegon, MI)

    Location:

    Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Muskegon Community College (MCC) are working together to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with most courses delivered in Muskegon, Michigan, the home of MCC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associates degree from MCC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the fruit and vegetable industry.

    The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Sidney, MI)

    Location:

    Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Montcalm Community College have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Sidney and Greenville, Michigan.

    The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have partnered to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Traverse City, Michigan, the home of NMC.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from NMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.

    The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories, campus horticultural facilities for teaching and research, and a professional internship.  The 48-credit East Lansing based program is 3- 4 semesters of classroom instruction and a semester off-campus in a professional internship. It couples academics with hands-on field practice and also offers study abroad opportunities.

    Students will benefit from a core set of classes in applied plant science, soil science, entomology, irrigation systems, pruning, career development, and plant pathology.  The core required courses lay the foundation for understanding the best practices in fruit and vegetable production.   Through a wide range of elective courses in agribusiness, agricultural technology, and horticulture students can then tailor their studies to individual preferences.  Examples of elective areas include agri-food systems, sales, agricultural finance, organic farming, greenhouses, plant propagation and much more in the management of plant production.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

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

    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 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.

  • Hops Field Day and Tour (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 4, 2017.  8am - 5pm.

     

    Location:

    Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)

    Description:

    Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684), board a chartered bus and travel to Cedar Hop Farm to tour a new hop yard, and then onto Neptune Hops, an established yard, both near Cedar. The group will then travel to Hop Lot Brewing Co. in Suttons Bay to have lunch, tour their new facility, chat with the brewer and tasting. After lunch, participants will travel to Heitman Hop Yard on the south end of Leelanau County. The tour will then return to the Research Center to see a hop harvest demo in the WOLF picking machine. Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Educator will also speak about “Hop IPM.” Dr. Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension Statewide Hops Educator will be the host and available throughout the day to provide hops growing expertise.

    Throughout the tour hop growers will be on site to discuss all aspects of hop production; initial costs, plant care, disease and insect management, trellis construction, quality control, propagation, and organic and conventional growing practices. The group will then end the day with an educational beer tasting led by Scott Graham of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

  • 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.

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

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/ August 2017)

    Dates:

    July 24 - August 4, 2017

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan.  Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    This annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings. Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

  • 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.

  • Michigan Vegetable Information Network

    Location:

    Online at: http://veginfo.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The Michigan Vegetable Information Network provides resources to the commercial vegetable industry. These resources include bulletins, conference presentations, and crop protection labels, offering up-to-date information on many topics relevant to vegetable growers.

  • North Farm Extension Workshop Series (May - August 2017)

    Dates:

    May 21, June 4, July 9, and August 13, 2017.  1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

    Location:

    The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI - 1 mile north of the Village of Chatham on the Rock River Road

    Description:

    The North Farm staff will be hosting a series of four workshops at The North Farm in May, June, July, and August. All workshops are held on-site and include a combination of classroom and hands-on activities. Topics include: Soil Health; Perennial Fruit Crops; Organic Small Grains; and Insects on the Farm.

  • Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI, 49684

    Description:

    This 100-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan. Founded through the efforts of the northwestern Michigan area fruit industry, the center is the premier research site for integrated pest management, horticultural production and handling, value-added processing, marketing and farm financial management practices for wine grapes, apples, plums, sweet and tart cherries, and hops. In addition to creating and expanding knowledge through leading-edge research on cherries and other fruits, the center disseminates state-of-the-art information to the Michigan fruit industry and the public.

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