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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Online Resource for Grape Growers

    Location:

    See Website below.

    Description:

    This Website features information on the latest research-based IPM and cultural practices. IPM is the use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. The site provides growers with pest identification information and links to current vineyard management advice from MAES researchers and MSU Extension specialists.

  • Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting

    Location:

    Available from the MSU Extension Bookstore website.

    Description:

    The Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting are full of information about insects, diseases, physiological/chemical disorders, and natural enemies; and are designed to fit into a pocket for easy field use. There are guides for the following:

    • Highbush blueberries
    • Grapes in North Central and Eastern U.S.
    • Woody landscape plants
    • Stone fruits (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan apples (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan potatoes.
    • Herbaceous perennials
    • Christmas tree weed identification
    • Nurseries and landscapes weed identification
    • Natural enemies in crops and landscapes
  • Rogers Reserve for Chestnut Production and Research (Jackson County, MI)

    Location:

    8072 S. Jackson Road, Jackson, MI  49201

    Description:

    The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990. The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community, concerned with natural resources and food production. In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm. Funds have been spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects with the MSU Office of Land Management. Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005. Phase II was completed in April 2010 and consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms. The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council, supported by funding from the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.

  • 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.

  • Trevor Nichols Research Center for Fruit Industry Research (Fennville, MI)

    Location:

    6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408

    Description:

    The primary objective of the 156-acre Trevor Nichols Research Center is to find the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Research topics include studying performance attributes of reduced-risk pesticides, optimizing delivery systems for crop protection materials, monitoring and controlling invasive and emerging pests, and developing novel pest management tactics. The center also supports IR-4, a United States Department of Agriculture project that works with specialty crop growers, registrants and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to register products for use on specialty crops, including reduced-risk pesticides.

  • Viticulture Certificate and Associates Degree Dual Enrollment Program (Dowagiac and Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College) 

    Description:

    Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.

  • Viticulture Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 26, 2017

    Location:

    Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI, 49022.

    Description:

    This annual field day for grape growers features a trade show, equipment demonstrations, viticulture workshops, a showcase of southwest Michigan wines.

  • Viticulture Information Center

    Location:

    Please see the Website below.

    Description:

    The Viticulture Information Center contains links to grape-growing information and provides the opportunity to ask reference questions. The categories include:

    • Viticulture Reference Tools
    • Vineyard Management
    • Cultivars and Germplasm
    • Pests
    • People and Places Publications
    • U.S. Regional Information
    • World Regional Information
  • Web Resource for Apple Growers

    Location:

    http://apples.msu.edu

    Description:

    This site was developed as a resource for apple growers and includes information on the following topics:

    • Current season reports
    • Pest management
    • Weather/climate
    • Economics
    • Maturity/storage
    • Pollination
    • Rootstocks
    • Horticultural practices
    • Varieties
    • Past presentations from the Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show
  • Web Resource for Blueberry Growers

    Location:

    http://blueberries.msu.edu/

    Description:

    Michigan is the largest blueberry producing state in the U.S. This website aims to provide information on all aspects of blueberry production and blueberry health management. While the information is geared toward the Midwest, much of it will also apply to other blueberry growing regions.

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