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  • Apprentice Farmer Program (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    UPREC North Farm, E. 3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI  49816

    Description:

    The Apprentice Farmer Program is a farm incubator program that aims to serve as the launching point for individuals interested in starting their own farming enterprise. This two-year, residential program provides farming entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and assistance needed to ensure a solid start to their farming career.

    Land, equipment, tools, and mentorship are provided to qualified applicants so they can develop a business plan, establish accounts, build capital, and fine-tune skills. The apprentice farmers will grow alongside the talented North Farm staff and other apprentice farmers, sharing ideas, techniques, and labor.

  • Bridging the Experience Gap Program for New Agribusiness Professionals (August - September 2017)

    Dates:

    August 14 - September 26, 2017

    Location:

    3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    This four-part series is designed to help new agribusiness professionals, especially those with limited or no farm experience, gain a better understanding of the broad scope and depth associated with today’s agricultural systems. 

     

    • Session 1 - Cropping Systems, Soils, and Ag equipment; Hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment
    • Session 2 - Livestock, Food safety, and Food processing; Group tour:  see the value generated through livestock enterprises to the agriculture economy.
    • Session 3 - Farm technology and Communication strategies; See and learn about the latest technology and the future trends for agriculture production systems.  Learn how to have effective conversations to make interactions meaningful with farmers and others in related agriculture fields. 
    • Session 4 - Michigan Sugar factory, Potato production, and Farm financial management. ; Group tour:  see the impact Michigan sugar beets have on the agriculture economy, plus other value added farming enterprises.  Participants will also learn about farm financial management strategies and challenges.

    Participants are expected to attend all four sessions
    Cost: $300     All training supplies and lunches are included

  • Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series: Sprouting Healthy Eaters (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Online webinars

    Description:

    The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Online Courses (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    • May 15 - June 30, 2017: Foreign Verification Supplier Program
    • August 30 - December 15, 2017: Preventive Controls for Human Food
    • August 29 - October 12, 2018: Produce Safety

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Three (3) Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) courses are offered. Each course is based on a specific FSMA Final Rule. The courses will run every other year. The courses are presented completely online, using MSU’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system. These courses may be taken for graduate college credit under FSC 890, Sections 731, 732, and 733.  The objectives of these courses are to familiarize the students with the history, development, workings, and application of the Food Safety Modernization Act through three major administrative rules. These courses provide food industry and regulatory professionals with a legal perspective on the FDA FSMA Rules and are not Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified training courses. Topics to be covered include the history, law, policy, and legal application of the FSMA Rules. 

  • 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.

  • How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business (Spring/Summer 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    Variety of locations throughout Michigan

    Description:

    This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced, how to label and sell them. MSU Extension will be working with the MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources to cover the business aspects of the Cottage Food Law. Cost of the workshop is $20.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. This workshop will be taught by MSU Extension Food Safety and MSU Product Center Educators.

  • International Short Course: Food Safety (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 15 - 22, 2017.  Application deadline: June 15, 2017

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    This week-long International Short Course in Food Safety. The course focuses on food safety policy development, risk analysis, and program implementation. The course provides hands-on training and experience in various aspects of food safety in both public and private sector settings. Components of the course include:

    • Food systems, food safety, and international food trade
    • Regulatory and policy issues in food safety
    • Microbial and chemical hazards
    • Food safety issues with biotechnology products
    • Risk assessment, management, and communication
    • Food preservation including irradiation
    • Antibiotic resistance
    • Hazard detection system
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles and practice
    • Information and training resources in food safety
    • Field visits to food and meat processing sites in Michigan
  • Making It In Michigan Annual Conference and Trade Show (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Location:

    Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI, 48933.

    Description:

    Conference attendees will leave the conference equipped with the practical knowledge and industry resources needed to move an idea from the concept stage to a finished and marketable product. Attendees will be able to corroborate and refine business ideas, connecting with industry experts offering insights and tips on managing the common hurdles often encountered by food companies, including food safety, production, working with co-packers, marketing and supply chain issues.  

  • Michigan Food Hub Network and Michigan Farm to Institution Network Action Meeting (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 2, 2017.

    Location:

    Lansing Brewing Company, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    In this joint network action meeting of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and the Michigan Food Hub Network, you will contribute your expertise through open space sessions and innovation stations and collaborate to address the policy and practice challenges of getting more local foods to and through food hubs. Happy hour with cash bar to follow.

  • Online Master of Jurisprudence in Global Food Law

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Global Food Law program at Michigan State University College of Law is an entirely online program designed to provide both attorneys and food industry professionals with the skills necessary to succeed in a dynamic global marketplace. Our unique curriculum helps facilitate communications between scientists, lawyers, and everyone in between. Through the M.J. program, food industry professionals who do not have law degrees gain exposure to legal topics and an understanding of common legal and regulatory issues. The Global Food Law program consists of a flexible menu of courses taught by legal professionals and industry leaders. Students in the Global Food Law program benefit from the close alignment between the Law College and MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which co-sponsors an International Food Law Internet Certificate Program with the University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

  • Pasture-Based Cheese Open House at the Kellogg Biological Station (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 1, 2017.  4 pm - 8 pm

    Location:

    Kellogg Farm & Dairy Center, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.  Enter to park on N. 39th St., one block west of the intersection at N. 40th St. and East B Ave.

    Description:

    The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) will host a pasture-based cheese open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy’s pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store.

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