Number of Programs: 4
March 13, 2018
Bay de Noc Community College, Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828
This conference will offer the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for farmers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
- Jan. 17, 2018: Seed Starting and Transplant Production
- Jan. 24, 2018: Reduced Tillage Vegetable Growing
- Jan. 31, 2018: Managing Your Farm Woodlot
- Feb. 7, 2018: Choosing Apple Varieties and Rootstocks for Your New Orchard
- Feb. 14, 2018: Organic Matter Basics
- Feb. 21, 2018: Fertilizer Basics
- Feb. 28, 2018: Livestock Basics
- Mar. 7, 2018: Raising Rabbits
- Mar. 14, 2018: Food Safety Modernization Act Basics: Am I Covered?
- Mar. 21, 2018: USDA and SARE Programs for Beginning Farmers
- Mar. 28, 2018: Pest Management Systems Compared
- Apr. 4, 2018: U-Pick Farm Business
- Apr. 11, 2018: Farm Business Basics #1
- Apr. 18, 2018: Farm Business Basics #2
- Apr. 25, 2018: Farm Business Basics #3
Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.
New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.
February 7 - 8, 2018
Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022
Southwest Horticulture Days is a trade show, an opportunity to continue education, and a social event for horticultural crop producers in Southwest Michigan. We will have material on wine grapes, juice grapes, tree fruit, blueberries, vegetables and small direct-market farmers. Southwest Hort Days 2018 will feature educational sessions taken to the next level with experts from around the state and around the nation including a few of your fellow fruit and vegetable growers. Topics of interest will include: climate change, pollinator conservation and cover cropping. The wine grape session will feature a special discussion on techniques to improve color stability in red vinifera both in the vineyard and in the winery. New this year will be a whole session on successfully tapping into the growing direct-market opportunities for fruit and vegetable in our region.
Friday, February 9, 2018. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Benton Harbor - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
- Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan. The following topics will be covered:
- Soil Fertility
- Site Selection
- Wine Grape Varieties
- Management of Key Pests
- Site Preparation
- Planting and Care
- Vine Training
- Trellis Construction
- Vineyard Establishment Costs
- Resources for Growers
Lunch and refreshments are included.