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  • Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

    Location:

    Located on the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope (4301 Farm Lane) on the Campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Pavilion sponsors numerous animal shows, including: horse, cattle, sheep, rabbits, and dogs. The Pavilion is also used for livestock sales. The facility is handicapped-accessible, offers easy access on-site lighted parking, full concessions, and an on-site licensed campground equipped with electrical hook-up, dump station, shower facilities and water tank fill-up locations.

  • Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 11, 12, 15, 19, 23, or 25, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    • Jan. 11, 2018 - Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns, MI  48879
    • Jan. 12, 2018 - Sanilac Career Center, 175 E. Aiken Road, Peck, MI  48466
    • Jan. 15, 2018-  Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI  49047
    • Jan. 19, 2018-  Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI  48734
    • Jan. 23, 2018- Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee, MI  48131
    • Jan. 25, 2018- Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI  49070

    Description:

    These programs are designed to help producers learn about new pests in Michigan and changes in MSU Extension recommendations in field crop weed, insect and disease control and soil fertility to use for the 2018 growing season. The registration fee is $30.00 per person, which includes the cost of lunch, refreshments and the 2018 E-434 MSU Weed Control Guide for Field Crops and Forages.

  • Pesticide Safety Online Bulletins and Certification Manuals

    Description:

    The MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program offers many pest management bulletins and certification manuals.

  • 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
  • Pollinator Health Meetings (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    • April 16, 2018: 6:00 pm 8:00 pm
    • April 17, 2018: Noon - 2:00 pm
    • May 9, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Location:

    • April 16, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: NW research center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684 (Contact: Duke Elsner)
    • April 17, 2018: Noon - 2:00 pm: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (Contact: Ben Phillips)
    • May 9, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Board Room at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460 (Contact: Carlos Garcia-Salazar)

    Description:

    MSU Extension educators and researchers are partnering to present the Pollinator Health Meetings, to discuss projects that MSU staff are working on and the opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a USDA funded project running for the next three years that aims to support honey bees, wild bees and monarch populations across Michigan. Please join us for a short presentation of current projects, followed by a discussion with extension educators and researchers on how we can support and build local efforts towards pollinator health in your region.

  • Pork Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension serves the pork industry by providing decisionmakers with unbiased, research-based information about all aspects of pork production. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, MSUE works to enhance the production of safe, nutritious, high-quality pork in an environmentally, economically sustainable and socially responsible manner.

    MSU Extension provides education for all aspects of swine production, including intensively managed commercial operations, niche pork farms, sport farms, and youth show pig producers.

  • Poultry Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on poultry production brings together cross-discipline educators and researchers who work with both commercial poultry producers, small flock owners, and youth.

  • Powering Michigan Agriculture Webinar Series (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 25, 2018: Black Star Farms
    • February 1, 2018: Miller Family Farm
    • February 8, 2018: Grand Valley Farm

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    There is a great deal of energy efficiency and renewable energy expertise in the Michigan farming community. The purpose of this webinar series is to provide a forum where farmers, as content experts, give a 15-20 minute presentation on the impact of energy reduction and savings through the various energy efficiency and renewable energy practices they’ve implemented, talk about lessons learned, and then answer questions. Case studies for each farm will be made available to each participant.

  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Training

    Location:

    2nd Floor Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Description:

    RSGIS provides spatial analysis services to local and state government agencies.  Recognized as the leading source of spatial technology expertise in the state, RSGIS staff assists the State of Michigan with data acquisition, quality control, and software programming.  They also provide training workshops in GIS, remote sensing and cartography for working professionals.  They operate an imagery archive that houses photo and satellite images for the state of Michigan from the 1930s to present.  They employ a number of geography undergraduate and graduate students on many projects.

  • Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Core Manual Review Clinics and Credit Clinics (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below. 

    Location:

    Various locations around Michigan

    Description:

    PSEP offers certification training and updates for pesticide applicators, as well as education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety.

    Credit Clinics: Offer 8 MDARD CEUs at each PCC Seminar: Core (Priv. or Comm.), 3A, 3B, 5, or 6 have been applied for.Cost per seminar

    Core Manual Review Clinics: Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The three hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. The review is held in the morning and the MDARD exams are given that afternoon. Three Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core are also available for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits.

  • 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.

  • Safe Use of Animal-Based Soil Amendments: FSMA Requirements and Best Practices Workshop (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    Workshop locations and dates are as follows:

    • April 11-12, Detroit
    • April 16-17, Mt. Pleasant
    • April 19-20, Grand Junction
    • May 14-15, Traverse City
    • May 17-18, Chatham

    Description:

    This two-day workshop to teach produce growers safe practices for using biological soil amendments of animal origin in compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (Frankenmuth, MI)

    Location:

    3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    Most of the dry bean and sugar beet production in Michigan is located in the Saginaw Valley and the Thumb area. Michigan is the No. 1 producer of black beans, the No. 2 producer of all dry beans and the No. 4 producer of sugar beets in the country. Research at the center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in a variety of commodities by offering growers the latest information on crop management and tillage techniques, new variety trials, and pest and weed control with minimal environmental impact. In addition to dry bean and sugar beet research, studies at the 310-acre site explore other important rotational crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.

  • Seafood Alliance HACCP Training Course (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    Ojibway Casino Resort, 16449 Michigan Ave. (M - 38), Baraga, MI

    Description:

    Commercial fish processors are required either to obtain formal training for one or more of their own employees or to hire trained independent contractors to perform the HACCP functions. The HACCP regulation requires processors to keep extensive records of processing and sanitation at their facilities. The Seafood HACCP regulation defines processing as handling, storing, preparing, heading, eviscerating, shucking, freezing, changing into different market forms, manufacturing, preserving, packing, labeling, dockside unloading, or holding fish or fishery products. All fish processors are required to take this training if they are not currently certified. Those completing the course will receive a Seafood Alliance HACCP Certificate issued through the Association of Food and Drug Officials that is recognized by agencies regulating fish processors.

  • ServSafe 8 Hour and 16 Hour Courses (2018)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming offerings at the website below.

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  Please see the website below.

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension offers ServSafe, a national certification program for those working in food service, specifically managers and other leaders. ServSafe teaches about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees about the latest food safety issues. The ServSafe Manager course uses proven techniques, provides new Food & Drug Administration food code rules and content related to the food industry.

    Topics include: providing safe food, forms of contamination, the safe food handler, the flow of food, food safety management systems, safe facilities & pest management, cleaning & sanitizing. This course provides participants education to successfully pass the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

  • Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Forums (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    MSU Union, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    This lecture series offers students, faculty, staff and the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The faculty panel will bring their unique research, teaching and writing experiences from a wide range of disciplines to explore contemporary and historical issues. Refreshments are provided.

     

  • Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory Services

    Location:

    Plant and Soil Sciences Building, Room A81, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory (SPNL) offers a variety of analytical services on samples of soil, greenhouse growth media, composts, plant tissue, water and other materials related to the growing of plants (crops) received from commercial and part-time farmers, greenhouse operations, golf courses, homeowners, consultants, researchers, and others. The SPNL reaches out to the general public through educational displays and presentations at expositions, conferences and meetings of organizations. Numerous groups tour the SPNL facilities throughout the year.

  • Soil Ecology and Management Information Resource

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

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