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  • 4-H Tractor Safety Program for Youth Farm Workers (April - May, 2018)

    Dates:

    Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A written and driving test will be given on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Location:

    NW Michigan Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy., Traverse City

    Description:

    Class curriculum follows the National Safe Tractor and Operational Machinery Program. Successful completion of a tractor operation safety course is required for all youth under the age of 16 who perform farm jobs classified as hazardous, under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupation Order. To become certified, participants must attend all five course sessions, pass a written test and a tractor driving test. 

    $85 per person– includes:  classes, manual, certificate and lunch on test day. Some scholarships are available if finances are an issue.

  • Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Fruit and Vegetable Technologies (June 2018)

    Dates:

    June 28, 2018.  8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Fruit and Vegetable Technologies offers a variety of fruit, vegetable and grape growing technologies, including the latest information on pollinators and equipment. The event is free and includes lunch.

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

    Location:

    Applicants attend classes in their county.

    Description:

    The Michigan Master Gardener Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by MSU Extension. It provides home gardening information to Michigan citizens through a network of trained volunteers. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites. Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide volunteer leadership and service to their community through a variety of gardening-related activities. The program objectives are to provide instruction in basic horticultural science to motivated active gardeners and to provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.

  • 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.

  • Viticulture Certificate 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.

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