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  • Agricultural Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

    280 Plant and Soil Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    This 18-month program integrates a wide range of disciplines including business, leadership, technology and communications through hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats.  Of the 48 credits required for the Certificate, 30 are for required classes and the remaining 18 credits can vary with area of interest including agronomy, animal science, horticulture, welding and mechanics.  It is possible for students to complete the Agricultural Industries Certificate and transfer on to a four-year degree program. This program consists of both on-campus learning and hands-on experiences through a professional internship. The program also allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.

  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Seminar Series (Spring and Fall)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below.

     

    Location:

    Room 75, Agriculture Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824--unless otherwise noted.

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics offers several seminar series each Fall and Spring semester. Please check the Website below for the current schedule.

  • Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Precision Technology That Pays (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 26, 2019.  8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Farms, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Precision Technology That Pays. Experts will detail how implementing technology that aids in decision-making can improve yields, increase profit margins, and reduce environmental impacts. This educational field day will discuss tools and techniques that will help farmers make data-based decisions that can improve their farm’s efficiencies and showcase how data collected from various points of production agriculture come together as important components in the smart use of technology.

  • Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC)

    Location:

    MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    The mission of the Michigan State University Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (MSU ADREC) is to provide a platform for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-national collaborations that develop sustainable waste-to-resource solutions to address current and future waste utilization challenges. The research and development activities in the center are focusing on developing the technologies that are able to economically address waste utilization needs of our global community. The specific objectives are to: 1) develop novel waste-to-resource technologies capable to convert organic wastes into value-added products, 2) fulfill commercialization and technology transfer of new waste-to-resource concepts, and 3) educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and policymakers on waste utilization design and practice.

  • Annual International Education Week (November 2019)

    Dates:

    November 18 - 22, 2019

    Location:

    East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and MSU is proud to have been a leader of international education, research, and collaboration for over half a century. Join International Studies and Programs in celebrating MSU's world-grant legacy!

  • Artisan Hands-On Basic Cheese Making Workshop (June 2019)

    Dates:

    June 12 - 14, 2019

    Location:

    MSU Dairy Plant, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Participants will learn about milk quality, ingredients, processes for making a variety of cheeses, techniques and requirements for aging cheese and planning to establish a farmstead or artisan cheese business. The heart of the workshop is the hands-on opportunity for participants to make a number of cheeses, that may include fresh lactic, Italian, Alpine, Dutch and American varieties from goat and cow milk. A cheese tasting, featuring locally produced cheeses, takes place Thursday evening.

  • Bee Palooza (June 2019)

    Dates:

    Sunday, June 23, 2019. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Bee Palooza is a free, fun and educational event organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators. Stations are set up around the gardens and can be visited in any order. On display are active honey bee and bumble bee colonies, examples of wild Michigan bees and wild bee hotels, plants and gardening practices to support pollinators, as well as demonstrations about how important bees are to food production. Guided wild bee tours and other hands-on activities are offered throughout the afternoon event.

  • Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center

    Dates:

    At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at 517-353-2245 to schedule a tour. Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the 7 days prior to visiting the farm.

    Location:

    5307 Bennett Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    MSU's Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and, ultimately, consumers in Michigan. Research projects at the Center look at the productivity of Michigan feedlots, reproductive physiology, and ruminant nutrition. Tour groups from all over the world come to observe the facilities and techniques involved in the management of a commercial size feedlot.

  • 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.

  • Center for Advanced Study of International Development

    Location:

    202 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) promotes and coordinates the work of faculty and students interested in developing countries from the perspectives of the social sciences and liberal arts. CASID has a strong commitment to its outreach mission serving K-12 teachers and students, post-secondary institutions, government, and business.  Outreach resources include: Publications; K-12 Outreach (LATTICE); Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education; International Business Institute for Community College Faculty, and International Business Center (CIBER). 

     

  • Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment

    Location:

    301 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    The Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) provides the tools needed to combat bioterrorism and ward off global outbreaks of infectious diseases. Along with a consortium of scientists from six other universities, MSU's Joan Rose and other MSU scientists will use the center to help shape policy and create a global strategy for dealing with these microbial risks.

  • Center for Economic Analysis

    Location:

    Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments
  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

    Location:

    115 Manly Miles Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales. The objectives include: conducting cutting-edge research on emerging issues related to ecological sustainability; training new generations of leading scholars for interdisciplinary research; and disseminating research findings across the globe.

  • Dairy Days and Annual Michigan Dairy Expo (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 15 - 19, 2019

     

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Michigan Dairy Expo is a week-long event that combines youth activities and contests conducted during Youth Dairy Days with purebred dairy breed association youth and open show events. The mission of Michigan Dairy Expo is to encourage and promote youth involvement in dairy activities, showcase the Michigan dairy industry, and provide continuing education opportunities for the dairy industry in Michigan and neighboring states.

    During Michigan Youth Dairy Days, youth will compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various competitions, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging contests, and the Dairy Days youth show.

  • Dairy Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience on several cooperating dairy operations around MSU. Courses in dairy cattle health and evaluation are regularly conducted at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan. Farms across Michigan are utilized in other courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about dairy management and cutting edge research at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center located south of campus in East Lansing.  Students interested in pasture based systems and robotic milking can become involved in teaching and research programs at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.

    Description:

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program. Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee. Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.  Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and most importantly, dairy industry leaders, including producers, during their education. Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program. The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

  • Electrical Technology Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The Electrical Technology Certificate Program is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring. Students study the latest electrical codes, electrical fundamentals, various electrical installations, motor controls, and solid state electronic applications. Throughout the program, students are also provided training in energy efficiency and alternate power systems.  This program provides the advanced technical training that is important for a successful career in the electrical field.  The diverse and intensive educational experience allows graduates to manage new technologies and electrical codes, to solve problems, and make safe and efficient electrical installations in an ever changing field.

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2019)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. These are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information built upon the foundational work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.  The 2019 topics include: Forcing bulbs, flowers and branches for early spring flower sales; weeds and cultivation for lean farm production; Lansing farm tours; Grand Rapids farm tours; Build a greens dryer and bubbler; farmer brain trust; food security roundtable; and Expo of Small Farm Innovation.

  • Food Defense Audit Guide: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    Dates:

    The course is offered monthly with content available on-demand. Live lecture webinars with updates are offered semiannually.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Food Defense Audit Guide MOOC will provide participants with insight on meeting the regulatory and industry compliance requirements the likes of GFSI, FSMA, ISO, Sarbanes-Oxley and other Food Defense regulations and industry standards. Those key requirements are: (1) conduct an incident review, (2) conduct a Food Defense Threat Assessment (FDTA), (3) implement a Food Defense Prevention Strategy (FDPS), and (4) demonstrate management commitment.

    This free course is delivered in two, 2-hour webinars. If the exam is successfully passed, a Certificate of Completion is available for $100 fee.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories, campus horticultural facilities for teaching and research, and a professional internship.  The 48-credit East Lansing based program is 3- 4 semesters of classroom instruction and a semester off-campus in a professional internship. It couples academics with hands-on field practice and also offers study abroad opportunities.

    Students will benefit from a core set of classes in applied plant science, soil science, entomology, irrigation systems, pruning, career development, and plant pathology.  The core required courses lay the foundation for understanding the best practices in fruit and vegetable production.   Through a wide range of elective courses in agribusiness, agricultural technology, and horticulture students can then tailor their studies to individual preferences.  Examples of elective areas include agri-food systems, sales, agricultural finance, organic farming, greenhouses, plant propagation and much more in the management of plant production.

  • Garden Day Workshop (August 2019)

    Dates:

    August 3, 2019.  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Join us for 2019 Garden Day with our keynote Matt Ross from Longwood Gardens! Matthew Ross is the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens where he oversees the development and delivery of over 170 programs annually in the concentrations of ornamental horticulture, landscape design, visual arts, and floral design.

    Matt will give two keynote talks titled "Go Green, Go White, Get Variegated" and "Hidden Gems: The Best Gardens in America You've Never Heard Of".  In addition, there will be nine break-out sessions to choose from as well.

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