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  • Agricultural Operations Certificate Program (Battle Creek, Centreville, Dowagiac, Monroe, Muskegon, Scottville, Sidney, University Center)


    • Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
    • Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, MI
    • Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI
    • Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI
    • Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI
    • West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI
    • Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI
    • Delta College, University Center, MI



    Michigan State University partners with colleges and universities across the state to offer regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered locally at the partnering institution.

    The 55-credit Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management. It exposes students to exciting opportunities available in the industry.

  • Fall Grower Produce Safety Certification Courses (October - December 2018)


    • Hart – Oct. 9, 2018 – Oceana County MSU Extension, 844 S. Griswold Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Dundee - Nov. 7, 2018 - Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd E, Dundee, MI 48131
    • Grand Rapids – Dec. 6, 2018 - Amway Grand Hotel - 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (following the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo)


    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP‘s), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate.  (Chose one site.)

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program


    Applicants attend classes in their county.


    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.

  • Pest Management Update Meetings (January, February 2019)


    January 10, February 4, 6, 7, 19, 21, 2019.  9:00 am - 2:30 pm.


    • Jan. 10, 2019 - Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
    • Feb. 4, 2019 - MSU Extension-Ottawa County, 12220 Fillmore St., Ste. 122, West Olive, MI 49460
    • Feb. 6, 2019 - Sanilac Career Center, 175 E. Aiken Rd., Peck, MI 48466
    • Feb. 7, 2019 - Van Buren ISD Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064
    • Feb. 19, 2019 - MSU Extension-Lenawee County, 1040 S. Winter Street, Ste. 2020, Adrian, MI 49221
    • Feb. 21, 2019 - Saginaw Valley Research & Education Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48732


    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 2019 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.

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