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  • 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.

  • Shining a Light on Agricultural Solar Energy Development Information Sessions (March, April 2019)


    March 14, March 19, March 28, and April 10, 2019


    • March 14, 2019: Forward Conference Center, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch, MI 48861
    • March 19, 2019: Ottawa County Fillmore Government Complex, Main Conference Room,12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
    • March 28, 2019: AgroLiquid Conference Center, 3055 W. M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879
    • April 10, 2019: Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Dr., Chatham, MI 49816


    In Michigan, solar energy developers are actively contacting farmers and landowners to secure land for solar energy projects. In an effort to help farmers and landowners understand the renewable energy landscape, nuances of solar leases, zoning considerations, and accompanying tax implications, MSU Extension, Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Energy Office are teaming up to host programs for farmers at various locations statewide. MSU Extension staff with lease agreement, tax, and zoning expertise will provide the educational content. Farmers who participate in the programs will leave with valuable, practical knowledge they can use to determine if a solar lease agreement is a sound decision for themselves and their community.

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