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  • 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.

  • Apprentice Farmer Program (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    UPREC North Farm, E. 3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI  49816

    Description:

    The Apprentice Farmer Program is a farm incubator program that aims to serve as the launching point for individuals interested in starting their own farming enterprise. This two-year, residential program provides farming entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and assistance needed to ensure a solid start to their farming career.

    Land, equipment, tools, and mentorship are provided to qualified applicants so they can develop a business plan, establish accounts, build capital, and fine-tune skills. The apprentice farmers will grow alongside the talented North Farm staff and other apprentice farmers, sharing ideas, techniques, and labor.

  • 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.

  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Online Course (June - August 2019)

    Dates:

    For Summer 2019:  Registration period: May;  Course available to students: June - August

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on biological control is the third course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website. The content of the course covers introductory materials to more advanced concepts such as utilizing banker plants. The material is also available in Spanish. The 4-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into six units:

    • Unit 1: Introduction to Greenhouse Biological Control
    • Unit 2: Commercially Available Biological Control Agents 
    • Unit 3: Using Banker Plants in Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 4: Implementing a Biological Control Program      
    • Unit 5: Interactions of Pesticides and Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 6: Greenhouse Examples of Biological Control Systems: Application Strategy and Costs
  • 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). 

     

  • 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 Open House at the Kellogg Biological Station (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 27, 2019. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

     

    Location:

    Pasture Dairy Center, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    Come and delight in MSU ice cream and cheese, while in sight of the cows whose milk creates our dairy foods! We will have family and kid friendly activities. Guests can enjoy a wagon ride, check out tractors and learn about Michigan’s agricultural landscapes. Wagon tours depart every half hour starting at 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See you on the farm!

  • 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.

  • Food Fraud 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 semi-annually.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Food Fraud 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 Fraud regulations and industry standards. Those key requirements are: (1) conduct an incident review, (2) conduct a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA), (3) implement a Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS), and (4) demonstrate management commitment.

    The MOOC is offered monthly and consists of two, 2-hour sessions. Registration and participation are free. If the exam is successfully passed, a Certificate of Completion is available for $100 fee.

  • Food Fraud Overview: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    Dates:

    The Food Fraud MOOC courses are offered monthly, with on-demand content for self-paced learning. Live lecture webinars with updates are scheduled semiannually.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This course starts with an introduction to MOOCs and Food Fraud in general. Additional content includes: global laws and regulations which are both governmental- and industry-led, a review of the fraudsters and fraud events, an introduction to criminology theory and methods to assess the fraud opportunity, systems and techniques to both identify efficient countermeasures and to reduce specific vulnerabilities, and then next steps for governments or companies.

    Each course includes two, 2-hour webinars. For students who successfully complete the course and assessment a certificate of completion is offered for $100 fee.

  • Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment and Food Fraud Prevention Strategy Development: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Food Fraud VACCP Implementation MOOC provides insight on the broad GFSI-based requirements to develop and implement a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA) and a Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS). Together the FFVA and FFPS create a Vulnerability Assessment and Critical Control Point system or VACCP. The VACCP concept is one of the three GFSI Food Safety Management System requirements that include a food safety Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system (HACCP) and a food defense Threat Analysis and Critical Control Point system (TACCP).

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

    The recommend sequence is: the Food Fraud Overview MOOC, the Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC, the Food
    Defense Audit Guide MOOC, and the Food Fraud VACCP Implementation MOOC

  • Food Law Non-Credit Online Courses

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The MSU Online Food Program has partnered with Institute for Food Laws and Regulations to offer non-credit professional short courses are for anyone interested in learning about a new topic or in need of a refresher. Taught at the graduate level with material provided by our excellent instructors. Upon completion of a short course, students will earn a Certificate of Participation and those who complete the course with a score of 90% or higher will earn a Certificate of Mastery.

    • FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule
    • FSMA: Produce Safety
    • FSMA: Preventive Controls Rule
  • Food Preservation and Safety Workshops

    Dates:

    Various. Please see the website below.

    Location:

    Various. Please see the website below.

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension food preservation workshops cover a variety of topics customized to each  audience. Food preservation topics may include freezing, boiling water bath canning, pressure canning and dehydrating.  MSU Extension food safety educators teach food preservation skills and techniques that will provide participants with safe, high-quality canned products. Using up to date research methods, participants learn how to successfully and safely preserve food.

  • 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.

  • Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Online Course (June - August 2019)

    Dates:

    For the Summer 2019 course: Registration: May;  Course available to students: June - August

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting is the second course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website. The course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity, and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content based on experiments performed at Michigan State and Purdue Universities. The course is also available in Spanish.

  • Horse Management Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.

  • Institute of Water Research

    Location:

    101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

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