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  • Dry Bean and Sugar Beet Symposium (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 16, 2018.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Horizons Conference Center: 6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603

    Description:

    This annual symposium offers research based information on improving production, marketing, and quality. This is the largest agriculture trade show in central Michigan. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

  • Emergency Response Training for Livestock Transport (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 11 - 12, 2018

    Location:

    Calhoun County Fairgrounds, 720 Fair St., Marshall, MI 49068

    Description:

    Most first responders lack training in handling large livestock and may not be familiar with aspects of farm animal behavior, livestock trucks, euthanasia methods and the many different people who need to be notified and involved in the response. Improperly handled livestock, especially those which are loose, can be a risk to responders, the public and a company’s public relations.

    MSU Extension has designed a comprehensive 2-day training that provides extensive education, advice and guidance on managing the scene of a rollover. Certification of completion will be issued for all program attendees from the program speakers.

  • Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series: Sprouting Healthy Eaters (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Online webinars

    Description:

    The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following.

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2018)

    Dates:

    Various dates in 2018. Please see the website listed below.

    Location:

    Various locations in Michigan. Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Organic Farm is offering the following workshops in 2018:
    • DIY Caterpillar Tunnel Build @ New City Urbran Farm in GR: Tuesday, April 10, 8am – noon; FREE
    • Designing your Packing Shed with Atina Diffley @ Eastminster Church in E Lansing; Monday, April 30, 9am – 4:30pm FREE (Full: Registration is closed)
    • Cut Flowers for Weddings & Events @ Seeley Farm: Sunday, July 15, 9am – 4pm
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing - Webinar with Trent Thompson from Green Gardens; Jill and Nate Lada from Green Things Farm, date & time (TBA in August or September)
    • Cheaper Really is Better: Crop Fertility - October, Location & Date TBA; Lee Arboreal from Live Edge Farm
    • DIY Greens Dryer & Bubbler Build @ Tilian Farm Development Center near Ann Arbor; November, Location & Date TBA
    • Peak CSA Roundtable - December, Date TBA, FREE
  • Farmer Field School: Work-Life Balance for Farmers Roundtable and Workshop (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lunch and Roundtable);  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Field School)

    Location:

    Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823

    Description:

    Together, farmers and others will share in discussion of successful (and unsuccessful) practices and approaches to finding balance between the work of farming and life off the farm or at least off the clock. How do passion, values, ideals, goals and financial security for the farm mesh with those of family and loved ones, and our own personal limits? A look at how and why we make the decisions we do and what we can learn from each other and understand about the farm and family life we choose.

    There is no charge for this workshop. Lunch provided.

  • Fate of the Earth Symposium (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 24, 2018

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Environmental Science and Policy Program has launched a symposium series to explore the challenges and opportunities we face in enhancing human well-being while protecting the environment. This symposium will bring distinguished thinkers from around the world to explore what we know, what we need to know and what we must do as we move into a century of unprecedented environmental change, technological advancement and scale of human activity. The event will include research focused seminars and discussion but will emphasize events and presentations that will speak to the broader MSU and Michigan community. In addition to live events and webcasts, the symposium will generate educational materials that can be used in classes and non-traditional education in the spring and beyond.

  • Field Crops Webinar Series (February, March 2018)

    Dates:

    Monday evenings: February 19 - March 26, 2018.  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This series of six online programs addresses field crop production and pest management. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and forage production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $20.00 for the full series of six webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops.

  • Food Aid Packaging Solutions Workshop Series (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 14 - 15, 2018

    Location:

    MSU School of Packaging, 448 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Gathering key food aid stakeholders to discuss the status of food aid commodity packaging, challenges, new technological advances, potential solutions, and identify next steps in optimizing food aid packaging. The workshop should result in a report outlining specific steps to address current challenges using readily available technologies (2018), as well as research and innovation opportunities within the next two years (2018-2020).

  • Food Fraud Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 1 - 28, 2017.  First live event: November 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Second live event: November 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm, USA Eastern Time.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Food Fraud Overview MOOC is a two-week program with readings, a 2-hour lecture, and then a weekly assessment quiz.  The objective of this course is to provide students with an insight into the emerging corporate need of Food Fraud Management. The course draws on a wide range of current experience and expertise, infusing many real-world applications and problem-solving exercises that will provide a framework for success in the future. The course will also serve as a forum for MSU to gain insight from the students who are working professionals, many of whom are leading their industries.Students will receive an MSU Food Fraud Overview MOOC Credential. This MOOC is positioned as a bridge between general webinars and the more intensive programs such as the graduate course, graduate certificate, or even a Food Fraud focus in a Master’s degree.

  • Food Packaging Basics Workshop (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 14 - 16, 2017

    Location:

    MSU School of Packaging's Ternes Outreach Center, 448 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI  48824 

    Description:

    This workshop will offer full insight in all aspects of food packaging including function, materials, systems and processes, shelf life estimation, active packaging, modified atmosphere packaging, distribution, food security and more!  You will leave this course better prepared to implement functional design elements and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations.

  • 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 custom to each workshops target 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.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Online Courses (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    • May 15 - June 30, 2017: Foreign Verification Supplier Program
    • August 30 - December 15, 2017: Preventive Controls for Human Food
    • August 29 - December 14, 2018: Produce Safety

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Three (3) Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) courses are offered. Each course is based on a specific FSMA Final Rule. The courses will run every other year. The courses are presented completely online, using MSU’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system. These courses may be taken for graduate college credit under FSC 890, Sections 731, 732, and 733.  The objectives of these courses are to familiarize the students with the history, development, workings, and application of the Food Safety Modernization Act through three major administrative rules. These courses provide food industry and regulatory professionals with a legal perspective on the FDA FSMA Rules and are not Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified training courses. Topics to be covered include the history, law, policy, and legal application of the FSMA Rules. 

  • FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food- Blended Training Course (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 30, 2017.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    Michigan State University, 474 S Shaw Lane, 1310 Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires every processing facility falling under the regulation to have at least one "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual" to help develop and implement the required Food Safety Plan. **NEW** The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Blended Training course was developed to provide individuals an alternative to the instructor-led 3-day program to complete the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course.  The Blended course consists of 2 parts. Part 1 is online and Part 2 is instructor-led. Both parts must be completed in order to obtain the certificate. For a clear understanding of this option please click on Blended Training course Background Information. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI).”

  • Genetics Symposium: Genetics Applications for Improving Food Security (May 2018)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

    Location:

    Molecular Plant Sciences, Room 1200,1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Speakers at the 2018 mini-symposium include:

    • Susan Lamont, PhD, Iowa State University, Title: Poultry Genomics to Improve Global Food Security
    • Jonathan Lynch, PhD, Penn State University, Title: Roots of the Second Green Revolution
    • Vincent Lombard, PhD, Monsanto Company, Title: Food Security Through Yield Security: Monsanto Plant Breeding Example
    • Dina Proestou, PhD, USDA ARS, Title: Breeding a Better Oyster: Experimental, Genetic, and Genomic Approaches to Understanding Disease Resistance in the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea Virginica
    • Deborah Velez-Irizarry, PhD Candidate, Title: Expression QTL and Allele Specific Expression of Muscle Gene Transcripts Exhibiting Joint Association with Polygenic Trait Phenotypes in a Pig Resource Population
    • Eric Olson, PhD, Michigan State University, Title: A Role for the D Genome to Increase and Protect Grain Yield in Wheat
  • Grand Rapids Smart Gardening Conference (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 3, 2018.  8:45 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    Gardeners will be inspired by talks and topics that will make their gardens the best they can be.  Topics include: Designing the Resource-Responsible Garden; Finding Garden Inspiration with Smart Perennials for Michigan Gardens; Cultivating Success from your Garden Soils--Might Not be What You Think; and Flowers and Foliage for Smart Gardeners.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 8 - 10, 2018

     

    Location:

    Soaring Eagle Casino Resort and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference is dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to labor management and environmental stewardship. In addition to the quality line up of educational speakers, spouses will not want to miss the popular Partners Program, which promises a variety of entertaining and educational sessions. The Conference is the home base for the annual Dairy Industry Recognition Night where the industry’s leading producers, dairy scholarship winners and dairy judging team members are recognized and honored.

  • Grower Produce Safety Certification Course (Fall 2017, Winter 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule using the weblinks below.

    Location:

    • Detroit - Oct. 23, 2017 - The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
    • Frankenmuth - Nov. 6, 2017 - Bavarian Inn, 1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
    • Grand Rapids - Dec. 7, 2017 - Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Hart – Jan. 4, 2018 – Oceana County MSU Extension, 844 S. Griswold Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Saginaw – Jan. 12, 2018 – Saginaw Community Foundation, 1 Tuscola Street, Saginaw MI 48607
    • Traverse City – Jan. 18, 2018 – Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
    • Adrian – Jan. 22, 2018 – MSU Extension Lenawee County, 1040 S. Winter Street, Adrian MI 49221
    • Hart – Jan. 31, 2018 - Oceana County MSU Extension, 844 S. Griswold Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Benton Harbor – Feb. 6, 2018 – Tatter Center, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Hudsonville – Feb. 15, 2018 – Terra Square, Market Space, 3380 Chicago Drive, Hudsonville, MI 49426
    • Lapeer – Feb. 22, 2018 – Lapeer County Center, 425 County Center Drive, Lapeer, MI 48446
    • Benton Harbor – Mar. 1, 2018 – Tatter Center, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Grand Rapids – Mar. 15, 2018 – Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Sault Ste. Marie – Mar. 21, 2018 – Bayliss Public Library, 541 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (For Sault Ste. Marie ONLY registration and training will begin at 10 am.)

    Description:

    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.)

  • 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.

  • How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business (Spring/Summer 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    Variety of locations throughout Michigan

    Description:

    This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced, how to label and sell them. MSU Extension will be working with the MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources to cover the business aspects of the Cottage Food Law. Cost of the workshop is $20.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. This workshop will be taught by MSU Extension Food Safety and MSU Product Center Educators.

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