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  • 4-H Tractor Safety Program for Youth Farm Workers (April - May, 2018)

    Dates:

    Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A written and driving test will be given on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Location:

    NW Michigan Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy., Traverse City

    Description:

    Class curriculum follows the National Safe Tractor and Operational Machinery Program. Successful completion of a tractor operation safety course is required for all youth under the age of 16 who perform farm jobs classified as hazardous, under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupation Order. To become certified, participants must attend all five course sessions, pass a written test and a tractor driving test. 

    $85 per person– includes:  classes, manual, certificate and lunch on test day. Some scholarships are available if finances are an issue.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

    Location:

    Applicants attend classes in their county.

    Description:

    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.

  • Pollinator Health Meetings (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    • April 16, 2018: 6:00 pm 8:00 pm
    • April 17, 2018: Noon - 2:00 pm
    • May 9, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Location:

    • April 16, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: NW research center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684 (Contact: Duke Elsner)
    • April 17, 2018: Noon - 2:00 pm: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (Contact: Ben Phillips)
    • May 9, 2018: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Board Room at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460 (Contact: Carlos Garcia-Salazar)

    Description:

    MSU Extension educators and researchers are partnering to present the Pollinator Health Meetings, to discuss projects that MSU staff are working on and the opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a USDA funded project running for the next three years that aims to support honey bees, wild bees and monarch populations across Michigan. Please join us for a short presentation of current projects, followed by a discussion with extension educators and researchers on how we can support and build local efforts towards pollinator health in your region.

  • Safe Use of Animal-Based Soil Amendments: FSMA Requirements and Best Practices Workshop (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    Workshop locations and dates are as follows:

    • April 11-12, Detroit
    • April 16-17, Mt. Pleasant
    • April 19-20, Grand Junction
    • May 14-15, Traverse City
    • May 17-18, Chatham

    Description:

    This two-day workshop to teach produce growers safe practices for using biological soil amendments of animal origin in compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

  • Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 9, 2018.  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

     

    Location:

    • Benton Harbor - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    • Traverse City - Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684

    Description:

    This is a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan.  The following topics will be covered:

    • Soil Fertility
    • Site Selection
    • Wine Grape Varieties
    • Management of Key Pests
    • Site Preparation
    • Planting and Care
    • Vine Training
    • Trellis Construction
    • Vineyard Establishment Costs
    • Resources for Growers

    Lunch and refreshments are included.

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