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  • Advanced Diagnostics Workshop: A Smart Gardeners Guide (June, July, August 2018)

    Dates:

    Three part series: Fridays, June 22, July 20, and August 24, 2018. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kent MSU Extension, 775 Ball Avenue, NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    Hone your gardening skills and gain confidence during this three-part, hands-on diagnostic series! Classroom sessions coupled with hands-on learning in a garden setting will help participants use science-based resources to diagnose many types of plant problems.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • Introduction to Landscape Design Concepts (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 6, 2017.  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location:

    Kent MSU Extension Office located at 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI

    Description:

    Great garden design combines the science of horticulture with basic artistic principals to create a harmonious living space.  Rebecca will demonstrate through a presentation and interactive discussion how you can use basic design concepts such as repetition, scale and unity along with common artistic principals of color, texture and line to enhance any size garden.

    Price: $20

  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as: fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and special interest topics for growers. The Expo also offers tours to area greenhouses and gardens.  The trade show has more than 380 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • MSU Income Tax School: Farm Tax Seminars (November, December 2016)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule in November and December 2016 at the website below.  Registration and materials pick-up begins at 8:00 am.  Instruction runs from 8:30 am - Noon.  

    Location:

    Please see current locations at the website below.

    Description:

    The half-day Farm Tax Seminars offer 4 CPE hours and are offered in several locations around the state. Farm tax issues including:

    • Bonus Depreciation
    • Repair and capitalization regulations for farms
    • Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)
    • Income Averaging
    • Conservation Reserve Program
    • Inherited property
    • Farm transfers
    • Valuation of growing crops
    • Payments to 4-H or FFA members
    • Farm depreciation
    • Recent rulings and cases affecting farms
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