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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.

  • 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.

  • Anaerobic Digester Operator Training (July, August 2018)

    Dates:

    July 31 - August 2, 2018

    Location:

    MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    The purpose of this training is to provide guidance to anaerobic digester operators that will enable them to safely maximize biogas production and system life. The workshop will focus on development of intermediate to advanced operation skills that can be applied to agricultural, industrial and municipal systems. Participants will be exposed to a mix of classroom lectures, laboratory analysis and site visits to local systems.

  • 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.

  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Online Course (June - August 2018)

    Dates:

    The summer session registration closes on June 15, 2018, and the course material will be available to registrants from June 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2018.

    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 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 2018)

    Dates:

    July 16 - 20, 2018

     

    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.

  • Drainage Monitoring Field Day (July 2018)

    Dates:

    July 19, 2018.  10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Extension Office, River Raisin Room, 1040 S. Winter Street, Adrian, MI

    Description:

    In this workshop, participants will learn about edge-of-field monitoring of a drainage system and the research being conducted. In the morning, an informational presentation will include simple low-cost monitoring with a V-notch weir and water grab sampling as well as high-tech monitoring with an area-velocity sensor and automated water sampling. In the afternoon, we will visit an on-farm experiment to see the equipment. Some of the equipment will include the ATMOS-41 Weather Station, HYDROS-21 Water-Level Sensor, and TEROS-12 Soil Moisture Sensor (METER GROUP, Pullman, WA). Other equipment will include TIENet-350 Area-Velocity Sensor, Signature Data Logger, and 6712 Automated Sampler (Teledyne ISCO, Lincoln, NE).

  • 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 Workshops (Summer/Fall 2018)

    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 following workshops are offered in 2018:

    • Cut Flowers for Weddings and Events
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing
    • Crop Fertility
    • DIY Greens Dryer and Bubbler Build
    • Farmer Brain Trust
    • Peak CSA Roundtable
  • 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 Audit Guide: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (August, September 2018)

    Dates:

    August 8 - September 5, 2018

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Food Fraud MOOCs are outreach programs that include a two-week program with readings, a 2-hour lecture, and then a weekly assessment quiz. The objective of the Food Fraud MOOCs is to provide students with an insight into the emerging corporate need of Food Fraud prevention and specific topics. The Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC  will provide participants with insight on meeting the regulatory 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. There is a $100 fee for the pending Certificate of Completion.

    The MOOC is structured as two live webinar sessions. While registered students can view these online after 
    presentation, it is highly recommended that they be “attended” live to afford students the opportunity to pose questions to the instructors. Students will be given reading assignments and quizzes to demonstrate their understanding and application of presented materials and concepts. Students that successful complete the MOOC can receive a Certificate of Completion.



     

  • Food Fraud Overview: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (October/November 2018)

    Dates:

    October 25 - November 22, 2018

    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. For students who successfully complete the course and assessment a certificate of completion is offered.

  • Food Packaging Basics Workshop (November 2018)

    Dates:

    November 12 - 14, 2018

    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 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.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Online Courses

    Dates:

    • The Law of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule (FSC 851, summer semester in odd-numbered years)
    • The Law of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (FSC 852, fall semester of odd-numbered years)
    • The Law of the Produce Safety Rule (FSC 853, fall semester of even-numbered years)

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Three Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) courses are offered by MSU’s Institute for Food Laws and Regulations. Each course is based on a specific FSMA 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 or as non-credit courses.  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.

  • Garden Day Workshop (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 4, 2018.  8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

     

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Join us for a very special 25th Anniversary edition Garden Day and be inspired by 40 year veteran, Tracy Disabato-Aust! Tracy is an award winning garden designer, international speaker, best-selling author, and world class triathlete with a passion for plants and design as well as a dynamic inspiring message. In addition to two keynote presentations by Tracy, you'll enjoy your choice of two engaging workshops, garden tours, a book-signing with Tracy, morning coffee, lunch, materials and complimentary parking. You will also have the opportunity to peruse our Green Garden Marketplace for plants, books, garden accessories and other great buys!

  • 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.

  • Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Online Course (June - August 2018)

    Dates:

    June 1 - August 31, 2018

    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.

  • 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.

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