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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.

  • 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.

  • Ag Action Day (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 26, 2018.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West 0 Ave, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

    Description:

    Ag Action provides a full day of educational sessions focusing on agriculture, food safety and home gardening topics, featuring a trade show highlighting products and services provided by local businesses.  The Restricted Use Pesticide Exam will be given between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  If you are only taking the RUP Exam there will be an admission fee of $5 for entrance to Ag Action. This fee does not include lunch or cost of the exam.

  • Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series (January - February 2018)

    Dates:

    • January 18, 2018: Estimating System Production
    • January 25, 2018: Assessing System Cost
    • February 1, 2018: Forecasting the Value of Electricity
    • February 8, 2018: Understanding Incentives
    • February 15, 2018: Conducting a Financial Analysis
    • February 22, 2018: Photovoltaic Solar Example

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions.

  • 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 for Tomorrow Conference (Escanaba, MI) (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 13, 2018

    Location:

    Bay de Noc Community College, Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828

    Description:

    This conference will offer the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for farmers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

  • ANR Week - Agriculture and Natural Resources Annual Event (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 3 - 10, 2018

     

    Location:

    MSU's campus in East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    ANR Week 2018 provides a wide-variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources. Some programs include: Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training and Certification Program; Michigan Farmers Market Conference; Horticultural Therapy Conference; Michigan FFA Annual Convention; Michigan Beekeepers' Association Spring Conference; Managing Soil, Crop Nutrient Management Systems and Water Quality Conference; Michigan Wildflower Conference; Better Process Control School; 8-Hour ServSafe, and many more!

  • 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.

  • ArcGIS II: Beyond the Basics Course (August, November 2017)

    Dates:

    August 23, 2017 and November 8, 2017

    Location:

    Eppley Center, Room 109, Business College Complex, 645 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    This one-day course will move beyond the basics by teaching participants how to properly structure a geodatabase, georeference data, edit vector data using a variety of advanced techniques, and create secondary data from existing raster datasets, such as cartographic contours and distance information. Participants will also construct geo-processing models using ModelBuilder and save them to their own custom toolbox. The course culminates in the creation of a map that incorporates advanced techniques such as page definitions, inset maps and data-driven pages.

  • Artisan Hands-On Basic Cheese Making Workshop (July 2018)

    Dates:

    July 11 - 13, 2018

    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.

  • Bay/Thumb Area Vegetable Meeting (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 20, 2018.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Walli’s Family Restaurant (2nd floor)* 1341 Center Rd, Burton, MI 48509

    Description:

    This meeting will cover the following topics: greenhouse media; nematode assessment; cultivation tools; transplant diseases; herbicide damage; farm stress services; GMO discussion; farm labor services; worker protection standard; and produce safety services. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - April 2018)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 17, 2018: Seed Starting and Transplant Production
    • Jan. 24, 2018: Reduced Tillage Vegetable Growing
    • Jan. 31, 2018: Managing Your Farm Woodlot
    • Feb. 7, 2018: Choosing Apple Varieties and Rootstocks for Your New Orchard
    • Feb. 14, 2018: Organic Matter Basics
    • Feb. 21, 2018: Fertilizer Basics
    • Feb. 28, 2018: Livestock Basics
    • Mar. 7, 2018: Raising Rabbits
    • Mar. 14, 2018: Food Safety Modernization Act Basics: Am I Covered?
    • Mar. 21, 2018: USDA and SARE Programs for Beginning Farmers
    • Mar. 28, 2018: Pest Management Systems Compared
    • Apr. 4, 2018: U-Pick Farm Business
    • Apr. 11, 2018: Farm Business Basics #1
    • Apr. 18, 2018: Farm Business Basics #2
    • Apr. 25, 2018: Farm Business Basics #3

    Location:

    Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.

    Description:

    New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

  • Better Process Control School (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 6-7, 2018: Two day: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School March 6-9, 2018:Four day: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

    Location:

    Michigan State University, Erickson Hall, Room 228, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Federal regulations require that each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Participants may choose from the two-day acidified foods program or the four-day acidified foods and low-acid canned foods program.  Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.

  • 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). 

     

  • Commodity Marketing Update for Grains and Dairy Sessions (2017)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, April 25:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, June 27: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Oct. 31:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19:  10 a.m. to Noon (CANCELLED)

     

    Location:

    Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan 48471 OR Online webinar

    Description:

    All farm producers are welcome to attend the session live session which will be held at the Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan or join online as part of the webinar.
    The host for these meetings will be Dennis Stein, Farm Management Educator.

  • Cottage Food Law Workshop (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 15, 2018.  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    Rudyard Twp. Hall 18725 S Mackinac Trail Rudyard, MI

    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.

    Cost of this program is $15.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. 

  • Dairy Food Processing One-Day Introductory Workshops

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complex houses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following one-day introductory workshops are offered:

    • Fluid Milk
    • Cleaning and Sanitation
    • Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
    • Cultured Dairy Foods
    • Cheese Making
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Dairy Food Processing Two-Day Short Courses

    Location:

    2100B S. Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Dairy Foods Complexhouses research and teaching laboratories as well as a small, state of the art process facility for milk and dairy foods. The faculty and staff of the Dairy Foods Complex are regularly involved as invited speakers or writers for educational programs and publications targeted to the consumer. Visitors to the observation deck of the complex may watch a self-guided multimedia presentation explaining the technology behind the processing of fluid milk, ice cream and cheese. The following two-day short courses are offered:

    • Pasteurizer Operators
    • Clean-in-Place (CIP)
  • Dairy Foods Complex/ Dairy Store

    Location:

    Anthony Hall, 474 South Shaw Lane, Room 2100B, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Dairy Foods Complex facility enhances the ability of scientists to address the important issues in the dairy industry, such as food safety, diet and health, and new technologies. The faculty in the department serve as an important resource for the dairy processing industries in Michigan. During the last 15 to 20 years, the technology incorporated in dairy plant design and the detail in regulation has become increasingly complex. A modern processing plant aids in the training of industry and regulatory personnel for Michigan's dairy processing industries. The Dairy Food Complex also acts as an important educational tool for educators working on food and career units in schools and other groups. Tours and drop-in visits by the public result in over 10,000 visitors per year.

  • Dairy Price Risk Management Workshop (November 2017)

    Dates:

    November 29, 2017.  10:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Location:

    AgroLiquid 3055 M-21 St Johns, MI 48879

    Description:

    This program will allow producers to become more familiar and comfortable with using price risk management tools and developing pricing strategies for the future.

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