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  • 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.

  • Dairy Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience on several cooperating dairy operations around MSU. Courses in dairy cattle health and evaluation are regularly conducted at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan. Farms across Michigan are utilized in other courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about dairy management and cutting edge research at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center located south of campus in East Lansing.  Students interested in pasture based systems and robotic milking can become involved in teaching and research programs at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.

    Description:

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program. Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee. Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.  Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and most importantly, dairy industry leaders, including producers, during their education. Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program. The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

  • 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).

  • Dunbar Forest Experiment Station (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

    Location:

    12839 South Scenic Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783.

    Description:

    The 5,760-acre Dunbar Forest is the largest and second-oldest MSU off-campus facility. The forest hosts long-term genetics and silvicultural studies that have helped advance the science of forest management in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. For example, red pine is the most widely planted commercial forest species in Michigan, occupying more than 850,000 acres. Successful long-term management of this important resource is based, in large part, on research results from the Dunbar Forest.

  • Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Web Site

    Description:

    The Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems websiteintroduces basic techniques that can be applied to analyze the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems. The site aims to provide clear explanations of both how to do the analysis and what assumptions must be met. This site frequently relies on links to other good sites, both to explain these techniques and to provide helpful data and examples. The basic areas covered are:

    • Profitability Using Budgets
    • Environmental Indicators
    • Environmental Values
    • Marketing
    • Environment-Profit Trade-Offs
    • Business Planning
  • Electrical Apprenticeship Online Program

    Description:

    The Online Electrical Apprenticeship program is a four year program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a certificate of completion by Michigan State University.

    This program provides the Related Technical Instruction (RTI) required by the State of Michigan through the revisions of implementation Public Act 217 of 1954, Rule 338.88e. It gives the apprentice the necessary theoretical and technical knowledge needed to become a successful journey person. It also gives additional practice of job-related skills and knowledge. The USDOL standards require that a minimum of 144 hours per year of apprenticeship training is to be provided to each trainee.

  • Electrical Technology Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The Electrical Technology Certificate Program is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring. Students study the latest electrical codes, electrical fundamentals, various electrical installations, motor controls, and solid state electronic applications. Throughout the program, students are also provided training in energy efficiency and alternate power systems.  This program provides the advanced technical training that is important for a successful career in the electrical field.  The diverse and intensive educational experience allows graduates to manage new technologies and electrical codes, to solve problems, and make safe and efficient electrical installations in an ever changing field.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Information Network

    Description:

    The Emerald Ash Borer Website is a collaborative effort to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the emerald ash borer.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Online Insecticide Guide

    Description:

    "Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer" is an online guide that provides the most up-to-date information on insecticides that can be used to combat this pest, as well as what to consider before treating ash trees. The guide includes frequently asked questions, information on insecticide products available for EAB control and how to use them, and a summary of results from studies that tested the effectiveness of the various insecticides. The guide also presents key points to consider and recommendations for dealing with EAB.

  • Enviro-weather Website for Pest, Natural Resource, and Production Management

    Description:

    The Enviro-weather website is a production management tool designed to aid agriculture and the green industry in making management decisions. The user selects a weather station location from the map to view weather data, integrated pest management models, natural resource and production models, forecasts and related links for specific commodities.

  • 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
  • Field Crops Team

    Description:

    The Field Crops Team provides farmers with easily accessible, pertinent information to help make management decisions easier. The team offers numerous articles on Insects, Disease, Weeds, Soils, Research, Management, and Hybrid/Variety Trials, for each of the following crops and areas of crop management: Corn; Soybeans; Dry Beans; Forages; Sugarbeets; Potatoes; Management. For a list of experts related to specific crop issues, please click on the faculty link below.

  • 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 Law Online Courses

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for Food Laws and Regulations offers online graduate-level courses in food law and regulation for food industry professionals. The courses can be taken for university credit through MSU’s Lifelong Education Program, or as non-credit courses. Courses offered include:

    • International Food Laws and Regulations
    • Food Laws and Regulations in the United States
    • Food Laws and Regulations in the European Union
    • Food Laws and Regulations in Latin America
    • Food Laws and Regulations in Canada
    • Food Laws and Regulations China
    • Codex Alimentarius - The Food Code
    • Animal Health, World Trade and Food Safety (OIE)
    • Regulatory Leadership in Food Law
    • Wine, Beer, and Spirits Laws and Regulations
    • The Law of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rul
    • The Law of the Preventive Control for Human Food Rule
    • The Law of the Produce Safety Rule

    Courses are taught completely online by an international network of experts in food regulation. No books are required. Enrollment is as easy as registering for a conference, no transcripts are required. Students may take as few or as many courses as they wish, and may earn a certificate after successful completion of four applicable courses.

  • 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.

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