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  • Agricultural Operations Certificate Program (Battle Creek, Centreville, Dowagiac, Monroe, Muskegon, Scottville, Sidney, University Center)

    Location:

    • Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
    • Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, MI
    • Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI
    • Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI
    • Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI
    • West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI
    • Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI
    • Delta College, University Center, MI

     

    Description:

    Michigan State University partners with colleges and universities across the state to offer regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered locally at the partnering institution.

    The 55-credit Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management. It exposes students to exciting opportunities available in the industry.

  • 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.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - April 2020)

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of thirteen online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing. Participants will get an overview of various farm enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts. The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform. A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed to registered participants prior to each webinar. Following each webinar, registered participants will receive a link to the recorded webinar.

    Each webinar is 'Getting started with....'

    • Jan. 15, 2020: New Farm Start-up, Jonathan Parsons, Uprooted Farm
    • Jan. 22, 2020: Wash-pack Facilities, Landen Tetil, Produce Safety Technician, Marquette Conservation District
    • Jan. 29, 2020: Michigan Cottage Food, Beth Waitrovich, MSU Extension
    • Feb. 5, 2020: Growing Hemp in Michigan, James DeDecker, MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
    • Feb. 12, 2020: CSA's in Michigan, Garret Ziegler, MSU Extension
    • Feb. 19, 2020: Safe Use of Animal-based Soil Amendments, Charles Gould, MSU Extension
    • Feb. 26, 2020: Agroforestry: Silvo-pasture Options, Julie Crick and Kable Thurlow, MSU Extension
    • March 4, 2020: Selling to Food Hubs, Mariel Borgman, MSU Extension
    • March 11, 2020: Farm Labor, Katie Brandt, MSU Student Organic Farm and Stan Moore, MSU Extension
    • March 18, 2020: No-till Vegetable Production on Small Beds, Jonathan Parsons, Uprooted Farm
    • March 25, 2020: Pricing Products for Different Markets, Will Jaquinde, MSU Tollgate Farm
    • April 1, 2020: Hosting On-farm Educational Events for Your Community, Abbey Palmer, MSU Extension
    • April 8, 2020: Measuring Soil Health, Sieglinde Snapp, MSU Soils and Cropping Systems Professor
  • Beginning Grazing School (July 2020): POSTPONED

    Dates:

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED  July 30 - 31, 2020

    Location:

    This two-day school will be offered via high speed video conferencing at the following locations:

    1. The MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Farm and Dairy Meeting Room in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
    Address: 10461 N. 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    2. The MSU Lake City Research Center in Lake City, Michigan
    Address: 5401 W. Jennings Rd., Lake City, MI 49551

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension is offering grazing school for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers at two locations in Michigan simultaneously via high speed video conferencing in July. There will be a team of experts at each location that will broadcast their expertise to the different sites with technology that allows for interactive chat from participants with those experts. The goal of the school is to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing by blending classroom and hands-on field instruction.

  • Core Manual/ RUP Review Classes (May, November 2020)

    Dates:

    • MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUES TO COVID-19.
    • May Event:  May 20, 2020: MSU Extension Washtenaw - 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor
    • November Event: November 18, 2020: MSU Extension Washtenaw - 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor

    Location:

    Various locations. Please see the website below.

    Description:

    MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.  PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE BELOW FOR UPCOMING DATES IN MAY.

     

    Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The four hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. The review is held in the morning and the MDARD exams are given that afternoon. Four Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core are also available for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits. We recommend participants read and study the Core Manual before attending the review. Copies may be ordered from the NPSEC Fulfillment Center by clicking on the following link: https://npsecstore.com/pages/michigan.

  • Drainage Workshop (February 2020)

    Dates:

    February 12 - 13, 2020

    Location:

    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    Easy-to-use online tools will be used to simplify the design process and maximize return on investment in the drainage system. These tools will help estimate the optimum drain spacing to maximize profit, and thereby avoid too narrow or too wide drain spacings. Application of these user-friendly tools is what sets this workshop aside from other drainage workshops.

    What will be taught?

    • Topics will include
    • basics of soils and water movement in soils
    • drainage principles
    • economics of drainage
    • contour maps
    • drainage design
    • user-friendly design tools
    • estimating cost
    • legal aspects of drainage
    • tips for doing your own tiling
    • safety in installation
    • controlled drainage design
    • controlled drainage impact on water quality and crop yield.

    The drainage design process begins with basic design considerations and will follow a step-by-step procedure for solving individual and small-team hands-on problems.

  • Dry Bean and Sugar Beet Symposium (January 2020)

    Dates:

    January 21, 2020.  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

     

    Location:

    Horizons Conference Center: 6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603

    Description:

    This annual symposium offers research based information on improving production, marketing, and quality. This is the largest agriculture trade show in central Michigan. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

  • 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 (2020)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    Each Farmer Field School workshop features in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community. Experienced farmers and agricultural educators team up to co-lead and teach each workshop. Farmer Field School is designed to improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable farms in their first 10 years.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast (April - September 2020)

    Dates:

    Thursday mornings, 7:00 am.  April 16 - September 10, 2020

    Location:

    Online via Zoom

    Description:

    Every Thursday at 7 a.m. from April 16 through Sept. 10, 2020, you can get the latest information from our MSU field crop specialists and educators on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast. The scheduled topics will be fluid, flexible and focused on the most current topics.  Participating is easy! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate Program (Dowagiac, Muskegon, Scottville, Sidney, Traverse City, Wayne County)

    Location:

    • Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI
    • Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI
    • West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI
    • Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI
    • Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
    • Wayne County Community College, Downriver, Wayne County, MI

    Description:

    Michigan State University partners with colleges and universities across the state to offer regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered locally at the partnering institution. The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

  • Integrated Pest Management Academy Online Course

    Location:

    Online, Desire to Learn Course

    Description:

    The Desire to Learn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is an interactive, online program designed to provide a comprehensive and convenient online learning experience. This self-paced course features university experts and a full-service help center with 24/7 technical support and support materials to learn how to easily navigate the course. Current topics include:

    • An Introduction to IPM
    • IPM Resources at MSU
    • Plant Science
    • Soils 101
    • Identifying and Conserving Natural Enemies
    • Conserving Pollinators
    • Using Enviroweather to Assist IPM Program Decisions
    • Scouting in Greenhouses
    • Scouting in Perennial Crops
    • Scouting in Vegetable Crops
  • Long-Term Ecological Research

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

    Description:

    The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988. LTER research at KBS is designed to answer the broader question of how agronomic management can better utilize biological resources in cropping systems to control pests, provide nitrogen, and build soil fertility: In short, how to make agriculture more profitable and provide environmental benefits.

    Our main research areas include agronomy, microbial ecology, plant dynamics, insect dynamics, biogeochemistry, regionalization, ecosystem services, and biofuels. Our experimental systems range from field plots to landscapes. We study the ecology of major field crop ecosystems – annual crops such as corn, soybean, and wheat, perennial crops such as alfalfa, and biofuel crops such as switchgrass and poplars. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes, such as forests and old fields.

  • MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) Phase 1 Events

    Dates:

    Please see current offerings at the link below

    Location:

    Various

    Description:

    The first step to getting MAEAP-verified is attending a Phase 1 Educational Session or viewing online videos, webinars and articles or attending an educational meeting. Please see current and upcoming offerings at the link below.

  • Managing Corn and Soybeans in On-farm Storage to Maximize Grain Quality and Reduce Safety Hazards: Webinar (March 2020)

    Dates:

    March 31, 2020

    Location:

    Online webinar

    Description:

    One of the residual effects of the 2019 growing season is that we have some wetter than normal grain in on-farm storage. This situation poses two threats to producers. The first threat is that the quality of the grain will be reduced if the bins are not managed properly. The second is that wet grain significantly increases the risk for grain bin accidents to occur. An upcoming webinar will address both issues. Dr. Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer at North Dakota State University will present his latest recommendations for managing corn and soybeans in on-farm storage to maximize grain quality and reduce safety hazards. Specific topics include: Natural air drying, safe storage periods, drying soybeans with supplemental heat and grain bin safety procedures. Ample time has also been allocated for Dr. Hellevang to answer specific questions from participants.

  • Michigan Cover Crops Program and Information Resources

    Description:

    The Michigan Cover Crops Program makes information on cover crop management, soil, cropping systems, species, and seed sources readily available so farmers can make better decisions about using cover crops on their farms.

  • Michigan Organic Farming Exchange

    Location:

    Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.

  • Michigan Pollinator Protection Plan

    Location:

    https://pollinators.msu.edu/protection-plan/ 

    Description:

    The purpose of Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) is to improve and protect the health of  pollinators in Michigan, while simultaneously protecting our crops, property, and human health. The MP3 is non-regulatory; it will provide guidance. It is also designed to be flexible, and will improve as we receive input from stakeholders, and new strategies become available.

  • Michigan Vegetable Information Network

    Location:

    Online at: http://veginfo.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The Michigan Vegetable Information Network provides resources to the commercial vegetable industry. These resources include bulletins, conference presentations, and crop protection labels, offering up-to-date information on many topics relevant to vegetable growers.

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