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  • Organic Farmer Training Program (March - November 2017)

    Dates:

    2017 Program Dates: March 3rd through November 17th

    Location:

    Farm location: Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Rd., Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This intensive program provides hands-on experience in managing and working on our 4-season farm, combined with lectures, readings and workshops and is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the principles, practices, management, business planning and hard skills needed to operate an organic farm.

  • Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 11, 12, 15, 19, 23, or 25, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    • Jan. 11, 2018 - Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns, MI  48879
    • Jan. 12, 2018 - Sanilac Career Center, 175 E. Aiken Road, Peck, MI  48466
    • Jan. 15, 2018-  Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI  49047
    • Jan. 19, 2018-  Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI  48734
    • Jan. 23, 2018- Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee, MI  48131
    • Jan. 25, 2018- Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI  49070

    Description:

    These programs are designed to help producers learn about new pests in Michigan and changes in MSU Extension recommendations in field crop weed, insect and disease control and soil fertility to use for the 2018 growing season. The registration fee is $30.00 per person, which includes the cost of lunch, refreshments and the 2018 E-434 MSU Weed Control Guide for Field Crops and Forages.

  • Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting

    Location:

    Available from the MSU Extension Bookstore website.

    Description:

    The Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting are full of information about insects, diseases, physiological/chemical disorders, and natural enemies; and are designed to fit into a pocket for easy field use. There are guides for the following:

    • Highbush blueberries
    • Grapes in North Central and Eastern U.S.
    • Woody landscape plants
    • Stone fruits (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan apples (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan potatoes.
    • Herbaceous perennials
    • Christmas tree weed identification
    • Nurseries and landscapes weed identification
    • Natural enemies in crops and landscapes
  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
  • Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Core Manual Review Clinics and Credit Clinics (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website below. 

    Location:

    Various locations around Michigan

    Description:

    PSEP offers certification training and updates for pesticide applicators, as well as education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety.

    Credit Clinics: Offer 8 MDARD CEUs at each PCC Seminar: Core (Priv. or Comm.), 3A, 3B, 5, or 6 have been applied for.Cost per seminar

    Core Manual Review Clinics: Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The three 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. Three Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core are also available for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits.

  • Rogers Reserve for Chestnut Production and Research (Jackson County, MI)

    Location:

    8072 S. Jackson Road, Jackson, MI  49201

    Description:

    The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990. The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community, concerned with natural resources and food production. In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm. Funds have been spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects with the MSU Office of Land Management. Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005. Phase II was completed in April 2010 and consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms. The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council, supported by funding from the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.

  • Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory Services

    Location:

    Plant and Soil Sciences Building, Room A81, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory (SPNL) offers a variety of analytical services on samples of soil, greenhouse growth media, composts, plant tissue, water and other materials related to the growing of plants (crops) received from commercial and part-time farmers, greenhouse operations, golf courses, homeowners, consultants, researchers, and others. The SPNL reaches out to the general public through educational displays and presentations at expositions, conferences and meetings of organizations. Numerous groups tour the SPNL facilities throughout the year.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

  • Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (Benton Harbor, MI)

    Location:

    1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

    Description:

    MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center combines research projects and educational programs on fruits, vegetables, field crops, and woody ornamentals, as well as environmental quality issues. The mission of the Center is to enhance the economic viability of agriculture in the state of Michigan through the development and practical demonstration of technological advances in plant materials and cultural practices, as well as farm management. The Center keeps area producers and processors aware of solutions to the region’s agricultural problems.

  • Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) Meetings (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE DATES/LOCATIONS LISTED ABOVE.

    Time - All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.

    Location:

    • January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
    • January 18 at Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater, MI 49036
    • January 24 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr, Caro, MI  48723
    • February 6 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
    • February 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
    • February 9 at Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Description:

    The results of the 2017 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about other checkoff-funded research and soybean cyst nematodes. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.

    The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.

  • Spud Database: Potato Genomics Resource

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Spud DB is a collection of datasets and data-mining tools to view and analyze the potato genome, including tools to facilitate breeding improved cultivars.

  • Sugarbeet Seed Week Meetings 2017 (November, December 2017)

    Dates:

    November 30, December 4, December 5, and December 7, 2017.  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location:

    • November 30, 2017: Bay Shore Camp, 450 N. Miller Rd., Sebewaing, MI 48759
    • December 4, 2017: Soaring Eagle Casion & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
    • December 5, 2017: Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
    • December 7, 2017: Ubly Heights Golf & Country Club, 2400 E. Atwater Rd., Ubly, MI 48475

    Description:

    Choosing the right sugar beet seed is the foundation of profitable sugar beet production. Matching varieties to field conditions, disease problems and management will be stressed in these meetings. This is your opportunity to find out what new varieties are being brought forward and how to manage these genetics for the greatest success. The programs will include presentations from each seed company, Michigan Sugar Company Researchers and Sugarbeet Advancement.

    This program is run from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at which time lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend this program.

  • Thumb Ag Review Meetings (December 2017)

    Dates:

    December 13, 14, 15, and 19, 2017

    Location:

    Wednesday, December 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thumb Ag Day, Ubly Heights CC 2409 Atwater Rd, Ubly, MI 48475 Thursday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. to Noon Saginaw Valley Research & Education Ctr. 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734 Friday, December 15, 7:30 a.m. to Noon Westpark Inn 440 West Sanilac Rd., Sandusky, MI 48471 Tuesday, December 19, 5 to 9 p.m. Lapeer Co. Education Technology Center 690 Lake Pleasant Rd., Attica, MI 48412

    Description:

    Thumb Ag Review presentations will include:

    • Corn Trials: Hybrid Trials; N Rate Study; Biological Seed Treatment; Corn Population
    • Soybean Trials: Variety Trials; Soybean Varieties; Soybean Cyst Nematode Study; Xtend Variety Trial; Liberty Link Variety Trial
    • Wheat Trials: Review of 2016 Season and Field Trial Results
    • Management:  Managing Low Commodity Prices for 2017

    3 RUP credits (1A, Commercial & Private Core) & CCA credits (SW .5, NM .5, IPM .5, CM 1.5) at each meeting.

  • WorldTAP Agricultural Training and Capacity Building Courses (Summer 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the website listed below for current dates.

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    WorldTAP draws upon expertise from Michigan State University and around the world to offer short-term and long-term training programs, advisory services and consultations in diverse areas of agricultural research and development. WorldTAP helps build human resources, provides access to information resources, and facilitates technology transfer to enhance agricultural productivity and food security.

    WorldTAP offers expertise, training and capacity building programs in the following areas: agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property rights and technology transfer, environmental biosafety, food safety, food processing, packaging and value addition, animal agriculture, science and technology communication, water management and agroecology, integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture.

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