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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
  • Berry Crop Entomology Information and Resources

    Description:

    The Isaacs Lab studies the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of the lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Their extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

    Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland.

  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Online Course

    Dates:

    The course is offered twice a year, in summer and winter

    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 material is also available in Spanish. 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
  • Clarksville Research Center (Clarksville, MI)

    Location:

    9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815

    Description:

    The Clarksville Research Center (CRC) hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops. Research at the 440-acre site includes variety development, fruit thinning and growth regulators, dwarf rootstocks for fruit trees, integrated pest management, organic production systems and new pruning practices to help make production more profitable, efficient and environmentally friendly. CRC is a valuable site for inoculated potato late blight field trials because of its isolation from potato-growing areas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for Teachers

    Description:

    There are many great resources available to teachers and students to learn more about insects, pests, pesticides and Integrated Pest Management, and to supplement IPM activites in the classroom. Our elementary school IPM curriculum, developed by Erica Jenkins, is a resource that presents the opportunity for K-6 educators to engage students in STEM educational objectives and interdisciplinary learning through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  The curriculum provides background information, hands-on activities, worksheets and links to additional sites that teachers can utilize to engage students in formal and informal real-world settings.  While some of the lessons build on previous learning, most of the lessons can stand-alone.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for the Green Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • 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
  • Integrated Pest Management Training Programs

    Dates:

    Please click the weblink below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan

    Description:

    The MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program offers IPM certification training and updates for pesticide applicators and provides education and information for applicators and the general public about pesticide safety. Events include: Pesticide Credit Clinics - MNLA & MSU PSEP; Core Manual/RUP Review, Pest and Crop Management Update Meetings; Soybean Management Research and Technology (SMART) Meetings; Core Review; Pesticide Applicator Core Manual Review; Restricted Use Pesticide Training; and Pesticide Certification Review Sessions.

  • Landscape and Nursery Resources

    Description:

    Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.

  • 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 Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Web Site

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.gddtracker.net/

    Description:

    The Michigan Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Website helps golf course managers predict the best timing for applications. This site uses predictive models that incorporate climatological data, which provides more consistent results than using the calendar. The site starts calculating growing degree days on March 1, and lists the latest totals for 91 weather stations across Michigan. The totals are updated daily throughout the spring.

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