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  • Ag Action Day (January 2020)

    Dates:

    January 31, 2020.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, MI, 49003

    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 Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

    280 Plant and Soil Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    This 18-month program integrates a wide range of disciplines including business, leadership, technology and communications through hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats.  Of the 48 credits required for the Certificate, 30 are for required classes and the remaining 18 credits can vary with area of interest including agronomy, animal science, horticulture, welding and mechanics.  It is possible for students to complete the Agricultural Industries Certificate and transfer on to a four-year degree program. This program consists of both on-campus learning and hands-on experiences through a professional internship. The program also allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.

  • Animal Legal and Historical Web Center

    Location:

    Michigan State University College of Law, 648 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

    Description:

    This Website contains a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.

  • ANR Week - Agriculture and Natural Resources Annual Event (February, March 2020)

    Dates:

    February 29 - March 7, 2020

     

    Location:

    MSU's campus in East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    ANR Week provides a wide-variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources. Some programs may 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!

  • Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center

    Dates:

    At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at 517-353-2245 to schedule a tour. Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the 7 days prior to visiting the farm.

    Location:

    5307 Bennett Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    MSU's Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and, ultimately, consumers in Michigan. Research projects at the Center look at the productivity of Michigan feedlots, reproductive physiology, and ruminant nutrition. Tour groups from all over the world come to observe the facilities and techniques involved in the management of a commercial size feedlot.

  • 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
  • Dairy Days and Annual Michigan Dairy Expo (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 15 - 19, 2019

     

    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.

  • Dairy Open House at the Kellogg Biological Station (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 27, 2019. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

     

    Location:

    Pasture Dairy Center, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    Come and delight in MSU ice cream and cheese, while in sight of the cows whose milk creates our dairy foods! We will have family and kid friendly activities. Guests can enjoy a wagon ride, check out tractors and learn about Michigan’s agricultural landscapes. Wagon tours depart every half hour starting at 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See you on the farm!

  • Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (February 2020)

    Dates:

    February 6 - 8, 2020

     

    Location:

    Bavarian Inn and Conference Center, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference is dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to labor management and environmental stewardship. In addition to the quality line up of educational speakers, spouses will not want to miss the popular Partners Program, which promises a variety of entertaining and educational sessions. The Conference is the home base for the annual Dairy Industry Recognition Night where the industry’s leading producers, dairy scholarship winners and dairy judging team members are recognized and honored.

  • Horse Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824. The MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center is located on 100 acres south of campus.

    Description:

    This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management. The typical program model is three semesters of on-campus, academic based learning opportunities. One semester is an off-campus, placement training experience at a horse facility. Once enrolled, students will have the opportunity to tailor their area of interest toward management emphasis, reproduction, riding instruction, or training. Students will take coursework in horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior, horsemanship, exercise physiology, and horse election/judging. Basic coursework in mathematics, communications, and computers is required.  Electives will vary depending on a student’s background and interests, and might be selected from the following: horse training, preparation for instructing horsemanship, independent study in horse reproduction, draft horses, forage crops, or leadership.

  • Horse Management Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.

  • Lake City Research Center (Lake City, MI)

    Dates:

     

     

    Location:

    5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI  49651

    Description:

    The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. The center is a leader in potato breeding and genetics research, with more than 60,000 seedlings grown and evaluated each year. It also supports research on forage and beef production systems that are holistic, sustainable and profitable. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community.  The MSU Lake City Research Center helps to lead way in developing new regenerative grasslands certification.

  • Livestock Industries Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Livestock Industries certificate program is a three semester program designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of applied course work and hands-on education at the university’s facilities and an extensive industry internship. Students engage with leading professors, researchers, and future professional colleagues in a manner that is directly applicable to a functioning livestock operation and also develop communication skills while bridging the gap between theory and practical best management practices. 

    Students are required to complete courses in reproduction, animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, live animal and carcass evaluation, livestock management and farm business management. This program is unique in that allows students to pick elective courses as well so that they can further specialize their educational plan to meet their needs, making them more marketable once they enter the work force. These courses can include agricultural economics, crop and soil science, agricultural technology and animal science.

  • Michigan Livestock Expo (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 10 - 14, 2019

     

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI  48910

    Description:

    The Michigan Livestock Expo is a multi-species livestock event including beef, sheep, swine, and goats, designed to enhance the livestock industry, educate youth and showcase Michigan's agriculture industry. Champions in each species will be sold at a special evening industry celebration. The dairy industry will also be holding the Michigan Dairy Expo simultaneously at the MSU Pavilion.

  • MSU Extension Resources and Services for Beef Producers

    Description:

    MSU Extension serves the Michigan beef industry by engaging in research, education and extension that enhances the quality of life for constituents through opportunities to advance animal health, welfare, productivity, environmental sustainability, product quality and economic viability.

  • MSU Grazing School (August 2019)

    Dates:

    August 15, 2019.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    W. K. Kellogg Farm, 10641 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    The goal of the grazing school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

  • MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals

    Location:

    Green Meadow Farms, 6400 Hollister Rd, Elsie, MI, 48831.

    Description:

    The MSU Training Center for Dairy Professionals provides specialized training, facilities, and demonstration materials for veterinary students, veterinarians, and other professionals working in the dairy industry, as well as an infrastructure for clinical research in the health management of dairy cows. The Center, located at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan, makes use of the Farm's large dairy herd, modern facilities, and progressive management techniques, as well as the College's faculty and facilities to provide a cutting-edge, mutidisciplinary approach to dairy management.

  • Pasture Dairy Tours

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Dairy Center, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    Guided tours are available for agricultural professionals, farmers, and educators. Tours are 45 to 60 minutes long and are tailored to the group’s interests. Tours need to be scheduled at least one month prior to the desired tour date.

  • Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

    Location:

    Located on the corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope (4301 Farm Lane) on the Campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Pavilion sponsors numerous animal shows, including: horse, cattle, sheep, rabbits, and dogs. The Pavilion is also used for livestock sales. The facility is handicapped-accessible, offers easy access on-site lighted parking, full concessions, and an on-site licensed campground equipped with electrical hook-up, dump station, shower facilities and water tank fill-up locations.

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