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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • International Short Course: Agricultural Extension: ONLINE (August 2020)

    Dates:

    August 3 - 7, 2020

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The MSU Extension team in collaboration with International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer a 10-day short course in agricultural extension to share experiences, information and best
    practices in the planning, design, implementation management and evaluation of agricultural extension programs serving local farmers and communities.

  • 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.

  • Michigan AgrAbility Program for Agricultural Workers With Disabilities

    Location:

    100 E. State Street, Suite G-100, St. Johns, MI, 48879

    Description:

    The Michigan AgrAbility Program assists agricultural workers who have physical and mental disabilities, including such disabilities as amputation, arthritis, spinal cord injury, and hearing impairments. Education and evaluation assistance are available to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities. Established in 1992 by MSU Extension's Farm Safety Program, the Michigan AgrAbility Program is now under the direction of the Easter Seals Society of Michigan, Inc. Michigan State University Extension's Farm Safety Program is a source of information on the Michigan AgrAbility Program for farmers with disabilities who wish to remain in agricultural work occupations.

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

    Dates:

    See current schedule of phase 1, 2, or 3 offerings at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  This program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s three systems — Farmstead ,Cropping and Livestock — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2020)

    Dates:

    March 10, June 9, September 8, and December 8, 2020
    10 a.m. - noon.

    Location:

    Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    Description:

    Agriculture markets are more volatile than ever. For most farms, profits are largely determined by how well you market your production. Now more than ever your farm’s future success depends on your ability to understand the  markets and use the basic marketing tools.  Fred Hinkley, retired MSU Extension Educator and Marketing Specialist will provide insight and outlook on the milk and grain markets, and suggest strategies to minimize financial risk.

  • 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.

  • Pork Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension serves the pork industry by providing decisionmakers with unbiased, research-based information about all aspects of pork production. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, MSUE works to enhance the production of safe, nutritious, high-quality pork in an environmentally, economically sustainable and socially responsible manner.

    MSU Extension provides education for all aspects of swine production, including intensively managed commercial operations, niche pork farms, sport farms, and youth show pig producers.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Telfarm Financial Services and Workshops

    Location:

    Telfarm Center: 414 Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824 

    The program is available statewide.

    Description:

    Telfarm is a system for maintaining financial and business records for farmers. Its goal is to provide accurate and valuable accounting statements, tax schedules, and management reports to assess the growth and development of the farm business. Services provided by Telfarm include: Technical assistance; Workshops; and Computer generated accounting statements and reports. Please see the website below for workshop offerings.

  • Transitioning your farm into the future - Online program (December 2020)

    Dates:

    December 8, 2020.  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. EST.

    Location:

    Online via Zoom

    Description:

    If you are thinking of transitioning your farm life, either beginning it, or transferring to your heirs or to an outside buyer, you know that planning for change is a necessary step. You will not save time by not planning, but just postpone the succession of events, or put the load of the decisions you didn’t make on someone else.

    MSU Extension Educators will guide you in this two-hour complete succession planning webinar.

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