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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.

  • 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
  • Center for Economic Analysis

    Location:

    Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments
  • COVID-19 Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Program (CHAMP) e-Tool

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The MSU Extension COVID-19 Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Program (CHAMP) was developed as a flexible, easy to use e-tool to assist the Michigan agriculture community in assessing risk for spread of COVID-19 in their operations. Using CHAMP will help the agriculture community identify, develop, and implement appropriate and meaningful exposure control strategies tailored to protect workers and the public (customers) consistent with business operations, and to comply with Michigan requirements for essential and open businesses under the current executive orders.

    Information and guidance presented has been adapted and compiled from federal, state, and local sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

    Virtual trainings that correspond with the MSU Extension CHAMP e-tool will help guide users through the process of developing a preparedness response plan consistent with requirements under Michigan’s executive orders.

  • Global Food Law Master's Degree Program (Online)

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Earning a master’s of Food Law is a strategic investment in your future.  The Michigan State University College of Law Global Food Law Program gives lawyers, regulators and other industry professionals the tools they need to succeed in a constantly changing market.  

    The entirely online program can be completed in about three years by taking one course per semester and studying year-round.  Online study allows students to pursue their master’s degree without the need to take a leave of absence from work or relocate.  Advisors help students enroll in courses that will best enhance their careers allowing students to choose from a menu of courses.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Poultry Team Resources and Services: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on poultry production brings together cross-discipline educators and researchers who work with both commercial poultry producers, small flock owners, and youth.

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