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  • 4-H Tractor Safety Program for Youth Farm Workers (April - May, 2018)

    Dates:

    Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A written and driving test will be given on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Location:

    NW Michigan Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy., Traverse City

    Description:

    Class curriculum follows the National Safe Tractor and Operational Machinery Program. Successful completion of a tractor operation safety course is required for all youth under the age of 16 who perform farm jobs classified as hazardous, under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupation Order. To become certified, participants must attend all five course sessions, pass a written test and a tractor driving test. 

    $85 per person– includes:  classes, manual, certificate and lunch on test day. Some scholarships are available if finances are an issue.

  • Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference (Escanaba, MI) (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 13, 2018

    Location:

    Bay de Noc Community College, Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828

    Description:

    This conference will offer the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for farmers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

  • ANR Week - Agriculture and Natural Resources Annual Event (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 3 - 10, 2018

     

    Location:

    MSU's campus in East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    ANR Week 2018 provides a wide-variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources. Some programs 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!

  • Bay/Thumb Area Vegetable Meeting (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 20, 2018.  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    Walli’s Family Restaurant (2nd floor)* 1341 Center Rd, Burton, MI 48509

    Description:

    This meeting will cover the following topics: greenhouse media; nematode assessment; cultivation tools; transplant diseases; herbicide damage; farm stress services; GMO discussion; farm labor services; worker protection standard; and produce safety services. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - April 2018)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 17, 2018: Seed Starting and Transplant Production
    • Jan. 24, 2018: Reduced Tillage Vegetable Growing
    • Jan. 31, 2018: Managing Your Farm Woodlot
    • Feb. 7, 2018: Choosing Apple Varieties and Rootstocks for Your New Orchard
    • Feb. 14, 2018: Organic Matter Basics
    • Feb. 21, 2018: Fertilizer Basics
    • Feb. 28, 2018: Livestock Basics
    • Mar. 7, 2018: Raising Rabbits
    • Mar. 14, 2018: Food Safety Modernization Act Basics: Am I Covered?
    • Mar. 21, 2018: USDA and SARE Programs for Beginning Farmers
    • Mar. 28, 2018: Pest Management Systems Compared
    • Apr. 4, 2018: U-Pick Farm Business
    • Apr. 11, 2018: Farm Business Basics #1
    • Apr. 18, 2018: Farm Business Basics #2
    • Apr. 25, 2018: Farm Business Basics #3

    Location:

    Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.

    Description:

    New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

  • Fate of the Earth Symposium (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 24, 2018

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Environmental Science and Policy Program has launched a symposium series to explore the challenges and opportunities we face in enhancing human well-being while protecting the environment. This symposium will bring distinguished thinkers from around the world to explore what we know, what we need to know and what we must do as we move into a century of unprecedented environmental change, technological advancement and scale of human activity. The event will include research focused seminars and discussion but will emphasize events and presentations that will speak to the broader MSU and Michigan community. In addition to live events and webcasts, the symposium will generate educational materials that can be used in classes and non-traditional education in the spring and beyond.

  • 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 Agricultural Credit Conference (October 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, October 23, 2017.  8:30 am - 3:15 pm.

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Room C, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agricultural Credit Conference provides financial officers across the state with updates on the various industries in Michigan and outlooks for the future. Hear from experts about credit cycles in agriculture, benchmarking farm financial performance, commodity and dairy outlooks, and much more. 

  • 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.

  • Michigan Family Farms Annual Conference (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Saturday, February 3, 2018.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

     

    Location:

    KVCC, Texas Township Campus, 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49003

    Description:

    The MFFC is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. For the past eleven years, the conference has helped connect farmers from across the state to important resources and learn how to make their farms more sustainable and more viable. Some topics include: Food safety and post-harvest processing; relocalizing small grains to niche markets; the Farm Bill and USDA programs; rotational grazing; integrated pest management; choosing the right farmers market; workshops in Spanish; racial equity and food justice; beginning farmer initiatives; the Study-A-Farm program; and programs for youth.

  • 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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