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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.

  • Cover Crop Field Walks (2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website listed below

    Location:

    Please see scheduled locations at the website listed below

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Extension cover crops team will be hosting a series of informational Cover Crop Field Walks in 2018 looking at different cover crop species and how they work in different cropping systems. This is an opportunity for producers and agricultural professionals to visit cover crop field sites in various locations throughout Michigan with MSU Extension educators to observe and discuss cover crop use, management, benefits and challenges.

  • High Impact Targeting (HIT) Tool for Sedimentation Reduction

    Description:

    HIT is an on-line tool that allows users to prioritize erosion and sedimentation reduction conservation efforts in the Great Lakes Basin. Users can compare watersheds by total erosion or sediment load, rates of erosion or sediment loading, and the cost benefit of best management practices (BMPs). Users can also view field-level maps, in 2D and 3D, showing areas at high risk for erosion and sediment loading.

  • Institute of Water Research

    Location:

    101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

  • 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
  • Manure and Nutrient Management Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    These sites offers a wealth of information for the cattle industry. There are numerous articles and bulletins on calibration, composting, cover crops, farmstead topics, employees and emergency training, land application, odor and air quality, phosporus in diets, record keeping, storage, and treatment. Consultations, meetings, and workshops are offered in a variety of locations.

  • Michigan Cover Crops Program and Information Resources

    Description:

    The Michigan Cover Crops Program makes information on cover crop management, soil, cropping systems, species, and seed sources readily available so farmers can make better decisions about using cover crops on their farms.

  • North Farm Extension Workshop Series (June, July, August, September 2018)

    Dates:

    • Livestock on the Small Farm · June 10 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Plasticulture: Season Extension 201 · July 15 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Flower Production · August 19 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Forest Resource Management · September 30 · 1-5 p.m.

    Location:

    The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI - 1 mile north of the Village of Chatham on the Rock River Road

    Description:

    These workshops, focused on topics relevant to small-scale farmers, homesteaders and home gardeners, will provide participants the opportunity to learn from university staff, local professionals and seasoned farmers.

    Each workshop will consist of a classroom component hosted at the MSU North Farm in Chatham, Michigan, located in the central Upper Peninsula. Following classroom learning, participants go on a field trip to a local farm where they will get to ask farmers questions and see applications of concepts.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (Frankenmuth, MI)

    Location:

    3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    Most of the dry bean and sugar beet production in Michigan is located in the Saginaw Valley and the Thumb area. Michigan is the No. 1 producer of black beans, the No. 2 producer of all dry beans and the No. 4 producer of sugar beets in the country. Research at the center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in a variety of commodities by offering growers the latest information on crop management and tillage techniques, new variety trials, and pest and weed control with minimal environmental impact. In addition to dry bean and sugar beet research, studies at the 310-acre site explore other important rotational crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Field Day (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 9, 2018.  8:30 am - noon.

    Location:

    Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

    Description:

    A field day highlighting Michigan State University research at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, including on dry bean breeding, soil health and weed management. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with field tours from 9 a.m. to noon and lunch afterward.

  • Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory Services

    Location:

    Plant and Soil Sciences Building, Room A81, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory (SPNL) offers a variety of analytical services on samples of soil, greenhouse growth media, composts, plant tissue, water and other materials related to the growing of plants (crops) received from commercial and part-time farmers, greenhouse operations, golf courses, homeowners, consultants, researchers, and others. The SPNL reaches out to the general public through educational displays and presentations at expositions, conferences and meetings of organizations. Numerous groups tour the SPNL facilities throughout the year.

  • Soil Ecology and Management Information Resource

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.

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