Number of Programs: 7
March 13, 2018
Bay de Noc Community College, Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828
This conference will offer the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for farmers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
UPREC North Farm, E. 3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816
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.
- 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
Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.
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.
101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.
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.
Friday, December 15, 2017. 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Bluegate Garden Inn, 800 S Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
Topics covered include:
- Irrigated Land Rent and Farmland Value: Where have we been, what’s next
- Water Use Registration and Reporting in Indiana and Michigan
- Michigan’s Un-Registered Large Volume Water Use Initiative
- Michigan Legislation to Streamline the Site Specific Review Process
- Technologies are Available to Manage Irrigation
- MIA Business Meeting and Election of Board Members
- The Indiana LENK Group and the Michigan Cass County Pilot Project
- Know the Pumping Impacts of Your Irrigation Well: Practical and Cost-Effective Monitoring
- Irrigation and Its Role in Farm Profitability and Resource Use Efficiency
- Corn and Soybean Markets 2018 and the Next Five Years
Cost: $35.00 per person (includes lunch and MIA dues)
Safe Use of Animal-Based Soil Amendments: FSMA Requirements and Best Practices Workshop (April, May 2018)
Workshop locations and dates are as follows:
- April 11-12, Detroit
- April 16-17, Mt. Pleasant
- April 19-20, Grand Junction
- May 14-15, Traverse City
- May 17-18, Chatham
This two-day workshop to teach produce growers safe practices for using biological soil amendments of animal origin in compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE DATES/LOCATIONS LISTED ABOVE.
Time - All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.
- January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
- January 18 at Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater, MI 49036
- January 24 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr, Caro, MI 48723
- February 6 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
- February 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
- February 9 at Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047
The results of the 2017 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about other checkoff-funded research and soybean cyst nematodes. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.
The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.