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  • Advanced Diagnostics Workshop: A Smart Gardeners Guide (June, July, August 2018)

    Dates:

    Three part series: Fridays, June 22, July 20, and August 24, 2018. 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Kent MSU Extension, 775 Ball Avenue, NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    Hone your gardening skills and gain confidence during this three-part, hands-on diagnostic series! Classroom sessions coupled with hands-on learning in a garden setting will help participants use science-based resources to diagnose many types of plant problems.

  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Online Course (June - August 2018)

    Dates:

    The summer session registration closes on June 15, 2018, and the course material will be available to registrants from June 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2018.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on biological control is the third course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website.The content of the course covers introductory materials to more advanced concepts such as utilizing banker plants.  The 4-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into six units:

    • Unit 1: Introduction to Greenhouse Biological Control
    • Unit 2: Commercially Available Biological Control Agents 
    • Unit 3: Using Banker Plants in Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 4: Implementing a Biological Control Program      
    • Unit 5: Interactions of Pesticides and Biological Control Programs
    • Unit 6: Greenhouse Examples of Biological Control Systems: Application Strategy and Costs
  • Fall Grower Produce Safety Certification Courses (October - December 2018)

    Location:

    • Hart – Oct. 9, 2018 – Oceana County MSU Extension, 844 S. Griswold Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Dundee - Nov. 7, 2018 - Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd E, Dundee, MI 48131
    • Grand Rapids – Dec. 6, 2018 - Amway Grand Hotel - 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (following the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo)

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP‘s), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate.  (Chose one site.)

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (Summer/Fall 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. These are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information built upon the foundational work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.  The following workshops are offered in 2018:

    • Cut Flowers for Weddings and Events
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing
    • Crop Fertility
    • DIY Greens Dryer and Bubbler Build
    • Farmer Brain Trust
    • Peak CSA Roundtable
  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories, campus horticultural facilities for teaching and research, and a professional internship.  The 48-credit East Lansing based program is 3- 4 semesters of classroom instruction and a semester off-campus in a professional internship. It couples academics with hands-on field practice and also offers study abroad opportunities.

    Students will benefit from a core set of classes in applied plant science, soil science, entomology, irrigation systems, pruning, career development, and plant pathology.  The core required courses lay the foundation for understanding the best practices in fruit and vegetable production.   Through a wide range of elective courses in agribusiness, agricultural technology, and horticulture students can then tailor their studies to individual preferences.  Examples of elective areas include agri-food systems, sales, agricultural finance, organic farming, greenhouses, plant propagation and much more in the management of plant production.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Online Course (June - August 2018)

    Dates:

    June 1 - August 31, 2018

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting is the second course in the College of Knowledge Online series offered on the eXtension campus, the national Extension website. The course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity, and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content based on experiments performed at Michigan State and Purdue Universities.

  • Greenhouse Energy Cost Reduction Strategies Web Resources

    Description:

    A variety of technologies can be used to reduce greenhouse energy consumption, including retractable energy curtains, infra-red films, more efficient heaters and fans, etc.  Below are relevant articles grouped under several general topics -- some provide an overview of energy-saving strategies while others go in-depth on a particular topic.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for the Green Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • 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
  • Master Gardener College (September 2018)

    Dates:

    September 14 - 15, 2018

     

    Location:

    MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Master Gardener College is packed full of informative workshops, educational sessions, engaging speakers, idea sharing with other Master Gardeners, and of course buying opportunities. And, as always, participants can obtain education re-certification credits for participating.

  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/August 2018)

    Dates:

    July 30 - August 10, 2018

    Location:

    Various locations across Michigan.  Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    This annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings. Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

  • Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo - Annual Conference and Trade Show (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in coordination with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, offers over 70 educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as:fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor. The trade show has more than 450 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space.

  • Michigan Market Maker

    Location:

    Online and mobile

    Description:

    MarketMaker is a national partnership of land grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture dedicated to the development of a comprehensive interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. Put simply, MarketMaker is a platform that seeks to foster business relationships between producers and consumers of food industry products and services.

  • MSU Plant Trial Field Day (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 7, 2018.  8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Location:

    1066 Bogue Street, MSU Campus, Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Commercial growers, landscapers, and advanced gardeners are invited to this annual event to learn about some of the superior new plants and how they have performed in the MSU Trial Gardens. Plant performance, ornamental characteristics, and special needs of plants will be covered by MSU Horticulture Gardens staff. 

     

  • Nursery and Christmas Tree Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s programing for the nursery and Christmas tree industries involves field Extension educators, campus based Extension specialists and researchers who provide timely and relevant educational programming. Our goal is deliver the latest science-based information to keep Michigan producers competitive and profitable in today’s economy.

  • Organic Farmer Mentor Program

    Description:

    The Organic Farming Mentor Program is an opportunity for experienced organic farmers to support those new to the practice through education and instruction. We are seeking farmers (both certified and non-certified) to participate in our program, and share their knowledge with others.

  • Produce Safety Rule Training and Certification

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule using the weblinks below.

    Description:

    The FSMA Produce Rule Grower Training will cover a broad swath of produce safety. Topic areas include worker health and hygiene, water quality in pre-harvest and post-harvest environments, crop inputs and wildlife. Much of this training will help reinforce what growers already know and put into practice on their farms. The curriculum is recognized as adequate by the FDA for the training requirement of the Food Safety Moderization Act Produce Safety Rule written in provision 112.22(c).

    All MSU Extension trainings are conducted by educators who meet the training requirements for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. In addition, a Produce Safety Alliance lead trainer is present at all training events.

    Individuals who complete the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials.  There is no cost for this program.

  • Root Zone Management Online Course (June - August 2018)

    Dates:

    June 1 - August 31, 2018

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This non-credit, pre-recorded online course on root zone management is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media, and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers the latest practical information on root zone management techniques for ornamental crops in a greenhouse. Participants enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their learning of the topics. Self-assessment quizzes will engage students with the material throughout the course.

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