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  • Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers Online Course

    Dates:

    The course is offered twice a year, in summer and winter

    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 material is also available in Spanish. 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
  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2020)

    Dates:

    Please see upcoming dates at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Please see locations at the website listed below.

    Description:

    Each Farmer Field School workshop features in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community. Experienced farmers and agricultural educators team up to co-lead and teach each workshop. Farmer Field School is designed to improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable farms in their first 10 years.

  • 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.

  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Online Course and AFDO Grower Training Certification (September-December 2020)

    Dates:

    September 2 - December 13, 2020. This is a graduate level, 3-credit hour course. Students will typically spend 9-12 hours per week preparing for and completing coursework. Some students may need more or less time based on their skills, experience, and the level of mastery they wish to achieve.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    IFLR is offering a newly updated ONLINE course on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule this fall semester. Students will earn graduate-level academic credit, and will also have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion for FSMA Produce Rule Grower Training from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) at no extra cost.

    The course will cover both regulatory and practical aspects of produce safety. The FSMA Produce Rule Grower Training content is specifically designed to provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) which emphasizes both food safety and environmental management goals, while outlining the requirements mandated in FSMA.  Students will learn how to identify and reduce risks by drafting farm food safety plans.  The focus from farm to fork enhances overall marketplace safety. Topic areas include worker health and hygiene, soil amendments, water quality in pre-harvest and post-harvest environments, crop inputs, wildlife and domesticated animals, land use, and FSMA issues related to produce.

    This course also prepares food industry professionals to take on regulatory leadership within their organizations by providing an overview of the legislative and regulatory processes through an in-depth look at the relationship between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry, consumer interest groups, and scientific communities. Students will learn the major provisions of the rule, evaluate FDA’s limitations, examine current issues in food law, and explore the intersection of science and law.

  • 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
  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/August 2020)

    Dates:

    July 27 - August 7, 2020

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training and Certification Courses: Remote Delivery (October 2020 - March 2021)

    Dates:

    Six Daylong Online Training Courses will be offered (Choose only one):

    • Oct. 20, 2020
    • Nov. 10, 2020
    • Dec. 8, 2020
    • Jan. 12, 2021
    • Feb. 9, 2021
    • March 9, 2021

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training course (FSMA=Food Safety Modernization Act) online. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate. At least one supervisor from the farm must complete a farm food safety training equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.  This program satisfies that requirement.  The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when proof of attendance has been verified, and all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend and maintain active participation in all seven modules to obtain FDA certification.

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