Number of Programs: 11
- 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.
12839 South Scenic Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783.
The 5,760-acre Dunbar Forest is the largest and second-oldest MSU off-campus facility. The forest hosts long-term genetics and silvicultural studies that have helped advance the science of forest management in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. For example, red pine is the most widely planted commercial forest species in Michigan, occupying more than 850,000 acres. Successful long-term management of this important resource is based, in large part, on research results from the Dunbar Forest.
Online at http://www.emeraldashborer.info/faq.cfm
The Emerald Ash Borer Website is a collaborative effort to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the emerald ash borer.
6005 J Road, Escanaba, MI, 49829.
The 1,745-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. This wood will come from the surplus growing in the forests and from willow and poplar energy plantations on marginal farm land in the northern parts of the state. Work focuses on increasing yields, decreasing costs, reducing greenhouse gas and energy losses, retaining rural jobs, and improving supply chain efficiencies. Research at the center also focuses on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.
These online publications cover a wide variety of issues including:
- Individual Tree ID and Care
- Forest Health
- Forest Economics
- Tree Planting for Reforestation
- General Forest Management
- Christmas Trees
- Forest Stand Improvement
- Managing for Specific Tree Species
- Forest Products
- People in Forestry--Professional Directories
20673 Marcellus Hwy, Decatur, MI, 49045.
Forest products and Christmas trees are among the top 20 agricultural crops in Michigan. The 939-acre Fred Russ Forest allows researchers to conduct long-term research on Christmas tree seed production and other projects aimed at preserving the diversity and abundance of Michigan forests. The forest also features a 14-acre park that is open to the public for hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
Fred Russ Experimental Forest now offers Spartan Pure Maple Syrup as part of a research effort in best practices for high-vacuum sap extraction. Spartan Pure Maple Syrup is made from pure maple sap, with no additives or preservatives. Now available at MSU Stores, MSU Surplus, Kellogg Biological Station and Kellogg Forest.
The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage. Resources are available on the following topics:
- Christmas Trees
- Field Crops
- Organic Agriculture
- Urban Agriculture
Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.
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.
Available from the MSU Extension Bookstore website.
The Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting are full of information about insects, diseases, physiological/chemical disorders, and natural enemies; and are designed to fit into a pocket for easy field use. There are guides for the following:
- Highbush blueberries
- Grapes in North Central and Eastern U.S.
- Woody landscape plants
- Stone fruits (also available in Spanish)
- Michigan apples (also available in Spanish)
- Michigan potatoes.
- Herbaceous perennials
- Christmas tree weed identification
- Nurseries and landscapes weed identification
- Natural enemies in crops and landscapes
8072 S. Jackson Road, Jackson, MI 49201
The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990. The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community, concerned with natural resources and food production. In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm. Funds have been spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects with the MSU Office of Land Management. Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005. Phase II was completed in April 2010 and consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms. The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council, supported by funding from the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.