Number of Programs: 9
- 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.
- Tuesday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, June 27: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, Oct. 31: 10 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, Dec. 19: 10 a.m. to Noon (CANCELLED)
Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan 48471 OR Online webinar
All farm producers are welcome to attend the session live session which will be held at the Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan or join online as part of the webinar.
The host for these meetings will be Dennis Stein, Farm Management Educator.
January 16, 2018. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Horizons Conference Center: 6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603
This annual symposium offers research based information on improving production, marketing, and quality. This is the largest agriculture trade show in central Michigan. There is no registration or fee required to attend.
Various dates in 2018. Please see the website listed below.
Various locations in Michigan. Please see the website listed below.
Description:The MSU Organic Farm is offering the following workshops in 2018:
- DIY Caterpillar Tunnel Build @ New City Urbran Farm in GR: Tuesday, April 10, 8am – noon; FREE
- Designing your Packing Shed with Atina Diffley @ Eastminster Church in E Lansing; Monday, April 30, 9am – 4:30pm FREE (Full: Registration is closed)
- Cut Flowers for Weddings & Events @ Seeley Farm: Sunday, July 15, 9am – 4pm
- Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing - Webinar with Trent Thompson from Green Gardens; Jill and Nate Lada from Green Things Farm, date & time (TBA in August or September)
- Cheaper Really is Better: Crop Fertility - October, Location & Date TBA; Lee Arboreal from Live Edge Farm
- DIY Greens Dryer & Bubbler Build @ Tilian Farm Development Center near Ann Arbor; November, Location & Date TBA
- Peak CSA Roundtable - December, Date TBA, FREE
Monday evenings: February 19 - March 26, 2018. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST.
This series of six online programs addresses field crop production and pest management. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and forage production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $20.00 for the full series of six webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops.
December 12, 2017; March 13, 2018; June 12, 2018; September 11, 2018.
Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Agriculture markets are more volatile than ever. For most farms, profits are largely determined by how well you market your production. Now more than ever your farm’s future success depends on your ability to understand the markets and use the basic marketing tools. Fred Hinkley, retired MSU Extension Educator and Marketing Specialist will provide insight and outlook on the milk and grain markets, and suggest strategies to minimize financial risk.
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.
Dates:November 30, December 4, December 5, and December 7, 2017. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- November 30, 2017: Bay Shore Camp, 450 N. Miller Rd., Sebewaing, MI 48759
- December 4, 2017: Soaring Eagle Casion & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
- December 5, 2017: Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
- December 7, 2017: Ubly Heights Golf & Country Club, 2400 E. Atwater Rd., Ubly, MI 48475
Choosing the right sugar beet seed is the foundation of profitable sugar beet production. Matching varieties to field conditions, disease problems and management will be stressed in these meetings. This is your opportunity to find out what new varieties are being brought forward and how to manage these genetics for the greatest success. The programs will include presentations from each seed company, Michigan Sugar Company Researchers and Sugarbeet Advancement.
This program is run from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at which time lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend this program.
February 22, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
This roundtable discussion brings together MSU scientists, Extension, and private sector crop advisors and retailers to discuss the use of biologicals in field crops. Through short research presentations and facilitated discussions we’ll explore:
- What does the science say - do they work?
- What is the role of microbes in farming?
- What types of biologicals are being promoted and sold?
- What do ag professionals and farmers know about them?
- Where can and do farmer advisors and farmers access information about biologicals?
Registration is free for this event, and all materials and lunch are included. Mileage will be reimbursed, and lodging is available free of charge the night before the event (Feb 21).