Agriculture

MSU Extension Coverage

Your local MSU Extension office is the “front door” to Michigan State University.  Gaining access to the vast resources available from Michigan State University Extension is as easy as stopping in or calling the local office, or visiting the MSU Extension website.
When you call or stop into the local office you can talk to someone who is knowledgeable in all the resources available through MSU Extension.  Following are just a few of the services available:
  • Information and materials to submit soil and plant samples for analysis
  • Information on diagnosing pest or disease problems
  • Connecting growers with the MSU Extension educators that can help with a question
  • Providing written information on a topic
  • Purchasing MSU Extension materials
  • Providing information on MSU Extension programs held locally as well as across the state
  • Local newsletter offered via email quarterly.  To receive the newsletter email Nicole at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) put News & Notes in the subject line and request to be added to the list.
Visiting the MSU Extension website provides access to all MSU Extension programs across the state and connects users to articles, services and resources.  Following is a brief listing of agriculture resources that are available:
  • Events offered locally and across the state.  Program information and registration are available with one stop.
  • Find an expert.  Locate the educator that are knowledgeable on the topic you are interested in and connect by email or phone.
  • Gain access to the most recent articles on timely topics.
  • Connect with county Extension offices and the folks that are housed there.
To see all there is available visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/  
MSU Extension has educators across the state that can assist with your crop production needs.  Visit the local office or the MSU Extension website for the quick and courteous service you are looking for.

Newsletters

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Events and Happenings at a Glance

December 20, 2017 - 2017 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update , MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $60 (incl. refreshments, lunch, 2018 MSU Weed Control Guide and other bulletins), CCA credits, MDARD credits, and MAEAP Phase 1 credits pending
January 8 - 10, 2018 -    Michigan Agri-Business Association 85th Annual Winter Conference & Trade Show , Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 517-336-0223 - email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 
January 11, 2018 -   Pest and Crop Management Update Meeting , Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Road, St. Johns (other dates and locations available, visit the registration page ), $30.00 per person, incl. lunch, refreshments and the 2018 MSU Weed Control Guide, Space is limited so please register early.
January 16, 2018 - 2018 Bean & Beet Symposium, Horizon’s Conference Center, 6200 State St., Saginaw, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 17, 2018 - Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2018, 15 weekly webinars, register for one or all at any time, $37.50 for series or $5 per webinar
 
January 18 - February 22, 2018 - Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar, 7 - 8 p.m., 6-week series - $10 per webinar or $40 for series
January 19, 2018 - Pest and Crop Management Update Meeting, Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth (other dates and locations available, visit the registration page), $30.00 per person, incl. lunch, refreshments and the 2018 MSU Weed Control Guide, Space is limited so please register early.
January 23, 2018 -   Pest and Crop Management Update Meeting , Cabela’s, 110 Cabelas Blvd. East, Dundee  (other dates and locations available, visit the registration page ), $30.00 per person, incl. lunch, refreshments and the 2018 MSU Weed Control Guide, Space is limited so please register early.
January 23, 2018 - Making More Profit from the Parlor,  Agro-Liquid, 3055 M-21, St. Johns (more dates and locations available), 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $35 for the first person, $15 for each additional person from the same farm (includes lunch and educational materials)
January 26 - 27, 2018 - 19th Annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference , Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme (6 mi. NE of Traverse City), Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) g or (231) 622-5252
January 31 - February 1, 2018 - 2018 Great Lakes Crop Summit , Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, 10 RUP and CCA credits available for full attendance, pre-register or call 888) 323-6601
 
February 8, 2018 -  Isabella County Pesticide Review & Test , Isabella County Building, 3rd Floor, Room 320, 200 N. Main Street Mt. Pleasant,  Review 9:00 a.m., Test 1:00 p.m.; Cost for review $20 (cost for test separate - $50 Private, $75 Commercial), Test sign-up MDA 1-800-292-3939 or online at www.michigan.gov/pestexam
February 8 - 10, 2018 - Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference, Soaring Eagle Casino, Resort, and Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, Contact Megghan Honke Seidel - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 
 
February 13, 2018 -   Core Manual/RUP Review - Shiawassee County , Caledonia Township Hall, 135 N. State Street, Owosso,  Review 8:30 a.m., Test 1:00 p.m.; Cost for review $20 (cost for test separate), 4 RUP credits,  register here ; Test sign-up MDA 1-800-292-3939 or online at  www.michigan.gov/pestexam ; Call for review material availability 989-224-5241
 
February 19 - March 26, 2018 - MSU Extension Field Crops Webinar Series (website available after 12/6/17), Monday evenings 7 - 8 p.m., 1 RUP credit available per session, $20 for full series or $5 per session, Call James DeDecker at (989) 734-2168 with questions
 
February 27, 2018 - Core Manual/RUP Review - Clinton County , Smith Hall on the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 800 Sickles St, St. Johns, Review 8:30 a.m., Test 1:00 p.m.; Cost for review $20 (cost for test separate), 4 RUP credits, register here ; Test sign-up MDA 1-800-292-3939 or online at www.michigan.gov/pestexam ; Call for review material availability 989-224-5241
March 19, 2018 - Core Manual RUP Review - Gratiot County, Gratiot-Isabella RESD, 1131 E. Center Street, Ithaca, Review 8:00 a.m., Test 1:00 p.m.; Cost for review $20 (cost for test separate), 4 RUP credits, register here; Test sign-up MDA 1-800-292-3939 or online at http://www.michigan.gov/pestexam; Call for review material availability 989-875-5233
March 28, 2018 - Clinton Conservation District Annual Meeting, AgroLiquid, St. Johns
 
April 20 - 21, 2018 - Clinton Conservation District Tree Sale, Clinton County Fairgrounds, St. Johns, Order forms available February 5, 2018
On-Going -  Mercury Health Thermometer Exchange , MMDHD Building, 1307 E. Townsend Road, Suite 102, St Johns 
On-Going - Medication Disposal Programs, click to see specific dates and locations.  You can also check out this website for additional year-around drop-off locations

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