Mid-Michigan Variety Trials
For downloadable PDFs, visit the Mid-Michigan Variety Trials page.
Animal Agriculture and the Environment
Erica Rogers, MSU Extension Environmental Management Educator. Erica provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programing in environmental issues related to livestock production. Contact Erica at 989-875-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan State University Environmental Quality for Agriculture team provides industry information on air quality, biosecurity, diet modification, mortality management and water conservation. Some useful bulletins are featured on the MSU Extension website under Emerging Issues in Animal Agriculture.
Farming is a business. MSU Extension offers an enormous assortment of farm management educational programs and individual assistance. A team of Regional farm management agents, campus specialists and local agents provide up-to-date resources to help producers more effectively manage their operations. These resources include financial analysis and projections, tax planning, marketing strategies, estate planning, family farm transfers, record keeping, land or machinery rental agreements, labor management, agriculture regulations and other related topics.
There are a number of farm management related resources at Dennis Stein’s website, https://www.msu.edu/user/steind/
Demand for certified organic products is increasing 15%-20% annually providing niche opportunities for farm families intersted in exploring organic farming production. Organic farmers from Mid-Michigan and the thumb meet on a regular basis sharing information.
Below are links to some resources for individuals interested in transitioning to organic farming.
- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) , Transitioning to Organic Production
- ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service , Organic Farming
Casey Zangaro will join Gratiot MSU Extension in June 2018, as the MSU Swine Production Educator. Casey will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in program areas related to the pork industry.