2016 Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference 3-8-16

Date: March 8, 2016 - March 8, 2016
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Location: Bay de Noc Community College Main Campus Joseph Heirman University Center 2001 N Lincoln Road Escanaba, MI 49828
Contact: For information contact Nikki Kulppi, Alger County MSU Extension, at 906-387-2530 or msue.alger@county.msu.edu.

March 08, 2016
9:15 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. (EST)

Bay de Noc Community College Main Campus
Joseph Heirman University Center 
2001 N Lincoln Road 
Escanaba, MI 49828

Do you farm for profit? Do you want the latest crop, livestock and farm management information for the U.P.? If so, the Michigan State University Extension’s Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference is something you won’t want to miss. Get the latest information and ideas from Upper Peninsula farmers, Michigan State University Extension and industry experts.

There will be 12 different classes offered. Each participant will attend four classes.

Topics include:

  • What’s new in alfalfa:  Management for the U.P.   Where soil conditions are favorable, alfalfa is a great perennial forage option on U.P. farms.  New developments, including low-lignin and Roundup-Ready varieties, yellow-flowered alfalfa, sulfur fertility issues, stand establishment and management will be discussed.
  • Beef Feedlot in the U.P.    Given our proximity to markets, the supply of cattle and ability to grow feed, finishing cattle in the U.P. has great possibilities. What are the best management options for feeding cattle in feedlots here in the U.P.
  • How to use Social Media as a way to advocate for agriculture and promote your business.    Get introduced to the many social media platforms and find out what one might be best for you. Learn some tips and tricks for creating memorable and impact content.
  • Mix it up:  How and why forage mixtures can help you.    Dr. Cassida will present practical, research-based information on perennial legume/grass mixtures, other alternative perennial and annual forages, and how you can use them to enhance your hay and grazing systems.
  • Feeding Malting Barley and Distillers Grains to Cattle.   Acres of malting barley have been increasing in Michigan targeting the brewing industry. However, not all barley meets specs for the malting industry. Feeding to cattle is logical. Also, distillers grains are available in northern Wisconsin. Learn how these feeds can be used as cattle feed.
  • U.P. Direct Marketing Farmer Panel    Four experienced direct marketing producers will discuss their experiences in getting started and thriving with farmers markets and selling directly to consumers. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.
  • U.P. Field Crop farmer panel    Four experienced crop growers will discuss their cash crop enterprises.  What works, what hasn’t, and why.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Raising Hogs in the U.P.    Home grown pork sold locally is very popular here in the U.P. but finding reasonably priced, healthy feeder pigs is challenging. Some producers have even started sow herds to meet demand. Learn the basics of raising pigs in our challenging climate. Dr. Gemus-Benjamin will be presenting via Zoom from MSU.
  • Being Prepared to Apply for Loan Funding    Applying for loan funding for farming can be a trying process. Learn from local lenders and MSUE about how to be prepared to start the process on the right foot.
  • Sorting out the buzz about soil health:  Bringing it home to the U.P.    We’re all reading and hearing a lot about soil health and its impact on agriculture and society.  But some of the key messages like cover crops and no-till don’t seem to fit easily on many U.P. farms.  We’ll take a step back and discuss the importance of soil organic matter and explore practical ways to build it up on U.P. farms.
  • Holstein Calves from Birth to Grass or the Feedlot    Marketing Holstein steer calves from the U.P. is challenging. Farmers across the U.P. have taken the opportunity to start raising these calves. Learn the best management regimes for calves based on their destination of pasture or feedlot.
  • Opportunities for beginning and/or young farmers    Farming can be a capital-intensive endeavor and the need for outside funds maybe essential to getting started. Learn from USDA/FSA the varied opportunities available to young and or beginning farmers.

(If a session topic or time have changed due to speaker scheduling or availability problems, notice will be posted at the registration table and you will have the option of selecting a different session.)

Opening session keynote speaker will be Diane Hanson, Delta County Farmer, MI Ag Commission Member on the theme “Advocating for Upper Peninsula Agriculture”.

Register early to receive a $10 discount!!! Cost to register is $25 for pre-registration. After Feb. 24, the cost is $35 to register. Lunch and materials are included in the cost.

Online registration available until March 6, 2016.


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