2016 Bridging the Experience Gap

Date: August 8, 2016 - September 27, 2016
Time: See description.
Location: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Contact: Phil Kaatz, 810-667-0341, kaatz@anr.msu.edu; Bob Battel at 989-269-9949, battlero@anr.msu.edu

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Sessions begin at 9 a.m.  Space is Limited!  Register TODAY!

This exceptional MSU Extension education program features outstanding topics based on feedback from early career peers. Learn about the latest research trends, participate in group discussions and skill-building activities in: 

  • Crop and soil science systems and pest management
  • Animal science systems
  • Finance and banking
  • New and innovative technologies 
  • Networking and communicating for success

This program provides a platform for professionals to gain experience, network with their peers and ask questions from knowledgeable instructors without fear of rejection or criticism.  

This four-part series is designed to help new agribusiness professionals, especially those with limited or no farm experience, gain a better understanding of the broad scope and depth associated with today’s  agricultural systems.  

  • Session 1 - Cropping systems, soils and tillage equipment/hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment
  • Session 2 - Communications and farm technology/learn how to have effective conversations and how to make interactions meaningful
  • Session 3 - Livestock tour, biosecurity and food security/group tours to help participants better understand the value of livestock enterprises to the agriculture economy
  • Session 4 - Farm management and a tours of the Michigan Sugar factory and POET Biorefining ethonol plant/see the impact Michigan sugar beets and ethanol have on the agricuture economy. These are great examples of adding value to crops

Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions.

Cost: $300     All training supplies and lunches are included


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