2017 Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference

Date: March 7, 2017 - March 7, 2017
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Bay de Noc Community College Main Campus, Joseph Heirman University Center, 2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49828
Contact: Nikki Kulppi, 906-387-2530, msue.alger@county.msu.edu

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 Crop Protection? Controlling weeds, crop disease and insects is crucial to success on many U.P. farms. Justin will provide an industry perspective on current and emerging crop protection chemical technologies.
  • Dairy Calf Handling Handling young dairy calves is a critical time to ensure calves grow healthy and efficiently as they grow older. This session will discuss handling procedures, care during the winter, care in the alley and using necropsy to find problems.
  • Veterans in Agriculture Network Using my personal story to make the connection between veterans and farming.
  • What’s New in Low-lignin Alfalfa and Other Legume/grass Forages? Selecting seed for alfalfa and other perennial forage plantings is an important decision. Seed industry reps will provide insights into advantages of low-lignin alfalfa and other improved grass and legume forage varieties.
  • On-farm Evaluation Passive Immunity Transfer in Young Calves Producers can pull blood on dairy calves to determine if they have received adequate immunoglobulin transfer from colostrum. Dairy producers and those receiving young calves can test calves on the farm.
  • Local Farmers: Branding and Direct marketing, Open Panel Getting to know your neighbor’s strategy for marketing and branding allowing them to sell locally.
  • Paper Mill Residuals on Your Farm?...Things to consider Area paper mills are offering local farmers an opportunity to receive paper mill residuals as a soil amendment. Learn about how this could impact your cropping system from an experienced consultant and local paper company rep.
  • Beef Cattle Handling Equipment to Make Life Easier This session will cover the use and kinds of cattle handling equipment that cattlemen need to care for their cattle. Also, cattle handling techniques within a given system to lower anxiety.
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Meet some MDARD staff stationed in the U.P. Learn about the different divisions and the many services they provide. Whether your interest is farming, food preparation, or sales; this will be a great change to get to know faces and discuss your questions in a friendly, casual group format.
  • Veterinarian Feed Directive As of January 1st, livestock producers can no longer administer antibiotics through feed and water without approval and directive of a veterinarian. This session will inform producers the steps required to receive such approval.
  • Getting to Know Local Resources Open panel of local businesses and State of Michigan employees who provided assistance and programs to farmers.
  • Managing Crop Nutrients with Money in Mind With careful planning, improved crop production can more than make up for the cost of fertilizer, lime, manure, cover crops. This session will provide new, and review older, crop nutrient tips.

(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 Comments & Introductions: Warren Schauer, Retired Extension Educator MSU Extension

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.



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