2017 Bridging the Experience Gap

Date: August 14, 2017 - September 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Contact: Phil Kaatz, 810-667-0341, kaatz@anr.msu.edu; Bob Battel 989-269-9949, battlero@anr.msu.edu


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 Ag equipment
Hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment

Session 2 - Livestock, Food safety, and Food processing
Group tour:  see the value generated through livestock enterprises to the agriculture economy.

Session 3 - Farm technology and Communication strategies
See and learn about the latest technology and the future trends for agriculture production systems.  Learn how to have effective conversations to make interactions meaningful with farmers and others in related agriculture fields.  

Session 4 - Michigan Sugar factory, Potato production, and Farm financial management.  
Group tour:  see the impact Michigan sugar beets have on the agriculture economy, plus other value added farming enterprises.  Participants will also learn about farm financial management strategies and challenges.

Participants are expected to attend all four sessions

Cost: $300     All training supplies and lunches are included


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