Michigan State University to host 102nd ANR Week from March 4-11

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, Quiet Water Symposium, Michigan Farmers Market Conference and more featured during ANR Week.

Michigan State University to host 102nd ANR Week from March 4-11

On March 4-11, 2017, Michigan State University (MSU) will host its 102nd ANR Week.

“ANR Week is really an opportunity for the agriculture and natural resources communities in Michigan to celebrate, learn and anticipate what issues we might be facing together,” said Ron Hendrick, dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch jointly sponsor the week-long event, which is marked by an awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Several organizations related to Michigan agriculture and natural resources industries are hosting conferences and meetings throughout the week, including:

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference – This conference features separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour designed for growers and brewers. Participants can jump between: Hop Introductory, Hop Advanced, and Barley and Malt.

Quiet Water Symposium – Outdoor Michigan’s favorite indoor show features paddle sports, camping, hiking, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and many more outdoor activities.

Michigan Farmers Market Conference – Michigan farmer’s markets, market farmers and vendors meet over two days to learn about up-to-date information related to farmer’s market management and marketing.

Horticulture Therapy – Learn how to utilize horticulture as therapy. This year’s theme is “The Versatility of Gardening for Both Recreation and Treatment.”

Shoreline and Shallows Conference – The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) and its partners will feature case studies and current research related to bioengineering shorelines sites, lakeshore habitats, shoreline restoration and habitat improvement.

Michigan Wildflower Conference – This conference is open to all interested in Michigan native plants, their habitats and how to garden with them.

Michigan Equine Industry Meeting – This meeting is an opportunity for industry representatives to network and develop research and education priorities to further the equine industry in the state.

ANR Week began in 1914 during the joint meeting of the Farmers’ Institute Round-Up and the Michigan Livestock Breeders and Feeders Association. During this time, ANR Week was known as Farmer’s Week. Throughout the event, farmers would come to Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and stay the full week to engage in lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and evening programs. While the times have changed, the philosophy to serve all the people of the state of Michigan remains the same.

Visit http://anrweek.canr.msu.edu/sessions to learn more and see what new programs will join the ANR Week lineup.

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