Seven compelling reasons to attend the 2015 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update

The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Dec. 15, 2015, will feature MSU field crop specialists, 2016 crop and pest recommendations and pesticide certification credits.

The Michigan State University Extension field crops team along with Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2015 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Dec. 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824). The audience includes agribusiness representatives, retail sales and service professionals, private crop consultants and farmers. Out of state participants are invited to attend.

Seven reasons for attending this event are as follows:

  1. Program participants will receive the most current MSU Extension recommendations for 2016 potential weed, insect and disease problems, fertilizer practices and emerging issues. These recommendations are based on field research conducted by MSU specialists.
  2. This program is offered in a timely fashion so that businesses and farmers can make their year-end bulk purchasing decisions based on potential demand and availability. The timing of bulk purchases can have tax implications.
  3. This event will provide a jumpstart for the 2016 season. The field crop industry is facing production and marketing challenges associated with climate changes, volatile commodity prices, rising input costs, rapidly evolving technologies and potential new pests. The agenda includes a review of the 2015 growing season in the context of local weather-posed challenges.
  4. This event offers an excellent opportunity to network with MSU specialists and local Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance program (MAEAP technicians).
  5. Michigan commodity check-off representatives will highlight new priorities and industry challenges.
  6. Participants will receive a copy of the MSU Extension bulletin E434, “2016 Weed Control Guide.”
  7. Participants will receive six MDARD credits (Com. Core, Priv. Core, 1A), six CCA credits (1NM, 1SW, 3.0PM, 2.0CM) and MAEAP phase 1 credit for this session.

Online registration using a credit card is available. You can also download a brochure for mail-in check registration. Please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 517-543-4467 if you have questions.

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