2014 Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from the Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference, held March 5, 2014 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Mich.

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Conference Sessions

Global Economic Outlook and Impacts on AgricultureBryan Dierlam, Director, Government Affairs, Cargill

Antibiotic Use and Resistance – How do we Keep Michigan Agriculture Resilient so it Continues to Grow in the Future? Jim Tiedje, Center for Microbial Ecology, MSU

Predicting Availability of Water Resources and Challenges Posed by Changes in Climate and Land Use – David Hyndman, Department of Geological Sciences, MSU

Farm Land is a Valuable Farm Asset – Where is the Value?Dennis Stein, MSU Extension

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Update – Jamie Clover Adams, Director, MDARD 

MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Update – Fred Poston, Dean, CANR

Modeling Farming System Strategies to Optimize Water, Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling – Bruno Basso, Department of Geological Sciences, MSU

State and National Legislative UpdateRyan Findlay, National Legislative Council, Michigan Farm Bureau and Matt Smego, Government Relations Manager, Michigan Farm Bureau

Farm Bill Update – Dave Schweikhardt, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, MSU

Breakout Sessions


Employee Management and Communication Gaps: A New Reality for Dairy Producers – Dr. Ron Erskine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU

Michigan Emergency Preparedness PlanningDr. Mike Neault, MDARD

Changes to Michigan Feed LawApril Hunt and Tim Lyons, MDARD

Field Crops

From Data to Drones: Precision Agriculture Applications, Trends and Use of DataMatt Erickson, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

From Data to Drones: Precision Agriculture Applications, Trends and Use of Data – Bruno Basso, Department of Geological Sciences, MSU 

Specialty Crops

Food Safety Modernization Act and YouPhil Tocco, MSU Extension 

• Rethinking Your Labor Relationship – Craig Anderson, Michigan Farm Bureau