• Livestock may not mix with fruit and vegetable production

    March 2, 2012 | Phil Tocco | Livestock in close proximity to produce-growing areas can pose a problem for growers seeking food safety certification. With proper mitigation strategies, the two can coexist. Without these strategies, passing an audit may be difficult.

  • Weather and crop protection workshops scheduled for March 19 and 20

    February 29, 2012 | Diane Brown-Rytlewski, Carlos Garcia-Salazar and Mark Longstroth | Several workshops in March will allow fruit growers to anticipate the effects of weather on insect pests and plant diseases and adapt their control strategies accordingly.

  • From Muscat to Moscato: How will America’s hottest wine trend impact Michigan?

    February 13, 2012 | Joanne Davidhizar and Paolo Sabbatini | Moscato is experiencing tremendous growth in the U.S. market. Michigan’s commercial wine industry stands to benefit from this trend and Michigan State University’s experimental plantings of Muscat varieties.

  • Do you need a brush-up on pest management basics?

    February 10, 2012 | Amy Irish-Brown | MSU’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a quick, concentrated way to update your IPM skills. Join us on the MSU campus February 20-21.

  • Who is eating the produce that I grow?

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | When adopting food safety practices on the farm, it’s important to remember why and for whom it is being done.

  • Dealing with water for irrigating

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | The insurance of maintaining a produce crop with irrigation can be all but eliminated if the water being used contaminates the produce with food-borne illness. Here are a few considerations when implementing irrigation practices.

  • IPM Academy to offer continuing education credits

    January 23, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | Need more continuing education credits in 2012? The IPM Academy on February 20-21 will offer 16 Pesticide Recertification credits, 9 Certified Crop Advisor credits, MAEAP Phase I credits, and 7 Certified Green Industry Professional credits!

  • Learn how to evaluate wine from master sommeliers on February 7

    January 20, 2012 | Diane Brown | Wine professionals and aficionados are invited to the Wine Evaluation Workshop and tasting of Lake Michigan Shore Appellation wines sponsored by the Michigan Grape Society.

  • Are the “kids” back on the farm?

    January 18, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | MSU Extension’s IPM Academy on February 20-21 can bring the newest generation of farmers up to speed on pest management in a variety of cropping systems.

  • Interested in sustainable pest management? Try the IPM Academy

    January 3, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | Michigan State University Extension is hosting an Integrated Pest Management Academy designed to bring participants to a new level of success with their IPM decisions and practices.

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