General Interest

Session information, including recordings are available below. The sessions have been closed caption by machine, so we apologize for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear until we have a chance to edit the captioning files.

Friday, February 19

9 a.m. - Understanding the Michigan Food Law - How to start a business in your home kitchen

Kendra Wills

Do you have a recipe that your friends and family love? Do you have the time and financial resources to devote to launching your own business? The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows for the production of some types of low-risk foods in a home kitchen for direct-to-consumer sales. Attend this workshop to learn about what types of food items are permitted, labeling requirements and resources for understanding the basics of launching a Cottage Food Business.

10 a.m. - How to work constructively with townships workshop for Agricultural Producers and Ag Entrepreneurs

Tyler Augst

Are you considering diversifying your farm operations to include things like agritourism or events? Many local governments in Michigan use planning zoning to regulate these type of land uses and it’s important to understand those regulations and how to work with your local unit of government on your plans. MSU Extension Educator Tyler Augst will give brief overview of planning and zoning in Michigan, what to look for in your local zoning ordinance, and tips for working with your local officials.

11 a.m. - Mending the Stress Fence

Karen Fifield, Phil Kaatz, Eric Karbowski, Stan Moore, Holly Tiret

There are several uncontrollable risk factors that may cause stress for farmers, farm workers and agricultural professionals. Many farmers face financial problems, market uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges and communication barriers. You may know farmers who struggles with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts. This short program will help participants create self-awareness and provide them with tools and resources to help those in need. 

While this session wasn't recording, additional resources and information can be found by visiting the MSU Extension Managing Farm Stress website