Workshops on soil health management when budgets are tight offered throughout Upper Peninsula

Attendees will receive soil health and cost reduction tips for the 2019 growing season.

Soil in field
Improving the health of the soil to improve the bottom line. Photo by Monica Jean, MSU Extension.

Michigan State University Extension educators in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have received grant funding through the Conservation Innovation Grant program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement soil health practices on row crop dairy operation and a pastured beef operation. The intentions of Conservation Innovation Grant projects are to inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms and improves water quality and soil health. Educational opportunities for farmers to learn about soil health management systems research in the Upper Peninsula start this winter, but with the economic slump casting a shadow over agriculture, workshops will also be focusing on costs.

Workshops will include:

  • Coffee and an opportunity to talk with fellow farmers
  • Resources for financial management
  • Recommendations for reducing crop production costs
  • Soil health on a budget
  • Efficient fertilizer use
  • Results from 2018 Upper Peninsula Crop Production Research

To learn more about soil health management systems and cost reduction tips, attend one of the following workshops.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
Workshop #1: 8:30-10:30 a.m. CT
Menominee County MSU Extension office
904 Highway 41 Stephenson, MI 49887

Workshop #2: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Delta County MSU Extension office
2840 College Ave. Escanaba, MI 49829

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Rudyard Twp Hall
18725 S. Mackinac Trail, Rudyard 49780

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A session during Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference at Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

For inquiries, please contact Monica Jean at

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