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  • Preparing for a Manure Application Equipment Inspection

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Preparing for a manure application equipment inspection - Craig Anderson (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Closing Remarks - Kris Wardin, MMPA Board of Directors

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Closing remarks - Kris Wardin (Dairy farmer and Michigan Milk Producers Association Board of Directors)

  • Conducting Employee Training

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Conducting employee training - Allen Bonthuis (Farming Lean)

  • Reducing Land Application Incidents

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Reducing land application incidents – Leslie Johnson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

  • Compost and Biochar with Brooke Comer

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Brooke shares her wisdom and delight at using compost and biochar as soil amendments , and hopefully you’ll walk away with some ideas and inspiration to incorporate into your garden.

  • Seed Starting with Rebecca Krans

    Published on February 16, 2021

    Our first episode of Cabin Fever Conversations for 2021 featured MSU Extension's Rebecca Krans teaching us about seed starting.

  • Indigenous Community Gardening as Community-Building with Grant Gliniecki

    Published on February 12, 2021

    Learn about the work Grant Gliniecki and the Giitigan Gardens team been doing in Lansing focused on Indigenous community gardening.

  • Wild Spartans: All About Honey Bees with with Ana Heck

    Published on February 9, 2021

    In this episode, we talk to an entomologist researching the pollinators of our world. Meet MSU apiculture researcher, Ana Heck, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “All About Honey Bees: Working with a Superorganism” as we discover what the buzz really is about bees!

  • Bug Bites! Session 2: Aphidoletes and aphid parasitoids

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 2: Aphidoletes and aphid parasitoids with Kelly Vance and Erik van der Sluys from Beneficial Insectary. Recorded live on October 13, 2020. Kelly and Eric cover the ins and outs of managing aphids with Aphidoletes aphidimyza (a predator midge) and Aphidius wasps. Pesticide integration and intraguild predation are also discussed.

  • Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM in Ontario with Dr. Sarah Jandricic from OMAFRA. Recorded live on October 6, 2020. Dr. Jandricic discusses best practices for managing the Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), the most common and troublesome pest in commercial poinsettia production.

  • Bug Bites! Session 4: Biopesticide integration: strategy and economic considerations

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Biopesticide integration: strategy and economics with JJ Klimp from Hidden Leaf Greenhouse in Kalamazoo, MI. Recorded live on Oct 27, 2020. JJ shares his approach to successfully integrating biopesticides into his biological control program - what he sprays, when he sprays, and why he sprays it. He includes examples of real spring floriculture crop cycles and provides cost analyses on his chosen management decisions.

  • BugBites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with beneficial organisms

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with Saul Alba and Greg Bryant from Beneficial Insectary. Recorded live on November 2, 2020. Saul and Greg discuss the biology and behavior of fungus gnats & shore flies and the variety of beneficial organisms commonly used to control them. Monitoring techniques and application strategies are also discussed.

  • Bug Bites! Session 3: Quality checks and post-delivery handling

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 3: Quality checks and post-delivery handling with Chris Anzell from Koppert Biological Systems. Recorded live on October 20, 2020. Chris joins us to discuss best practices for post-delivery handling as well as some simple quality checks that growers can perform on their beneficial organisms.

  • 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decision Webinar

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Recording of the 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decisions Webinar

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Introduction to Crossbred Dairy Beef Production

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session 1 of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses crossbred dairy beef production. Raising purebred dairy steers for beef production results in some challenges compared with native beef cattle. Additionally, implementing a crossbreeding program on dairy farms where a terminal beef sire is bred to the dairy cows is becoming increasingly popular across the U.S as an option to increase the value of male dairy calves. Research implementing this crossbreeding strategy with Jersey cattle is presented. Along with sire selection considerations and management practices to help make crossbred dairy beef production a success.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Tips for Raising Dairy Beef Calves

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session two of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Marianne Buza offers some tips for raising dairy beef calves. First, Marianne discusses the importance of colostrum consumption by the calf, colostrum use on Michigan diary farms, and how you can measure to check if the calf has received adequate colostrum. Sanitation practices were discussed to help ensure the prevention of disease between calves. Additionally, when to consider euthanasia was discussed, as well as using necropsy as an investigative means to combat future morbidity and mortality outbreaks.

  • Coronavirus Relief Programs for Nontraditional Commodities

    Published on January 28, 2021

    Corey Clark and Mike Metzger present a summary of coronavirus relief programs that have been offered from the federal and state governments. Topics include applying for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.0 (CFAP 2) and tax implications of participating in the relief programs.

  • Wild Spartans: Raptor Conservation with Libby Mojica

    Published on January 12, 2021

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we take to the skies to talk to an ornithologist about the raptors that inspire us! Learn about researching, protecting, and conserving raptors that soar our skies. Meet EDM wildlife biologist, Libby Mojica, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “Raptor Conservation and Management: Working with Birds of Prey in Cities and Wildlands.”

  • Food Business Legal 101 Recording

    Published on November 13, 2020

    The session provided an introduction to some of the laws governing the food industry for those seeking to establish or expand a food business in the State of Michigan.

  • Wild Spartans: Science in Zookeeping & Conservation with Caitlin Mack

    Published on November 10, 2020

    In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we head to the sub-Sahara to learn about African painted (wild) dogs. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Caitlin Mack, learn about her work on the social behavior and conservation of these rare carnivores, and the education and career path she followed as she discusses “Science in Zookeeping and Conservation.”