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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Managing crop height

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Professor Emeritus Royal Heins discusses the history of DIF, which is the temperature difference between the day and night, and how it can be used to manage plant height of floriculture crops produced in greenhouses. He also discusses graphical tracking of the height of potted flowering plants to help growers achieve their desired height targets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Video: Groundwater Model

    Published on February 1, 2021

    Explanation of how groundwater and surface water interact with presenter Bindu Bhakta, Sustainable Natural Resource Management Extension educator

  • 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.

  • 5 Minute Cardio

    Published on January 21, 2021

    Need a break? Take a 5 minute physical activity break with MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor, Sandria Graham, right from your chair!

  • 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.”

  • Session 4: Michigan Water School Webinar Series - Water Policy

    Published on January 5, 2021

    Session 4: Water Policy. MSU Extension Water School provides local decision-makers, appointed and elected officials, and municipal staff with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues.

  • Session 3: Michigan Water School Webinar Series - Water Economics, Finance, and Planning

    Published on January 4, 2021

    Session 3: Water Economics, Finance, and Planning. MSU Extension Water School provides local decision-makers, appointed and elected officials, and municipal staff with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues.

  • Session 2: Michigan Water School Webinar Series - Water Quality

    Published on December 3, 2020

    Session 2: Water Quality. MSU Extension Water School provides local decision-makers, appointed and elected officials, and municipal staff with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues.

  • 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.”

  • Blueberry Muffin in a Mug - Measuring Skills

    Published on November 3, 2020

    Brennan makes Blueberry Muffin in a Mug and shows us measuring skills!

  • The Easiest Way To Dice and Onion

    Published on October 25, 2020

    Onions are tricky to dice. Try our quick method to prevent the tears.

  • How to Cut a Mango

    Published on October 23, 2020

    The easiest way to cut a mango!

  • Hidden Sources of Added Sugar

    Published on October 22, 2020

    Did you know the World Health Organization recommends eating no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar per day. Added sugars are commonly found in processed beverages and foods. Eating foods with minimal processing means you will be cutting back on sources of added sugars.

  • How to Cut a Starfruit

    Published on October 22, 2020

    Have you ever tried Starfruit? Give one a try! They are an excellent source of vitamin C and a great low calorie snack!