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  • New Manure Application Technology

    Published on February 19, 2021

    New manure application technology - Glen Arnold (Ohio State University Extension)

  • Preparing to Develop a Firm Enviromental Management Systems Plan

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Preparing to develop a Firm Environmental Management Systems plan - M. Charles Gould (MSU Extension)

  • Reducing Land Application Incidents

    Published on February 19, 2021

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

  • Sweet Potato Quesadilla

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Add more veggies to your quesadillas with sweet potatoes! MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Calli Brannan demonstrates this easy, nutritious recipe.

  • 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.

  • Conducting Employee Training

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Conducting employee training - Allen Bonthuis (Farming Lean)

  • 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)

  • Overview of the Certification Program

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Overview of the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program - Tess Van Gorder (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Tips on Dealing with the Public

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Tips on dealing with the public - Laura Campbell (Michigan Farm Bureau)

  • Reducing Operator Error During Transportation

    Published on February 19, 2021

    Reducing operator error during transportation - Rachael Osterhaus and Kevin Erb (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Home Beekeeping

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Home Beekeeping: Are you curious about what it takes to become a beekeeper? Learn about the many factors to consider before deciding if beekeeping is right for you. This presentation will cover the first steps for getting started with beekeeping as well as steps everyone can take to support pollinators.

  • Irrigation Management to Improve Yield and Water Use Efficiency While Minimizing Foliar Disease

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: As irrigators your choice of when to start irrigating, how much to apply and when to start the next application result in how much irrigation water it takes to achieve the yield and the number of times the crop was wetted. We will explore some of the tools and techniques available to help you as an irrigator maximize yield, while minimizing water use and disease potential.

  • Veterans in AG / Horticulture

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Nearly 200,000 military service members re-enter the civilian job market every year. Many of them are turning to careers in agriculture to take advantage of their military skillsets or prior farm experience. In this session, learn about the most in-demand resources for veteran farmers, where to find them, and how to use them.

  • How to work constructively with townships workshop for Agricultural Producers and Ag Entrepreneurs

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - General Interest Session: 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.

  • Understanding the Michigan Food Law - How to start a business in your home kitchen

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - General Interest Session: 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.

  • Using the Enviroweather Station Data for Management and Building Your Own?

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Weather and Wildlife Session: The MSU Enviroweather system provides excellent weather information for agricultural management across the state. The system is getting a facelift that should allow users greater access to information and management tools. Keith Mason will be on hand to discuss these changes, what they will mean for users, and other potential tools the team hopes to provide to enhance crop and pest management decisions. Erin Lizotte, Long time MSU Fruit Educator, has now been charged with leading MSU’s IPM Program. She will talk a little about what direction she would like to take the program and ask for some input from participants on what you would like to see for more or better tools in pest management.

  • Weather Outlook for 2021 in Michigan, Our Changing Growing Season Trends

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Weather and Wildlife Session: The session will discuss the weather outlook for the 2021 growing season. Jeff Andresen, MSU Ag Climatolgist, will discuss what his crystal ball has in store for growers for 2021, and how the changing trends may impact crop growth and pest management.

  • Home Irrigation

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources: Home irrigation efforts should no longer consist of oscillating and circular overhead sprinklers at the end of a garden hose. Modern, drip irrigation techniques are a much more convenient and efficient use of time and water resources. This session will introduce you to the basics of design, equipment, installation, and use of landscape and garden drip irrigation.

  • Draining Wet Spots in the Field or Draining the Entire Field

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: Join this presentation to learn more about how to decide if you want to drain part of the field or the entire field. See a demonstration of the Drain Spacing Tool, which estimates the optimum drain spacing that maximizes profit. Learn about blind inlets that drain small depressional areas of the field.