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  • MSU Extension

    Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.


  • How to Grow Lavender: A Curriculum for Farmers

    This self-paced online course provides a comprehensive introduction to lavender production for beginning growers and extends the opportunity for existing growers to learn from nationally recognized experts with respect to regional diversity.

  • A Practical Guide to Scouting Apple Orchards

    A Practical Guide to Scouting Apple Orchards Online Course was developed by MSU Extension and builds off of the original DVD produced by MSU's Integrated Pest Management Program Office. The goal of this course is to provide users with the knowledge needed to effectively, efficiently and safely scout apple orchards.

  • Homeownership Education

    HUD-certified housing counselors educate potential, current and future home buyers to understand the complex buying process and learn the true costs of responsible home ownership. This four-hour course covers all aspects of selecting, financing and closing on your first home. Participants learn about the ins and outs of this important purchase. Spotting predatory lending and fraudulent practices are also discussed. An educated consumer will be more confident and successful with making important personal and financial decisions about homeownership. Scholarships are available based on income for the $25 cohort course. The on-demand course is $89.

  • HACCP Overview for Employees in Meat and Poultry Establishments

    This training is for employees working in meat and poultry establishments that are responsible for monitoring activities. It provides an overview of meat and poultry inspection and the components of a HACCP plan. Participants will learn what biological, chemical, and physical hazards are, the elements of a hazard analysis, examples of critical limits and important monitoring requirements. There are interactive knowledge checks throughout the training and once finished a certificate of completion is issued for the participant. This certificate can serve as documentation of needed training for regulatory or third-party audit purposes.

  • 4-H Michigan Horse Judges

    The 4-H Michigan Horse Judges course is a professional development resource for certified 4-H horse judges in Michigan. The course site includes links to recordings from past conferences and the annual exam.

  • My Way to Wellness

    Are you interested in taking an online nutrition course that fits into your schedule? My Way to Wellness is a new online nutrition program for low-income residents of Michigan offered by MSU Extension. It is self-paced, so you can take it any time that works for you, from anywhere. The course reviews healthy food choices, physical activity, goal setting, food safety, food labels and more. The course has interactive activities and quizzes to aid in learning.

  • Food Safety Training for Food Service Workers

    Food Safety Training for Food Service Workers is a free online program offered through the Kent County Health Department and MSU Extension. The training informs and educates food establishment employees about the five risk factors that contribute most to foodborne illness. This basic food safety training covers personal hygiene and health, cooking temperatures, holding temperatures and cleaning of food contact surfaces.

  • Pollinator Champions

    Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced online course offered by MSU. The course is packed full of videos, articles and fun activities to guide you through the amazing world of pollinators and pollination. Everyone is welcome to learn about pollinators for free, but for a small fee, you can receive a certificate and materials to help you give presentations about pollinators.

  • Informed Renter

    Considering renting but not sure where to start? Already a seasoned renter but want to learn how to become a better one? Attend MSU Extension’s Informed Renter Course online.

  • Michigan 4-H Embryology Course

    This course is designed for teachers, homeschool groups, community partners, 4-H leaders, and other caring adults to teach youth about the science of hatching eggs and provide resources for your own hatching if desired!

  • Michigan Cottage Food Law

    The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows Michigan residents to manufacture and store certain foods in unlicensed home kitchens. Through this training, you will learn about preparing and selling foods under the Michigan Cottage Food Law. In addition, the course reviews important food safety practices when preparing and selling food to the public.

  • Farm Employee University: Employees

    Farm Employee University provides a training platform accessible to all dairy employees and employers. Our goal is to provide education to improve the skills of both employers and employees, lead to a better work environment for all and reduce employee turnover on farms. Material is currently provided in English and will be available soon in Spanish.

  • Integrated Pest Management Academy

    The Desire to Learn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is an interactive, online program designed to provide a comprehensive and convenient online learning experience. Current topics include an introduction to IPM, plant science, soils 101, natural enemies, conserving pollinators, Enviroweather and scouting.

  • Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training Massive Open Online Course

    In this course, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and suicide, ways to effectively communicate with people under stress, and ways to reduce stigma related to mental health concerns. What you learn in this course can help your friends, family, neighbors and community during stressful times.

  • Beef Quality Assurance

    Programs in this area help ensure that food reaching consumers is of utmost quality. Producers and processors learn how their practices affect the final products, and learn tools and techniques to improve overall quality and safety of beef products.

  • Halter: Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource

    This series of lessons is designed to offer equine science information, student activities and techniques to foster positive youth development.

  • Bees, Building Early Emotional Skills, for Parents

    BEES for Parents is a free four-week workshop that helps parents and caregivers of children ages 0–3 develop the skills needed to support the social and emotional development of their children. Digital course materials are provided at no cost.

  • My Horse University Horse Nutrition

    In this course you’ll learn about many aspects of horse nutrition, including anatomy, horse behavior, nutrients, nutritional requirements, feedstuffs, evaluating and balancing a ration, diseases affecting nutrition, and feeding management.

  • Conservation Stewards Program

    Conservation Stewards Program participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and the choices that manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction.

  • My Horse University Summer Horse Care 101

    The Michigan State University Extension Equine Team has put together a Summer Horse Care online course series and is offering it FREE of charge during 2020.