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  • Animal Agriculture

    MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch serve the animal agriculture industry by engaging in research, education and outreach that enhances the quality of life for constituents throughout the state.

  • Manure Hauler Certification Program

    The certification program creates a clear pathway for farms and for-hire manure applicators (firms) to move from training, to certification, to third party audit (incentivized by reductions in insurance premiums) without implementing a mandatory program. There are three levels to the certification program. Passing the online course with a score of 80% or more is one of two components of becoming Level 1 certified.

  • Emergency Response to Accident Involving Livestock virtual training

    This virtual training provides participants with the information needed to effectively and efficiently respond to an accident where animals are involved.

  • 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.

  • Manure Virtual Field Day featuring Annie Link

    Published on August 17, 2020

    Annie Link, from Swiss Lane Dairy Farms, discusses being a fourth generation farmer.

  • May 25

    Embryology 4-H SPIN Club

    May 25, 2021 – June 29, 2021 Virtual

    During the 4-H Embryology SPIN Club, we’ll explore parts of a chicken egg, incubator set up, incubation days 1-21 (daily chick development, candling, the hatch!), after the hatch, and chick handling.

  • Jun 28

    Spring Food Safety Q&A - June 28

    June 28, 2021 1:00PM – 1:30PM Online Via Zoom

    Join MSU Extension food safety educators as they dive into food safety topics each week and answer your questions.

  • Apr 10

    4-H Horse Judging Contest

    April 10, 2021 9:00AM – 4:00PM Virtual

    Michigan's state-level 4-H horse judging contest!

  • Jul 31

    MSU Tollgate Farm Grand Re-Opening Celebration

    July 31, 2021 2:00PM – 8:00PM MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48377

    Come celebrate the re-opening of MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center at this family friendly event! Guests can enjoy live music, wagon rides, kids crafts, meeting our livestock, concession stands and much more!

  • Dec 15

    CANCELED: 2021 MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

    December 15, 2020 – August 21, 2021

    MSU Tollgate SSLI is open to youth 15-19 interested in learning about sustainability through career/workforce preparation, a mentorship model, and capstone projects.

  • Jun 15

    Be Food Safe and Ready for Emergencies

    June 15, 2021 – August 24, 2021 Zoom Webinar

    Learn how to maintain safe food during weather emergencies as well as planning for farm issues, financial distress, and becoming mindful when handling emergencies.

  • Mar 1

    2022 Michigan Dairy Health Symposium

    March 1, 2022 – March 14, 2022 Molecular Plant Sciences Auditorium (Rm 1200) Michigan State University 1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824

    This symposium will focus on dairy calf health management.

  • Apr 11

    4-H Hippology Contest

    April 11, 2021 9:00AM – 4:00PM Virtually

    Michigan's state-level 4-H Hippology contest. Contest will be held virtually.

  • Apr 25

    CANCELED: Making the Most out of your Market Animal

    April 25, 2020 10:00AM – 2:00PM Cass District. Library - Main Branch 319 M-62, Cassopolis, MI 49031

    This workshop will teach youth, ages 9-19, how to create an effective buyer's letter that will recruit buyers and a thank-you that will keep them coming back in future years!

  • Mar 26

    POSTPONED: Inaugural James J. Ireland Endowed Lectureship in Farm Animal Agricultural and Biomedical Research

    March 26, 2020 10:00AM – 3:00PM The Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium

    Vasantha Padmanabhan, M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan: Programming Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Phenotype: Organizational vs. Activational Contributions

  • Farm Safety

    Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. MSU Extension offers resources for farmers who want to reduce risk and harm on their agricultural operations.

  • Beef

    MSU Extension serves the Michigan beef industry by engaging in research, education and outreach that enhances the quality of life for constituents throughout the state.

  • Dairy

    MSU Extension provides easy-to-access information and specialized dairy programs, ranging from online resources to educational seminars, to producers and advisors throughout the state.

  • Poultry

    MSU Extension’s focus on poultry production brings together cross-discipline educators and researchers who work with both commercial poultry producers, small flock owners and youth.

  • Sheep & Goats

    MSU Extension supports the diverse needs of sheep and goat producers in the upper Midwest. Educational programming efforts focus on critical issues affecting all producers.

  • Horses

    MSU Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.