4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education

Natural Resources

Floriculture & Greenhouse Crop Production


  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 6, September 15

    Published on September 15, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics.

  • Solar Energy Lease Agreement Considerations

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: With the change in Administrations in Washington, there is likely to be renewed interest in expanding renewable energy resources in the countryside. MSU Extension’s Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension Bioenergy Educator, has been in the forefront of investigating ways to include solar, wind and biogas generation of power to reduce energy costs to producers. This session will focus on things to consider if you are approached by a renewable energy company to build solar generation on your or adjacent farms. We have asked Charles to discuss how these may impact your operation (or how to minimize the impacts) and what the implications may be for your neighbors and property tax valuation.

  • Exploring alternative, carbon-neutral energy

    Michigan State University researchers are off-setting the use of coal by employing a carbon-neutral energy source: thinning chips.

  • Exploring hybrid-plant energy sources

    Michigan State University researchers are evaluating hybrid poplar trees as a potential woody fuel source for use in short-rotation energy plantations. The poplars can be burned for energy or converted into ethanol.