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Looking for an opportunity to brush up on your pest management skills? Register for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy, slated for Feb. 18‒19 at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Mich.
This two-day workshop, sponsored by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, will help growers, consultants and public sector employees improve their IPM practices on the farm and take advantage of all the resources MSU has to offer. The program is designed for people working in a new cropping area or those interested in revisiting their IPM skills.
The presenters at this program include a number of MSU’s research and extension faculty, offering a rare opportunity to hear from experts working in a variety of disciplines and cropping systems at a single event.
The first day of the program will cover fundamental topics including:
· IPM strategies for disease and insect control
· Promotion and protection of pollinators
· Alternative weed control strategies
· Pesticide basics
· Impacts of weather on pesticides
· Invasive pests
· IPM resources from MSU, and more
On day two, participants can attend two half-day sessions focused on the topic of their choice, including the following options:
· Soil health: What Is it, Why Is it Important, and How Can it Be Managed?
· Landscape Design and IPM: Getting it Right From the Start
· Stewardship of Pesticides in Michigan Field Crops
· Hops: Getting Started
· Hop Management
· Ecologically Based Fruit Pest Management
· Managing Pests in Diverse Vegetable Rotations
· Solving the Puzzle: IPM Planning and Implementation for Real-world Field Crops Systems
· Emerging Pest Problems of Michigan Landscapes
For a full description of each session, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=IPMAcademy2014.
The registration fee is $225. Snacks, lunch and parking are included. Participants also receive a notebook with program material and a complimentary IPM-related MSU bulletin. Michigan pesticide recertification credits will be available; the exact number will be based on session selection, but participants can expect at least six credits (private or commercial core available).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Starting today through Jan. 17, 2014, producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS.
The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy.
Eligible landowners and operators in all states and territories can enroll in CSP through January 17th to be eligible during the 2014 federal fiscal year. While local NRCS offices accept CSP applications year round, NRCS evaluates applications during announced ranking periods.
To be eligible for this year’s enrollment, producers must have their applications submitted to NRCS by the closing date.
A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.
Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.
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Michigan Sugar has announced grower meeting dates and locations:
December 10 - East District Meeting in Croswell
December 12 - West District Meeting in Saginaw
December 16 - Central District Meeting in Sebewaing
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