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Online Commodity Market Update Is Scheduled

Farm producers can take part in an online commodity market update set for Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A recording of this session will be available to all registered participants if this time or date will not work in your schedule, but you will need to pre-register.
This live online program is hosted by District Farm Business Management Educator, Dennis Stein, with Michigan State University Extension. Individuals or groups that would like to participate in this live presentation can register for free.
Registered individuals will be sent necessary log in information for the live broad cast. Following the live session a link to the recorded version of the program will be available to all registrants. 
Featured presenter Commodity Marketing Specialist, Jim Hilker, of Michigan State University will cover the grains market update at 10 a.m.  
Featured presenter Dairy Specialist, Chris Wolf, of Michigan State University will cover the dairy market update about 10:45 a.m.
In addition Dennis Stein will cover current topics related to farms in the Saginaw Valley of Michigan area.  

Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety Workshop Scheduled

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Michigan State University (MSU) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are sponsoring the Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety workshop June 17 at MSU. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy developed this workshop as part of a food safety initiative to continue providing consumers with safe and nutritional food and beverage products. With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements for food safety plans will become a regulatory requirement. This workshop is a proactive measure for risk reduction to prepare producers for future regulations dealing with the HACCP.

Taught by Dennis D’Amico, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Connecticut, this course builds on core knowledge of dairy hygiene, essential manufacturing and hygiene practices, sanitation standard operating procedures, and other preventive controls to help producers understand their operations and the related risks. The goal is to help artisan cheese producers improve their food safety practices by preventing, monitoring and reducing food safety-related risks in critical areas before they become regulatory or affect the consumer. The class will discuss bacteriostatic and bactericidal control points in the manufacturing of cheese. It will also cover validating and verifying the effectiveness of preventive controls, controlling and monitoring environmental pathogens, and testing raw ingredients and product pathogens.

The cost of the workshop is $49. Artisan and farmstead cheesemakers, retail and foodservice buyers of cheese products, and Extension and support personnel who are interested in artisan and farmstead food safety programs will benefit from this class. For more information or to register, visit

Affordable Care Act Workshop Scheduled

The workshop for farms and small business employers is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29th at the extension office in downtown Saginaw.  For more information and to preregister, click on the link below.

Assistance for Beehive Owners from MSU

Tips from MSU if you have on the link below:


http://Spring beehive checklist - 5 things to look for in and around your hive

Multicultural Apprenticeship Program at MSU

Looking for educational and fun activities for the kids this summer? The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and several other colleges and groups around campus have a slate of activities for children of all ages and interests.

Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP), June 15‒July 25. This program is a six-week summer experience sponsored by the CANR and the College of Veterinary Medicine. MAP gives high school students the opportunity to explore college life and the exciting educational and career opportunities in the agricultural and food sciences, natural resources and related fields. Each participant is matched with a member of the CANR faculty to work on a research project. Apply online at

4-H Exploration Days Coming to MSU in June

Looking for educational and fun activities for the kids this summer? The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and several other colleges and groups around campus have a slate of activities for children of all ages and interests

4-H Exploration Days, June 18–20. At this pre-college program, 11- to 18-year-old participants choose from more than 200 sessions that teach specific content as well as responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem solving, decision making and time management. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to enroll. Find more information at

ANR Program Introduction Course Available at MSU

Looking for educational and fun activities for the kids this summer? The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and several other colleges and groups around campus have a slate of activities for children of all ages and interests.

ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS), June 22‒27. This one-week program gives students in ninth through 11th grades broad exposure to the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources and related fields. Participants stay on campus and participate in demonstrations, tours and other hands-on activities designed to give a sampling of what agriculture and natural resources has to offer. Apply online at

ANR Institute for Multicultural Students-Bilingual, July 13–18. This program offers the same opportunities as described in AIMS (above) but it’s offered to bilingual students. This program is specifically aimed at students with a migrant background. Apply online at

4-H Renewable Energy Camp

4-H Renewable Energy Camp, June 23–27. This five-day exploration camp for 13- to 19-year-olds takes place at MSU. It allows campers to explore ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as it relates to agriculture and natural resources. Students stay on campus and engage in learning experiences that include the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Carbon Green BioEnergy, wind farms, MSU research laboratories and the MSU Power Plant. Register and find out more at

4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp at MSU

Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp, June 23‒27. This five-day camp targets youth aged 13 to 16 as of Jan. 1, 2014. This program takes place at MSU in partnership with Michigan 4-H Youth Development, the MSU Department of Animal Science and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the week, youth work their way through a veterinary science case study as a team and create a presentation to be critiqued by veterinarians. Find out more information at

Pre-College Leadership Program Coming to MSU

Pre-College Leadership Program (PCLP), July 13–18. The PCLP is a one-week summer experience for Native American youth entering grades 8 to 12 in fall 2014. It gives youth the opportunity to experience college life and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at MSU. Mornings in this program consist of ACT preparation and afternoons consist of tours and presentations by various MSU colleges. Apply online at

4-H Great Lakes And Natural Resources Camp Coming to MSU

Michigan 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, July 27–Aug. 2. This camp for 13- to 15-year-olds takes place at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, Mich. It allows both 4-H members and nonmembers to not only enjoy all the usual fun camp activities but also learn about science in interesting, hands-on ways. National 4-H and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have recognized this camp with a conservation education award. Find more information online at

39th Annual Old Engine and Tractor Association Show

Dates are August 8, 9, and 10.  Threshing, baling, daily parades, shingle mill and antique autos are all a part of this event.  This year, Oliver Equipment will be highlighted.

For more information, go their website:


$2500 Scholarships For Ag Students Offered

The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships in the amount of $2500; available to students attending an agriculture-related program at a post-secondary educational institution in the United States during the 2014-2015 school year.

This scholarship opportunity is the result of a cooperative commitment between Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, Ag PhD, No-Till Farmer Magazine, Capello USA, PNC Bank, and RFD-TV; and intended to further the education of students who demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate the importance of responsible nutrient management not only for the future of the agricultural industry, but also for our culture as a whole.

Equipping the leaders of tomorrow with an understanding of the delicate balance between high-production agriculture and environmental stewardship will be critical as agriculture strives to more efficiently and sustainably produce food and fiber to feed and clothe the world. The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is committed to the future of agriculture and the youth who represent its leadership, and believe this scholarship will help bring bright students closer to their goal of a career in agriculture.

Interested students may access the scholarship application at:

Deadline for application is May 31, 2014.

Fall Family Days 2014 at the Octagon Barn

September 5, 6 and 7th are the dates for Fall Family Days at Gagetown.  Theme for this year is "Apples".  More information will be coming.


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