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Stored Grain Management & Fumigation Training
For Farmers/Commercial Applicators
9:00 am – 3:30 pm; MSU Livestock Pavilion
4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI
Info call Bruce MacKellar @ (269)6578213
Saginaw Valley State University will host a three-day workshop aimed to encourage creative thinking and bring together bright minds surrounding one of Michigan’s leading industries: agriculture.
Sprout Lab, a collaboration between SVSU and Grand Valley State University to promote agricultural entrepreneurship and innovation, is organizing the conference that will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 10 at SVSU.
“What we want to do in Sprout Lab is bring together these natural innovators and problem solvers,” said Joseph Affholter, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow entrepreneur-in-residence at SVSU. “This workshop is for people interested in solving problems and building businesses in the agricultural sector. We’re about helping people craft their ideas, test them, and ultimately bring them to market.”
Affholter says the workshop will benefit farmers and those who work with them, including engineers, suppliers, conservationists, students and others. The purpose is to connect people to others with innovative ideas whom they would not ordinarily meet. A similar event at Grand Valley in November resulted in several promising business ventures.
For those ideas that hold commercial promise, Sprout Lab can direct the people with the ideas to the resources needed to implement them.
The cost for the three-day workshop is $195 per person, but those who register by Friday, Dec. 20 can attend for $170. Additional discounts are available for groups and for Michigan Farm Bureau members. To register, or for more information, contact Cowie at (269) 214-1227 or Julie@SproutLab.org.
Sprout Lab is funded by a grant from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. For more information, www.sproutlab.org.
The Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for health insurance for coverage to go into effect Jan. 1 is quickly approaching. And while time to sign up is running out, Michigan State University Extension wants to help people, families and businesses of Michigan make the right health insurance decision.
MSU Extension has a team of educators that can assist individuals, families and employers in understanding the new health insurance rules and requirements, navigate the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, and make a decision that fits both health needs and financial realities.
“People need to be extremely careful when signing up for insurance,” said Brenda Long, who is spearheading MSU Extension’s education efforts. “This is one of the most important decisions a person can make, and they will be dealing with concepts they are often unfamiliar with.”
“We hope to give people the knowledge they need so they can meet with a local certified application counselor, or go to the federal health care site and make the appropriate decisions for themselves and their families.”
To help people better understand the Affordable Care Act and its options, MSU Extension is hosting a series of weekly unbiased educational webinars and launching a new website to explain changes in the insurance landscape. The classes are free and open to the public. A current list of upcoming webinars can be found at MSU Extension’s Affordable Care Act Roadmap (aca.msue.msu.edu.
Organizations that provide health or community assistance, or employers looking to provide education for their employees, can also contact MSU Extension directly at email@example.com and request information about setting up an in-person training session.
Online educational webinars for individuals are held every Monday from 9-11 a.m., 3-5 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. Online educational webinars for farmers and small business owners are held every Monday from noon-2 p.m.
For more information about the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and how both affect the people, families and businesses in Michigan, visit MSU Extension’s Affordable Care Act Roadmap at aca.msue.msu.edu.
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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