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USDA Offers Renewal Option for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts, Extends Deadline for General Sign-up Applications

Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts. These producers must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches.

USDA will also extend the deadline for general sign-up CSP applications until Friday, March 13, 2015 providing farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers two additional weeks to apply for this funding round of $100 million.

Agricultural producers or forest landowners with existing contracts scheduled to expire this calendar year and who wish to renew for an additional five-year term must submit an application indicating their intent to renew to their local NRCS office prior to the national application deadline of March 31, 2015. 

To learn more about CSP contract renewals, visit your local NRCS office. Visit the Conservation Stewardship Program page for more information about this program.

 

Poultry Product Processing Workshop At MSU

Michigan Meat Association (MMA) and Michigan State University Extension are partnering for the Poultry Product Processing workshop on Friday, March 6, 2015. This workshop will provide new and alternative ways to make further processed poultry products and improve processing parameters. Meat and poultry processors interested in adding more poultry options to their product line should consider attending the workshop. The workshop will be held at the Michigan State University Meat Lab in Anthony Hall, East Lansing. Speakers will include individuals with extensive industry experience and faculty from Michigan State University. Registration for the workshop is through the Michigan Meat Association. Contact Dru Montri, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, Michigan Meat Association, at dru@michiganmeatassociation.org for more information.

The Poultry Product Processing workshop is a lead-in to Michigan Meat Association’s Annual Convention on March 7, 2015. The MMA Annual Convention will be held at the Crown Plaza in Lansing and include a technical and regulatory session, trade show and processed meat and poultry product contest. Both the pre-convention workshop and MMA Annual Convention prove to be a valuable networking opportunity for meat and poultry processors across Michigan.

4-H Recruitment Campaign Continues

With a goal of expanding its reach to 20 percent of the state’s youth population by the year 2020, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has launched phase two of a statewide 4-H recruitment campaign. Utilizing multiple advertising channels and supported by local county efforts, the campaign hopes to reach thousands of caring adult volunteers and new potential 4-H’ers.

The 2015 campaign is an expansion of the statewide volunteer recruitment campaign MSU Extension launched in the fall of 2014 with support from the Michigan Community Service Commission. Though the campaign continues to emphasize the need for adult volunteers to serve 4-H youth, phase two of the campaign will also focus on recruiting new youth members to Michigan 4-H Youth Development. A flagship program of MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H provides 200,000 young people each year with fun and exciting learning opportunities that help them develop critical life skills.

“As we strive to reach new and underserved regions of the state through 4-H, youth and volunteer recruitment are equally important to us,” said Julie Chapin, director of MSU Extension children and youth programs. “We hope our renewed campaign efforts will help to attract new audiences as they see all that 4-H can offer them.”

Supported by endowment funds from various sources, the 4-H campaign will continue through the spring and feature youth and volunteer recruitment commercials airing on television stations across the state. Another key channel of the campaign will be social media sites, where both state and county Facebook, Twitter and Instagram messages will reach out to new audiences throughout Michigan. In addition, county MSU Extension offices across the state will utilize a toolkit of recruitment resources to help develop their own local recruitment efforts based on their unique county needs.

“There’s no better time than now to join Michigan 4-H,” Chapin said. “Whether you’re a young person eager to explore whatever sparks your interest or a caring adult who wants to give back to your community, there is a 4-H program or opportunity waiting for you – join the club!”

For more information about joining Michigan 4-H, becoming a 4-H volunteer or Michigan 4-H in general, visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/.

ANR Week Workshops at MSU Feature Small Animal Education

During the 100th anniversary of Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, at Michigan State University (MSU) March 7-14, attendees can participate in a variety of meetings, workshops and conferences in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. Workshops being offered this year will explore a wide array of animal topics.

One of the many locations hosting ANR Week sessions is Anthony Hall. Here ANR Week participants can explore topics such as equine education or producing sheep and goat products on small farms. 

The MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education will also host various animal-related programs during the week. Rabbit and cavy judges from around the country will conduct seminars in addition to the rabbit school and show taking place at the pavilion. Classroom CD will serve as this year’s location where participants will learn how to do poultry and gamebird blood tests for Pullorum disease. There will also be various horse activities taking place March 13-15 at the pavilion. Over 200 vendor booths and dozens of horse-related clinics, seminars and educational events will be offered.

For a complete list of programs, conferences and educational opportunities, visit anrweek.canr.msu.edu or contact Jennifer Labun at 517-884-7351 or events@anr.msu.edu.

White Mold in Soybeans Meeting

The cool and wet weather occurring during the 2014 growing season created ideal conditions for white mold development in Soybeans. Although the disease was prevalent throughout the state, the Thumb area of Michigan experienced the greatest losses, with some fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre. Because of this, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and Michigan State University Extension are cooperating to hold an educational meeting to help soybean producers in the Thumb area gain a better understanding of white mold and how to manage it in soybeans. The program will be held on Friday, March 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 South Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734.

Presenters from North Dakota State University and Michigan State University will cover the following topics: predicting the risk of white mold on the basis of environmental conditions; managing white mold in soybeans-a North Dakota and global perspective; Michigan white mold research results and management recommendations; and equipping and operating sprayers for foliar fungicide applications. Participants will earn two pesticide recertification credits. Please see the attached pdf for a detailed agenda.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is covering all costs so there is no charge for the program. However, pre-registration is requested by calling (810) 648-2515 ext. 301 before noon on Wednesday, March 4th as coffee, donuts and educational materials will be provided. Online registration is also available at:

http://events.anr.msu.edu/2015soybeanfrankenmuth.

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp

August 2-8, 2015

Young teens have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences as they go charter fishing, snorkeling, sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more! This really fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

Learning sessions and recreation are designed to:

• Increase teens’ appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science.

• Increase teens’ knowledge about the Great Lakes, natural resources ecology and management issues.

• Develop strong attitudinal attachment to Michigan’s unique natural resources and bioregional features.

• Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship.

• Develop and expand career and personal interests.

• Develop leadership skills and self-confidence.

• Increase social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.

The camp is held at a place called Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, near the shores of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals are all prepared by a qualified cook and served right in the dining hall.

Grandparernts University at MSU

MSU Grandparents University is an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a three-day educational experience while spending time together on the MSU campus.

Participants enjoy the college experience of living in the residence halls, attending classes across campus and sampling the many highlights of MSU. Grandparents University gives alumni a chance to relive their college days while exploring campus and creating lifelong memories with their grandchildren.

Grandparents University is organized by the alumni relations professionals within colleges and units across campus. The program is self-supporting and relies entirely on registration fees, donor contributions and sponsor support to cover all expenses.


Grandparents University is scheduled for
June 30 - July 2, 2015
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Registration is conducted ONLINE ONLY.

Please note that registration dates for Grandparents University 2015 have changed and will take place in March 2015.

Please check back regularly for information on Grandparents University 2015.

4-H Exploration Days at fMSU

June 24-26, 2015

What’s It All About?

About 2,500 youth (ages 11-19) and chaperones from across Michigan attend annually.

This fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

4-H Exploration Days registration goes from mid-March through April with session assignments made on a first-come, first-served basis. As you select your session choices, be sure to watch for age restrictions! Age requirements for sessions are based on your age as of January 1.

Activity Guide

The Activity Guide includes a campus map centerfold and lists where and when all sessions and other activities are being held during the event. Each participant receives a copy at check-in. It will also be available for pre-event viewing online by June 1.

This MSU pre-college program is designed to:

  • Increase responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills.''
  • Increase communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills.
  • Foster ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Increase college exploration and access to the Michigan State Universitycampus and its resources.
  • Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.
  • Give youth opportunities to try things that aren’t available in their county.

Learn more by reviewing the one-page 2014 Impact Summary and the 2014 Full Evaluation Report.  A total of 1,544 youth (80.6%) and 236 (55%) adults completed evaluations. The number of respondents from each county is available separately. Open-ended survey comments by youth are also available separately and are identified by county and MSUE district.

What’s it like?

  • There’ll be more than 200 session choices held on and off campus. You’ll choose one or two for your three-day stay.
  • You’ll live in a Michigan State University dorm and eat in the cafeteria—just like MSU students do.
  • Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts.
  • It’s not all sessions! There’s plenty of time for fun, including swimming, skating, souvenir shopping, exploring, bowling, basketball—even a great dance Thursday night.
  • The 2015 cost is $165 per person. There is an additional $10 4-H participation fee for youth not yet enrolled in 4-H. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. You may wish to check with your county MSU Extension office to see if scholarship funds are available.
  • Registration opens March 17, 2015. Registration books that show all of the sessions and details on everything happening during Exploration Days will be available online and from county Extension offices in March.
  • Registration deadlines (usually the end of April) vary by county, so check with your county MSU Extension office. Don’t wait until the deadline though, because popular sessions fill up fast!
  • Contact the 4-H staff in your county MSU Extension officefor more information on 4-H Exploration Days, and any specific details pertaining to your county’s delegation.

How to Enroll

Youth must be age 11 by January 1 in order to attend.  All participants must submit their forms and payments to the county MSU Extension office (forms are at the back of the registration book).

If you need to obtain contact information of your county 4-H staff, visit: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/ and click on your county name. The county 4-H staff there will process your registration and payment with the State MSUE/4-H office. County 4-H staff manage the recruitment, chaperone and orientation process.

For Parents and Volunteers

Each year participant evaluation responses are overwhelmingly positive. Many parents and 4-H volunteers notice improvements in their children’s interest, knowledge and social skills after they attend 4-H Exploration Days. Participants often return to MSU as students due to the positive experiences they’ve had during 4-H Exploration Days.

All adults who attend 4-H Exploration Days will serve as a session host, activity host, instructor, session helper or county conference assistant; in addition to any role held as a staff member or volunteer chaperone for a county delegation. There must be at least one chaperone for every 10 youths of the same gender. 

Volunteer instructors, session helpers and county conference assistants attend the event at no cost. County-based MSU Extension staff who serve as session instructors or CCAs will receive full scholarships; county staff who serve as session helpers will receive $80 scholarships.


Video and Podcast Previews of the Event

Related Programs

For information about the pre-college programs offered at MSU, please visit Spartan Youth Programs at http://www.spartanyouth.msu.edu. You’ll find a multitude of programs that can help you develop valuable skills, make new friends and taste college life.

Contact

For information regarding registration, scholarship support, housing and orientation, contact the MSU Extension 4-H staff in the county where you live. If you need to obtain contact information for your county MSUE 4-H staff, visit: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/and click on your county name.

For general information regarding 4-H Exploration Days, contact:

Laura Potter, Educational Programs Event Coordinator
Phone: 517-432-2963
Fax: 517-353-4846
Email: potterla@msu.edu

4-H Youth Development
Michigan State University Extension
446 W. Circle Dr., Rm. 240
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI  48824-1039

Michigan 4-H Animal and Vet Science Camp at MSU

Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp is for youth who are interested in exploring animal and veterinary science related projects and activities. Participants must be ages 13 to16 as of January 1, 2015.

This five-day pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) is a partnership with the Michigan 4-H Youth Development, MSU Department of Animal Science and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Youth will explore fields relating to animal and veterinary medicine as well as participate in numerous hands-on learning activities. Participants will also gain animal handling experience while having the opportunity to visit and explore MSU farms and facilities. Throughout the week, teens will work their way through a veterinary science case study as a team and create a presentation to be critiqued by veterinarians. This is a fun and interactive camp that will allow youth to conduct activities, ask questions and problem-solve. Additionally, this camp will help youth explore various animal-related career fields while reflecting on their experiences and community programs.

How do I apply?
Youth ages 13 to 16 will need to complete the 2015 Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp Application Packet and submit it by April 17. Space is limited! Campers will be selected on the basis of their applications.

Send your application by April 17, 2015 to Julie Thelen, 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp, 474 South Shaw Lane, Anthony Hall 1287G, East Lansing, MI  48824-1039.

Date:  June 15-19, 2015
Location:  MSU Campus, East Lansing MI

Small Animals Day at MSU

Small Animals Day is slated from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Admission is $3 per person. Parking is available at the MSU Pavilion.

Join us to milk a cow, watch horse races, hold a baby chick and meet other animals! No farm tours will be given this year.   

Questions? Contact Dorcia Chaison, assistant director of undergraduate programs, at 517-355-0235.

Date: April 18, 2015
Location: MSU Pavilion

 

http://email at chaison@msu.edu

MSU Hosting Annual Vet-a-Visit

Vet-A-Visit is MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house, where everyone is welcome to join us and learn about the fascinating world of veterinary medicine. See all kinds of animals, find out what it takes to become a veterinarian, and tour our state-of-the-art facilities.

 

Vet-a-Visit will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Please join our e-mail mailing list to receive updates about the event.

Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience

Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience
March 22–25, 2015
4-H Capitol Experience is a four-day conference held in
Lansing that focuses on civic engagement and public
policy. The program is open to ALL high school students
in Michigan. Each year, 75 to 100 students take action on
issues that matter to them and learn how they can have an
influence on state government and laws.
 

Sign Up For CAT Alerts This Year

The Crop Advisory Team (CAT) Alerts were timely field-season updates from around the state that kept growers up on the latest production issues. Inclement weather, pest migrations, and disease developments were all reported by MSU Extension field staff and their networks of collaborating scouts, industry reps, and growers. In 2011, CAT alerts were bundled into something called MSUE News. Jim Lincoln had retired from the Bay area position about 15 years ago, and Hannah Stevens was just retiring from the Macomb County office around that time. So, publicity about this change did not reach many of the vegetable growers I now serve, and I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the site to help you get the most out of it. The MSUE News is a part of MSU Extension’s web presence that often gets republished by other digital and print media organizations, and includes miniature bulletins on crop production techniques, advertisements for upcoming events, and in-season crop updates (like the old CAT Alerts). 

 To sign up to receive MSUE News reports to your email, go to www.msue.anr.msu.edu, and click on “Agriculture.” Click the grey box on the left, under the list of agricultural topics: the one that says “Sign up for MSUE News.” Type in your email, state and zip code, then select any of the topics that interest you, and a digest of information will come straight to your email inbox once per week. You will get one email for every topic that you select. So, if you choose just “Pest Management", you will get a digest of things related to pests of all crops, including vegetables. If you choose “Vegetable Production”, then you will only get an email with things of interest to vegetable growers, including pests. Selecting them both will result in two emails, with some overlapping information. You can easily unsubscribe to these by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the top of the emails. I also attached a set of screenshots that takes you through this process, and shows an example of what a winter-time vegetable newsletter looks like.

 If I have your personal contact information, I will still be sending emails about upcoming winter meetings through the Saginaw office secretary, Angelique Rooney. As always, you can send me a direct email at phill406@msu.edu, or call my cell at 616.901.7513. I’ll do my best to assist you with your vegetable needs.

Storm Readiness Is Smart

Get your home ready for the storm season.  It can happen any time, especially when you least expect it.  Click on the link below for MSU's recommendations:

 

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/four_steps_to_a_storm_ready_home

Beginning Farmer Webinar Series Will Be Available

Attention beginning farmers!  The MSU Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is available for you to gain knowledge needed to plan your start-up farming operation, or add a new enterprise to an existing farm.  A series of twenty, 2-hour evening webinars covering a wide variety of farm- related topics is available, including: 

“Getting started with….”

…Small Grain Production, Jan. 26 

...Cover Crops in Organic Vegetable Crop Rotations, Feb. 2

…Integrated Pest Management, Feb. 4

…Manure Storage, Handling and Mortality Management on Small Farms, Feb. 11

…Beekeeping for Pollination and Honey, Feb 13

…Value-Added Agriculture, Feb. 18

…Farm Food Safety, Feb 23

…Sheep and Goat Management, March 2

…USDA Organic Certification, March 9

…Hop Production, March 11

…Season Extension, March 16

…Marketing, March 18

…Small Fruit Production, March 23

…Beef Cow-Calf Production, March 25

…Direct Marketing, March 30

…Managing Soil, Irrigation and Fertilization Interactions, April 1

…Cover Crops in Field Crop Rotations, April 6

…Poultry Production, April 20

…Small Farm Equipment, April 27

…Beef Feedlot Management, April 29

 A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $100.  Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants.  Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office.  Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and on-line or mailed payment options can be found at http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/.

 Each program begins at 7pm Eastern time and will last about 2 hours.  A  high-speed internet connection is required.  You will receive webinar connection information after you register.Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.

Field Crop Information Available Online

There is a convenient, new way to access the latest in field crops information from Michigan State University Extension!  MSUE will offer a series of six online programs highlighting field crop production and pest management on Monday evenings from February 23rd through March 30th, 2015.  Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and dry bean production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts  (see attached flier).

Presentations will begin at 7:00 PM EST each Monday evening and run until 8:00 PM EST. 

One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each webinar for application to one of the following categories:  Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops. 

Participants can view the programs independently online free of charge.  However, pre-registration is required for all participants.

Visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=fieldcropswebinars2015  to register and access connection information. 

Contact James DeDecker at (989) 734-2168 or dedecke5@msu.edu for more information, or by February 16th, 2015 to request accommodations for persons with disabilities.  Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

 

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