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Webinars & Conferences

Administracion y Manejo de Fincas Pequeñas y Medianas

January 25, 2023 at 11:00:00 PM
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Te interesa aprender sobre el manejo y adiminstracion de tu granja o rancho? Ven para obtener los conocimientos y las herramientas básicas en éste Invierno y Primavera del 2023. El propósito de este curso es el de introducir a pequeños productores agrícolas Latinos a métodos y herramientas básicas para mejorar su capacidad en el manejo de sus cultivos. Las clases serán dictadas en español y todos los materiales también estarán en español para facilitar el aprendizaje y comprensión de los materiales que serán presentados.

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Michigan Cottage Food Law Q & A

February 8, 2023 at 7:00:00 PM
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Meet virtually with a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Inspector as she answers questions that pertain to Michigan's Cottage Food Law. MSU Extension Food Safety Educators and an MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor will also be available to answer food safety and business questions.

Who is Engaged in 10 Cents?

February 8, 2023 at 7:00:00 PM
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The 10 Cents Evaluation Report Mini-Webinar Series consists of five short webinars covering the key findings in the 2020-2021 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report. This series is perfect for 10 Cents grantees, food program managers and staff, and supporters and advocates of the 10 Cents program and farm to school. Farmers and food business owners interested in selling to schools are also encouraged to attend.

What Foods are Served Through 10 Cents?

February 15, 2023 at 7:00:00 PM
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The 10 Cents Evaluation Report Mini-Webinar Series consists of five short webinars covering the key findings in the 2020-2021 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report. This series is perfect for 10 Cents grantees, food program managers and staff, and supporters and advocates of the 10 Cents program and farm to school. Farmers and food business owners interested in selling to schools are also encouraged to attend.

OEFFA 2023 Conference

February 16, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM
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Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate not only follows the process of many farmers and advocates, but it also follows our perspective as we look to shaping the future of agricultural policy with the 2023 Farm Bill. This is an impactful point in time where we can empower a system where family farmers can thrive, fair and transparent markets can prosper, and people, the soil, and the environment can be healthy and sustainable. Sometimes that takes planting seeds, rebuilding our community, and shaking some things up.

Michigan Cottage Food Law

February 16, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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Learn how to prepare and sell foods to the public under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. This two-hour workshop combines education about the Michigan Cottage Food Law and the food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Michigan Cottage Food Law allows residents to manufacture foods in home kitchens and storing those products at home. Topics include preparing, packaging, labeling, storing, and transporting cottage foods.

54th Annual Branch County Farmer's Day

February 20, 2023 at 1:00:00 PM
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Branch County Farmers Day has been a staple for the agriculture community in Branch County for over 50 years. The event brings farmers, agribusiness vendors, and MSU Extension agriculture educators and specialists together for a day of networking, hearing about new ag products and services, conversations over a light lunch, and educational opportunities on a wide range of topics.

2023 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decisions - What Fits Your Farm?

February 21, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Experts from Michigan State University Extension, will provide you with the best information to help you evaluate your risk and make decisions regarding PLC, ARC sign up with the FSA and new crop insurance options.

Growing Healthy Plants – Basics in Plant Disease Management

February 23, 2023 at 12:30:00 AM
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Learn about common methods for disease control, their pros and cons, and how you can adapt these techniques for use in your own home garden.

Michigan Family Farms Conference 2023

February 25, 2023 at 1:30:00 PM
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The Michigan Family Farms Conference is more than just a conference. Year after year, farmers, educators, and food system professionals gather to network, learn, and share resources and experiences. We also come together to celebrate diversity, expand our knowledge of sustainable agriculture, and strengthen the supportive network of farmers that we know is essential for building resilient farms. The Michigan Family Farms Conference offers beginning, small-scale, and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. It is an energizing, hands-on event featuring multiple tracks of breakout sessions plus a youth track to engage the whole family.

Getting Started with Beekeeping at Michigan Ag Ideas to Grow With

February 27, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
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Michigan State University (MSU) Extension invites you to attend the 2023 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference, held virtually, February 27 - March 10, 2023. This unique event was created in 2021 to provide an opportunity for education encompassing many aspects of the agricultural industry and offering a full array of educational sessions for farmers, homeowners, gardeners and others interested in food production and those considering agricultural endeavors.

Risk Management Options for MI Specialty Crop Growers

March 1, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM
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As a decision-maker on a farm, beginning farmers will need to manage many risks. Production risk brought on by weather is one of the most challenging risks to manage. It can not only significantly damage potential yields but also affect markets and revenues. Crop insurance was created as a cost-effective means to aid farmers in managing or reducing the impact of these risks.

Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

March 1, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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The 2023 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference will be held virtually, February 27-March 10, 2023. This two-week program encompasses many aspects of the agricultural industry and offers a full array of educational sessions for farmers and homeowners interested in food production and other agricultural endeavors.

How Foods Move Through the 10 Cents Supply Chain

March 1, 2023 at 7:00:00 PM
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The 10 Cents Evaluation Report Mini-Webinar Series consists of five short webinars covering the key findings in the 2020-2021 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report. This series is perfect for 10 Cents grantees, food program managers and staff, and supporters and advocates of the 10 Cents program and farm to school. Farmers and food business owners interested in selling to schools are also encouraged to attend.

Growing for Schools: Crop Production and Planning

March 2, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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Schools provide a reliable market, with an advantage for crop planning of having specific agreements on volume and timing of product. By working backwards from your delivery commitments, you can plan out your planting needs well in advance. Learn how to schedule plantings, factor in yield loss and consider fluctuations in timing and weather. Additionally, explore how recordkeeping can help you maintain good communication with the school and better plan for future years.

Pricing for Schools: Understanding Costs, Margins, Limitations and Opportunties

March 3, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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Schools operate on strict budgets, so it’s important for farmers to determine if the price schools can pay will work for their business. This session will provide tools for farmers to understand their costs of production and break-even price points, including enterprise budgets and cost calculators.

Gaining & Demonstrating Farm management Experience - Tips for New Farm Managers

March 8, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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The 2023 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference will be held virtually, February 27-March 10, 2023. This two-week program encompasses many aspects of the agricultural industry and offers a full array of educational sessions for farmers and homeowners interested in food production and other agricultural endeavors.

Building the Right Succession Plan for Your Farm

March 8, 2023 at 6:00:00 PM
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Farming is a complex business, and succession planning can be a daunting proposition. Luckily, there are many tools and techniques available for transferring the farm’s assets, operations, and management to the next generation. In this presentation, we will discuss how farmers can customize a plan that utilizes these tools and techniques to meet the unique needs of their family business.

The Big Picture: Does 10 Cents Work?

March 8, 2023 at 7:00:00 PM
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The 10 Cents Evaluation Report Mini-Webinar Series consists of five short webinars covering the key findings in the 2020-2021 10 Cents a Meal Evaluation Report. This series is perfect for 10 Cents grantees, food program managers and staff, and supporters and advocates of the 10 Cents program and farm to school. Farmers and food business owners interested in selling to schools are also encouraged to attend.

Growing for Schools: Product Development and Processing Partnerships

March 9, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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Minimal processing may make the difference between whether a school buys directly from a local farm or sources from a distributor. In this session, farmers will learn about various options for on and off-farm processing, from the conventional to the creative. An example of a creative processing partnership between Montague Schools, FARM in Muskegon and ValleyHUB will be presented.

Growing for ECE: Insights into the growing Early Care and Education Market

March 10, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM
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There is significant untapped market potential for farms in Michigan to sell to early care and education (ECE) settings like preschools, child care centers and head start programs. ECEs provide a nice variety of scales, from home-based childcare settings to large center-based programs, that can be a good match for farms of various sizes. In this session, farmers will learn how to connect with ECEs that are seeking locally-grown products and what specifications or requirements you may encounter when selling into this market.

Dr. Death’s Plant Disease Predictions for 2023

March 22, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about Brian Hudelson’s predictions of what diseases will be prevalent and of importance in 2023. Keep in mind however, that if Brian were actually able to predict accurately, he would not be giving this talk, but would be relaxing on a beach somewhere, drink in hand, having made millions playing the stock market.

2023 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

March 27, 2023 at 1:00:00 PM
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The 2023 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. This conference will be held in-person in Chicago on March 27-29, 2023.

Making It In Michigan

April 20, 2023 at 12:00:00 PM
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The program also boasts a pitch competition with the Michigan Good Food Fund, and the Marketplace Tradeshow. This is brought in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Science (and Art) of Plant Disease Diagnosis

April 26, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about the fascinating and complex process involved in identifying plant diseases. Learn about how to visually assess for plant disease symptoms, as well as about the range of lab tests that are often needed to confirm the identity of plant diseases.

New and Emerging Plant Diseases

May 24, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about plant diseases that have recently arrived in Wisconsin and have potential economic and/or regulatory impact, as well as more established diseases that have the potential to significantly impact the state in the near future.

Vegetable Diseases

June 21, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about common diseases that can adversely affect the plants in your home vegetable garden. This presentation will include information on how to identify these diseases, as well as information on how to manage them.

Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals

July 26, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about common diseases that can adversely affect the herbaceous plants in your home garden. This presentation will include information on how to identify these diseases, as well as information on how to manage them.

Deciduous Tree and Shrub Diseases

August 23, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Learn about common diseases that can adversely affect the trees and shrubs around your home. This presentation will include information on how to identify these diseases, as well as information on how to manage them.

The Bad and the Ugly:

September 27, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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Certain plant diseases are so horrible or so deadly that composting is not an appropriate way to get rid of affected plants. Learn about some of these diseases and their proper management.

Diseases of Houseplants

October 25, 2023 at 11:30:00 PM
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As gardening moves indoors for the winter, growing houseplants can prove challenging. Learn about common houseplant diseases that adversely affect your indoor gardening efforts. This presentation will include information on how to identify these diseases, as well as information on how to manage them.

Diseases of Evergreens

November 16, 2023 at 12:30:00 AM
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Learn about common diseases that can adversely affect the evergreens around your home. This presentation will include information on how to identify these diseases, as well as information on how to manage them.

Ten Cool Diseases You Can Learn to Love
(and Identify by Eye)

December 14, 2023 at 12:30:00 AM
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Learn about ten fascinating plant diseases with such distinctive signs and symptoms that you can identify them by eye. This presentation will cover the biology of the organisms that cause these diseases and tidbits of disease control information as well.

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