Webinars & Conferences
Do farmers or ranchers really retire? Generational family operations frequently include the aging parents, the living legends of agriculture. Farmers and ranchers self-identify good health with the ability to work. The normal aging process slows down one’s ability to engage in meaningful activities physically and mentally, essentially to continue working. Swirl in the postmenopausal issues incurred by the female farmer, and a myriad of health hazards arise.
Do you live in or around Alpena County? Well, make sure to mark September 24 on your calendar! You will be able to take your family to Breakfast on the Farm hosted by the Tolan Family from Risky Endeavor Dairy in Ossineke, MI. The event will include tours of the farm and great food. It is sure to be a fun time you won’t want to miss!
Education on the Farm EUP
September 24, 2022, 2:00:00 PM
Celebrate Conservation week with a hands on field day! Learn how to identify and mediate garden pests, explore the variety of season extension structures, and how to design and implement one for your space. Gain experience through a community build of a high tunnel to support resilient local food communities in the EUP!
Protecting your Groundwater: Overview of groundwater protection, wellheads, and ways to protect it. This online conservation seminar series is for adults and older youth interested in conservation efforts in their yards, or properties. This series can also provide education and information and may be of interest to Extension Master Gardeners, Michigan Conservation Stewards, Master Naturalists, and generally anyone looking for ways to enhance their property to create a sanctuary for nature out their back door.
The Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28, 2022. In parallel to the conference, we will be announcing a National Strategy that identifies steps the government will take and catalyzes the public and private sectors to address the intersections between food, hunger, nutrition, and health.
The five pillars described below define the scope of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. They are meant to help identify actions that can be taken by all parts of society — including the federal government; local, state, territory, and Tribal governments; nonprofit and community groups; and private companies.
Join us for a Youth Educator proposal application online meeting on September 28, 2022, at 4pm CDT. NCR-SARE's Youth Educator Grant Program coordinator, Joan Benjamin, will review the process for applying, share tips for writing a good proposal, and answer your questions.
Now in their 17th season, MIFMA’s Farmers Markets at the Capitol are a staple of downtown Lansing’s summer landscape. The markets offer the smell of local floral bouquets, the sweet taste of vine-ripened produce, and so much more. Shoppers have a cornucopia of products to choose from including fresh produce, jams, jellies, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, meat, salsas, dips, pickled products, soaps, and more. Visitors can also take advantage of numerous food trucks throughout the market day parked along Capitol Avenue.
Join us in person or online at our premier farmland preservation event on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022!
Enjoy locally sourced signature tapas dishes created by chefs from area restaurants competing to win the coveted Harvest Knife Award! Guests will have an opportunity to taste tapas; vote on their favorite dish; and virtually bid on silent auction items – all while supporting farmland preservation!
With the help from attendees and our sponsors in 2021, over $17,900 was raised to help stem the loss of precious farmland in Ottawa County. These funds are essential for the program to carry out its purpose – protecting the land upon which we grow our food.
Learn about the benefits provided to agricultural lands from integrating pollinator habitat. The workshop will provide technical guidance to help you create and manage different habitat installation types to support your land, increase productivity, improve soil and water health, and support pollinators. Pollinator Partnership and Project Wingspan Agricultural Lands, in partnership with LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service invite members of the agricultural community to participate in the upcoming in-person workshop to increase knowledge of practices that both support pollinator conservation and directly benefit agricultural lands!
The 2022 Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON), hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, will be held October 24 - 25 at the Lansing Center, in Lansing, Michigan. This year’s day and a half program offers breakout sessions focusing on successful case studies, sustainable integration, decarbonization, fleet electrification, and funding opportunities. With plenary sessions strategically placed throughout the event, attendees will engage with various leaders, forming the nexus between business and communities. Whether you are joining us as a community leader or a business leader, you’ll walk away with the network of partners, the practical tools, and the creative fuel you need to keep on course with this rapidly evolving era.