Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference is March 12

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Attention Michigan Forage Council members, hay and silage producer, graziers, cover crop users, and all grassland enthusiasts:

Our annual forage and grazing conference is coming up fast!  Next week on March 12, we have an exciting lineup of speakers appearing at the Kellogg Center on Campus, including Doug Peterson from NRCS in Missouri.  We also have thirteen forage industry exhibitors who are eager to tell you about their products during the breaks.  This year we are offering the ability to pay by credit card if you preregister at Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference  webpage.  As always, we will still be taking registrations at the door, but the cost will be greater on the day of the conference.  Register early and save money.  Michigan Forage Council members get a break on the registration price, but everyone is invited whether they are MFC members or not.  Bring a friend or neighbor

Back this year is the Forage Spokesperson Contest, in which Michigan producers present short talks on their own operations.  Michigan Forage Council will sponsor the winner to represent Michigan forage producers next January at the national AFGC meeting in Louisiana.

To learn more about the conference, including a detailed events flyer, visit the Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference webpage.

We hope to see you all there

Michigan Food Summit Registration Now Open

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Michigan Food Summit provides an interesting opportunity for those who have aquaculture in their areas.  There is no cost to attend this summit.  It will be held during Ag and Natural Resources Week at MSU.

Learn more and register HERE

Nutrient Mamagement and MAEAP Crop-A-Syst Training

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A Basic Nutrient Management Training/MAEAP Crop*A*Syst Training session is set for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 9-5 pm. This is a core training session that addresses basic nutrient management  training for the Cropping system presented by MSUE Educators George Silva and Marilyn Thelen in the morning. The remainder of the Cropping System content will be presented in the afternoon by MDARD Staff. The program will be held at Michigan State University Campus, Agriculture Pavilion, Room A, 4301 Farm Lane Road, East Lansing, MI. Plan to arrive by 8:40 a.m. to register. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The target audience for this program is first year MAEAP technicians. Other technicians may attend if desired with approval of their District Manager

To register, send an email to Elaine Brown browne14@michigan.gov with your name, title, email, phone number and county by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Elaine Brown
Grants and MAEAP Training and Standards Liaison
Environmental Stewardship Division
MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development
517-284-5613

MIFFS Hiring a Beginning Farmer Land Access Program Developer

Monday, March 02, 2015

MIFFS is hiring a Beginning Farmer Land Access Program Developer

This part-time position will be dedicated to developing land access opportunities in Michigan.

The position is part of a recently awarded, USDA funded Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, a three-year collaborative effort between MIFFS, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, and the MSU Student Organic Farm.

Full position description is available on the MIFFS website.

The application deadline is March 20, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is identified. The position will begin in April 2015.