Extension staff educate at UP agriculture conference

Michigan State University Extension staff members are gearing up for the Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference March 6 at Bay College in Escanaba. Extension educators, specialists and faculty as well as industry specialists will present a wide variety of sessions focusing on Upper Peninsula producers, growers or anyone interested in agriculture. Preserving food, making high quality corn silage, planning a business, growing corn for grain and grazing idle acres are among the sessions offered. Attendees can also choose sessions that cover cattle lameness, noxious and invasive weeds, northern vines, agricultural tourism, Michigan’s Cottage Food Law and much more. Many of the sessions are approved for Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Phase 1 credit.

 Gary Sipiorski, from Vita Plus Corp. of Wisconsin and former agriculture loan officer and member of the advisory committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will serve as keynote speaker. He’ll address the growing revenues with large and small farms and the importance of profitability.

 To find out more and to obtain a registration form, visit the MSU Extension Ontonagon County website.

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