Our second annual Michigan State University (MSU) Agriculture Innovation Day is almost here. The event takes place August 24 at our Lake City Research Center. The theme this year is Focus on Forages and the Future. I hope that you’ll spread the word about this program, and I would like to invite you to join us as well. There’s a great line-up designed to deliver a cutting-edge, in-depth look at forages, livestock and the future to help farmers meet growing demands.
Here are the sessions that will be offered:
- Making the Most of Reduced-Lignin Alfalfa in Your Operation
- Precision is the Division in Silage
- Expand Your Use With Double-Cropping
- Precision Dairy Cattle Monitoring
- Finding the Right Mix for Soil Health
- Baleage Made Tight, Made Right
- Creating Profitable Beef Operations by Managing Land, Livestock and People
- Grass-Fed Beef – Research and Experience
- Is Your Land Regenerating?
Another important element of the day is that MSU will send recruiters to the event to provide students with information about all of the degrees available through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. We want to engage our next generation of farmers and producers, and give them the tools they need to meet the challenges they will face in the future.
We’ll also have an opportunity to hear from President Lou Anna K. Simon and Dean Ron Hendrick over the dinner portion of the event.
The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end around 9 p.m. For course descriptions and to register for the event, visit the Ag Innovation Day website. I hope to see you there!
Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch has announced the schedule for the research centers’ summer field days. These field days are an important opportunity to connect Michigan residents and industry with the latest MSU research. Often, the field days showcase research and extension through an open house format, and often offer educational opportunities and trainings. We hope that you’ll spread the word and be able to join us!
Kellogg Biological Station – Multiple Field Days
June 13 and Aug. 1, 4–8 p.m. – Pasture Dairy Center Open House
June 28 – Barley Field Day
November 3 – Cover Crops Field Day
Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center – July 26
The 28th annual MSU Viticulture Field Day
Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center – July 29
Montcalm Research Center – August 3
Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center – August 10
This field day features a morning program on dry beans, sugar beets, wheat, corn and soybeans. Lunch will follow.
Lake City Research Center – August 24
Ag Innovation Day: Focus on Forage and the Future
Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center – August 24
3 p.m. Field day will include an equipment show, dinner and the annual meeting of the Leelanau Horticulture Society.
For more information, see the MSU AgBioResearch press release about their field days.
Over 400 participants attended MSU Turfgrass Field Day. Photo courtesy of Kevin Frank.
Michigan State University (MSU) Turgrass Field Day took place Aug. 10 at the Robert W. Hancock Turfgrass Research Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing. Turfgrass Field Day presented the latest research and management recommendations from the MSU Turf Team. Over 400 participants attended 12 different research tours and presentations covering turf research for golf, lawn and athletic fields. In the afternoon, attendees chose between three in-depth, hands-on workshops on weed walk, disease ID and insect diagnostics.
“Wonderful example of the interest from industry representatives in attending the various sessions ranging from weeds to insects,” Patrick Cudney, MSU Extension associate director, said. “Hundreds of turf managers from golf courses, municipalities and other universities were in attendance.”
Carl Schwartzkopf, MSU turfgrass management alumnus, announced that he will donate $20,000 to the Paul Rieke Endowment for turfgrass graduate students. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation website describes the endowment dedicated to retired MSU faculty member Paul Rieke who made major contributions to turfgrass science through research, education and outreach.
Thank you Amy Fouty, Jennifer Maszatics, Kevin Frank, Mark Collins and Jesse Sholl and to all the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and MSU staff members that put on such a successful field day.
Thank you to our Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and AgBioResearch faculty and staff and our partners for a successful event at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) in Chatham. Over 200 people from across the state and the Midwest attended the U.P. Food Conference: Together at the Farm program.
Together at the Farm showcased our research and outreach efforts through interaction with attendees at both of the farm sites. During the morning and the afternoon sessions, a diverse pool of presenters offered over 20 workshop opportunities such as ruminant grazing systems, composting for soil quality, sustaining a school garden program, year-round herb production in greenhouses, small farm tools and implements and understanding policy to support local food systems. Presenters included MSU faculty, but the event also capitalized on local expertise and guest speakers. The evening included a keynote speaker and dinner, followed by a barn dance.
For attending, participants could receive credit in Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Phase I, Master Citizen Planner and State Continuing Education Clock Hours.
We would like to thank all of our partners that made Together at the Farm possible: the U.P. Food Exchange, the Marquette Food Co-Op, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and MAEAP. Thank you to all of our event sponsors for making the program possible. Interested in finding out more about the event and our sponsors? Visit upfoodexchange.com. We hope that you’ll be able to join us next year.