2010 Michigan Organic Conference "Michigan Organic: Seed, Soil and Health" Presented by MOFFA


When: March 5-6, 2010

Where: Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Why: The conference will consist of several keynote speakers, educational sessions, an organic luncheon, and a “Taste of Michigan” event. Keynote speakers this year are: Jeffrey Smith from the Institute of Responsible Technology and C.R. Lawn of Fedco Seeds and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). 

How: Register online or print out hard copy registration at Questions: Email [log in to unmask] or Phone (248) 262-6826


Registration is now open for the
Michigan Organic Food & Farming Reporting Session

Friday, March 5, 2010, from 1 - 5 PM
Where: The Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
Why: This event features organic research and outreach conducted around Michigan

Topics will include:

Following the research presentations, participants will enjoy a reception and an opportunity to see research posters presented by graduate students.  The top three poster presentations will receive cash awards.
How:     Register online at
    $15 to attend (Register as a Participant), but those who present their research may participate free of charge (Register as a Vendor).  Graduate student may obtain a poster application at

Event flier at
Questions:    Contact Vicki Morrone, MSU Organic Farming Outreach Coordinator
                    (517)353-3542 or [log in to unmask]


Forage Technology Conference


Where: Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

When: Thursday, March 11, 2010, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Why: The program will include updates on the latest technology developments in forages. Topics of discussion include new varieties of alfalfa, grasses and emergency forage crops; new developments in breeding quality traits in alfalfa such as low lignin, bloat-free alfalfa and flexibility in harvest maturity; updates on Roundup Ready alfalfa; and the economics of forage fertilization. Livestock producers may be interested in sessions on forages for feeding high-producing cows, pasture management practices for increased profits and using robotic milking systems in Michigan. The conference will also host forage industry exhibitors.

How: Download Registration Form at under event tab. Cost: $35.00 per person (non-Forage Council Members); $30.00 (Forage Council Members) which covers program registration, proceedings (CD-ROM), lunch, and snacks. For more information, contact Jodie Schonfelder at [log in to unmask] or Richard Leep at [log in to unmask].


Registration available for “Vegetable 201: Ready to take the next step?” Workshop


When: Friday, March 19, 2010, from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Where: Jackson County Extension Office, Jackson, MI

Why: This one-day workshop provides insights from MSU Extension educators and specialists with expertise in commercial vegetable production and management. The workshop is intended for those who have experience with vegetable gardening and have explored turning it into a commercial venture or for those who would like to add a vegetable enterprise to an existing farm business.

How:  Cost $30 per person. Pre-registration required. Visit event tab for registration form. Deadline is March 10, 2010.


Mid-Michigan Farm Show

When: March 23, 2010

Where: Gladwin Community Arena, 402 James Robertson Dr, Gladwin, MI 48624

Why: Sessions include Going Green with Grazing, Farm Insurance, Farmer-Lender Relationship, and Pork Quality Assurance.

How: Going Green with Grazing (Cost: $25 includes lunch and handouts, limited 60 attendees), Farm Insurance (Cost: Free but limited to 10 attendees), Farmer-Lender Relationship (Cost: Free, but limited to 10 attendees), and Pork Quality Assurance (Cost: Youth age 8-18 free, adults $20) to register visit: Deadline March 12, 2010.



2010 Student Organic Farm Workshops and Tour Dates


Location: The MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd, Holt, MI 48842


Tour Dates and Times

*Tours are informal farm walks open to farmers and the general public.


Workshop Dates and Times

* Workshops will focus on year-round production and marketing opportunities. Spaces are limited and reserved for commercial farmers.


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