From: Jennifer Silveri, Eaton Conservation District [mailto:[log in to unmask]

Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:42 AM
To: Silveri, Jennifer - NRCS-CD, Charlotte, MI <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Conservation Innovation Field Day August 31st!


It's a Bird! Its a Plane! Oh wait, it's one of Bruno Basso's Drones!



Join us for the 2015 Conservation Innovation Field Day on August 31st at MSU!
Local farmers and conservation partners are invited to participate in an agricultural field day on MSU's campus.  The Conservation Innovation Field Day is a partnership between local Conservation Districts, County Farm Bureau Chapters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and MSU Extension.  It will highlight the use of innovative farming practices and technologies to improve conservation of natural resources on Michigan Farms. 
Bruno Basso, associate professor at MSU, will be joining the field day to demonstrate his work using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to model water and nutrient cycling in relation to agro-ecosystems.  Basso is working to develop SALUS, a next generation process-based model that integrates crop productivity with water, carbon, and nutrient fluxes in a spatially explicit manner.  MSU Extension will be discussing applications and limitations of UAVs in agriculture. 
The days agenda will also include information about biofuel research utilizing sorghum, pest management updates, leveraging services available through event hosts, tours of the newly MAEAP verified MSU Horticulture Farm and an overview of the MIFFS Veterans in Ag Network.
9am Welcome and Introductions
9:30 Biomass Research Update, Sorghum trials -Dennis Pennington, MSUE
10:30 UAV Demonstration and discussion about applications and challenges to Ag - George Silva & Dennis Pennington MSUE
11 MAEAP & NRCS update
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Keynote: UAV applications to nutrient and water cycling in crop ecology- Bruno Basso MSU
1:45 MIFFS Veterans in Ag Network overview- Dylan Thomas, Co-chair and owner of Twisted Pines Farm
2:00 IPM and Emerging Pest Update (Brown Marmortated Stink Bug and Spotted Wing Drosophila)  - Julianna Wilson, MSU
3:00 pm Optional Haygrove and Horticulture Farm MAEAP Tour
Wrap up and RUP credits 3-4pm depending on tour participation
Monday, August 31st  
9-3pm (with optional farm tour after)
MSU Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 N. College Rd Holt, MI on MSU South campus

4 RUP(1A,1B,1C & Core) and MAEAP Phase 1 credits available.

Please RSVP to Eaton Conservation District (517) 543-1512 x 112 by Thursday 8/27. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance and Eaton and Ingham County Farm Bureaus. This is a free event!  


Eaton Conservation District
551 Courthouse Dr Ste 3
Charlotte, MI 
Tel. 517 543-1512 ext. 5




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