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Farming Educational Events Special Listing
With a focus on organic production
This is a special edition of the newsletter featuring special educational programs upcoming specifically on organic production systems in Michigan. Hope you can join us for some of these fun and educational events
The Following three events are being held at Michigan State University, Brody Complex on Harrison St.. The forth event listed is a webinar series.
Register today! Click on title of 1, 2, or 3 for details.
1. Herbrucks Organic Seminar, March 8, 9-2:30. Brody Complex Rm 112. Offering presentations on organic production systems around egg production and business management and possible marketing opportunities.
2. Organic Intensives offered by MOFFA, March 9, 2017. Brody Complex, East Lansing, MI
Choose from one of the three topics:
3. Michigan Organic Reporting Session, March 10, 2017 in East Lansing at Brody Hall on Harrison St. Focus is on cover crops in organic systems. $25 farmers, $30 for others, educators (all types) call for a scholarship.
The series is free, but registration is important so we can send you the link.
This work is supported by USDA OREI. Focus of series is on reduced tillage in organic vegetable farming operations.
Michigan State University is teaming up with Cornell University and the University of Maine to offer a 3-part webinar to share the latest research on reduced tillage for organic production and learn about the practices, equipment, and cover crops that can work for your farm. A series of 3 held on Thursdays in March, 3-5p.m.:
March 9, 2017 Reduced Tillage Organic Vegetables on Permanent Beds
March 16, 2017 Strip Tillage – How To and Its Values
March 23, 2017 Cultivation for Reduced Tillage Systems
9- 9:30 a.m. Registration with Continental Breakfast & Opening Remarks
Dan Bewersdorff – Organic Grain Program Director, Herbruck’s
9:45 a.m. Herbruck's Welcome / Outlook for the Organic Egg Industry
10 a.m. Herbruck Pelleted Poultry Fertilizer Program
Brian Geerlings – Fertilizer Sales Manager
10:15 a.m. Soil Health: Ecosystem Properties
RJ Rant - Nutralink Biosystems LLC
11 a.m. Organic Grain Market Update
11:45 a.m. Keeping your Organic Paperwork Straight
Darcy Campbell - Herbruck’s Feed Mill Administrator
12 p.m. Lunch at Brody Square in Brody Hall - Michigan State University
1 p.m. Organic Farmer Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dan Rossman, Retired MSU Extension & Paul Gross, MSU Extension-Education
2 p.m. Open Discussion for the Good of Organic Agriculture - Vendor Presentations
2:30 p.m. Closing remarks
Register online for Herbruck’s Organic Seminar at www.herbrucks.com/events.
To Attend: $10.00 pre-paid registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, the seminar and parking. For Commercial Vendors: $150.00 registration fee for a vendor display. (Non-Profit –
No charge). Parking will be available in the Kellogg Parking Garage. The seminar will be held in Brody Hall which is conveniently located across the street from the Kellogg Parking Garage. You will receive a parking validation ticket at registration. For more
information, please contact Gayle Bantle at 313.701.0822, [log in to unmask] or contact Sherrie McKinch at 616.642.3016, [log in to unmask].
Organic Reporting Session
8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
MSU Brody Hall
241 W. Brody Rd, East Lansing, MICH
What’s on offer?
Cover Crops for Organic Production
On-line registration at:
Cost is $25 for farmers and $30 for others
All materials and lunch are included.
All Types of Educators:
Call about Scholarships!!!
Questions? Email: [log in to unmask] or
Learn about Reduced Tillage for your Organic Vegetable Farms
This WEBinar series is free, but registration is important.
Click here to register: Tillage webinar series registration
Michigan State University is teaming up with Cornell University and the University of Maine to offer a 3-part webinar to share the latest research on reduced tillage for organic production and learn about the practices, equipment, and cover crops that can work for your farm.
The webinar topics include:
1. Reduced Tillage Organic Vegetables on Permanent Beds
Ryan Maher (Cornell University)
Mark Hutton (University of Maine)
Brian Caldwell (Cornell University)
On: Thursday, March 9, 3-5 pm EST
About: Permanent bed systems can help small farms improve soils and reduce tillage for a diversity of crops. Learn how these systems take shape and how different practices are being used to manage weeds, reduce labor, and improve productivity.
2. Strip Tillage – How To and Its Values
Anu Rangarajan (Cornell University -Soil Health)
Dan Brainard (Michigan State University - Weed Management)
Meg McGrath (Cornell University - Disease Management)
Zsofia Szendrei (Michigan State University - Pests and Beneficial Insects)
On: Thursday, March 16, 3-5 pm EST
About: Adapting strip tillage for organic production requires system-wide changes. Learn the tools and equipment and what research is showing about integrating cover crops, managing residue, attracting beneficial insects, and controlling diseases and weeds.
3. Cultivation for Reduced Tillage Systems
Dan Brainard and Sam Hitchcock (Michigan State University - Tillage to manage weeds)
Eric Gallandt and Bryan Brown (University of Maine-Soil management)
On: Thursday, March 23, 3-5 p.m. EST
About: Cultivation of the in-row zone is challenging, especially in reduced tillage systems. Learn about innovative in-row cultivation techniques in reduced tillage crops.
Direct questions to:
Vicki Morrone, Organic Farming Specialist
Organic Farming Specialist
Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Rd Rm 303
East Lansing, MI 48824