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  1. MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes online course registration

    January 4, 2018, 5:00 PM - January 16, 2018, 12:00 AM @ Online course

    Explore the many dimensions of inland lakes including riparian rights, shorelines, ecology, aquatic plants, and citizen involvement and much more through the online program Introduction to Lakes. There are no prerequisites - just a passion for Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes! Topics covered include: Lake ecology Lakes and their watersheds Lakes and their shorelines Michigan water law Aquatic plant management Citizen involvement in lake management. Students have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units complete with captioned video lectures, web-based activities, discussion forums, three biweekly live webinars, and quizzes. Enrollment ends January 16, 2018. This course has been approved for: 14 Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours; 14 MDARD Pesticide Applicator Seminar Credits; 6 Michigan Citizen Planner Education Credits

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  2. Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference registration open

    January 4, 2018, 5:00 PM - February 2, 2018, 12:00 AM @ Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research

    Michigan State University Extension is offering a hybrid webinar-live workshop broadcast at two locations (Benton Harbor & Traverse City) simultaneously for those interested in starting a wine grape vineyard in Michigan. Established and emerging fruit growers; agribusiness and agency partners should attend. Schedule includes soil fertility, wine grape varieties, site selection and preparation, planting, care and vine training, trellis construction, costs and resources. $30 Optional bulletin package includes the following: E-2889 A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in the North Central & Eastern United States E-2644 Vineyard Establishment I: Preplant Decisions E-2645 Vineyard Establishment II: Planting and Early Care of Vineyards After January 19 a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.

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  3. Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

    January 16, 2018, 8:00 AM - January 17, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Grand Traverse Resort

    The exhibit hall will be open during the show to feature vendors of orchard and vineyard equipment and supplies, commodity organizations and other exhibitors. Both Tuesday and Wednesday will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries, apples, wine grapes, berry crops and saskatoons, addressing both production and marketing. The Fruit Industry Luncheon will be held on Tuesday; Wednesday’s general sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute, followed by their luncheon, which is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute by phone 517-669-4264 or by email at The program is co-sponsored by the Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council, MSU Extension & AgBioResearch, Cherry Marketing Institute, Parallel 45 and the MSU Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center.

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  4. Produce Grower Safety Certification Course

    January 18, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Northwestern Michigan College

    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course in Traverse City, and other various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate. The following required modules will be included: Introduction to Produce Safety; Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use; Agricultural Water Postharvest Handling and Sanitation; How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan At least one supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA. Participants must attend all seven modules to obtain certification. Sponsors: MSU Product Center, Produce Safety Alliance; US FDA; MDARD and MI Farm Bureau

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  5. Your Money, Your Goals Webinar

    January 22, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Online webinar

    Michigan State University Extension is offering an online training for financial empowerment. How confident are you in your ability to: Understand core financial management topics, such as budgeting, saving, and setting financial goals? Order and fix credit reports? Make decisions about repaying debts and taking on new debt? A complicated situation calls for a proper toolkit! Come learn about the YOUR MONEY, YOUR GOALS TOOLKIT Registration closes January 19 at 11:59 PM

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  6. Homebuyer Education - Online Series

    January 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - January 25, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Online webinar

    This homeownership seminar from MSU Extension will provide you with valuable information about the home-buying process, and will teach you: The advantages of homeownership The steps in the home-buying process The costs of homeownership The importance of good credit How to determine how much house you can afford Mortgage loan basics How to maintain your investment This two part series will be held on January 23 and 25 online from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. Participants are required to attend both sessions to receive their Certificate of Completion. Please note: For the best experience, it is recommended you have webcam and microphone access on your computer. This class is smart phone friendly.

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  7. Horse JEOPARDY with 4-H!

    January 28, 2018, 1:00 PM @ Incredible Mo's

    Come put your horse knowledge to the test! All are welcome! Huge thank you to our prize sponsor - GT Saddlery! Hosted by the Grand Traverse County 4-H Horse & Pony Council

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