MI Ag Ideas to Grow With Virtual Conference Will Share Vital Agricultural Information with Farmers and Homeowners

Unique virtual experience combining Ag Action Day, Branch County Farmers Day and Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension invites you to participate in the 2021 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference to be held virtually, Feb. 15-19, 2021. This unique event combines past MSU Extension events such as Ag Action Day, Branch County Farmers Day, and Southwest Michigan Horticulture Days into a cumulative week-long program encompassing many aspects of the agricultural industry and offering a full array of educational session for farmers and homeowners interested in food production and those considering agricultural endeavors. 

“While this program will be offered virtually this yearour goal is to continue providing the same outstanding educational information to the public just in a new platform,” said Bruce Mackellar, MSU Extension Educator based in Van Buren County. 

This week-long educational experience will feature a variety of tracks focused on livestock production, farm business management, field crops, food entrepreneurship, fruit and vegetable production, sustainability, soil health and irrigation, in addition to horticulture and home gardening. A track will also be offered for youth participants and another related to weather, wildlife and alfalfa. Each day will focus on specific topics with sessions occurring at the top of every hour. In an effort to support schedule variations, the horticulture and home gardening topics, along with the animal agriculture sessions will be featured daily throughout the week. All sessions will be held using the Zoom platform.

“We are excited about offering the MI Ag Ideas to Grow With Conference,” said Beth Ferry, MSU Extension Educator based in Berrien County. We plan to offer a variety of educational topics and sessions that speak to the robust agricultural industry in Michigan and increasing interest in food production. 

While there is no cost to participate, attendees must register in order to receive the necessary zoom links. Attendees are able to attend as many sessions as they would like and are also able to jump around between tracks. RUP and CCA credits will be offered for several of the sessions. More information can be found at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/miagideas/ 

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