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Ag Action Day Set for Jan. 25 in Kalamazoo

Published: Friday, January 11, 2019

Ag Action 2019 will be held Jan. 25 at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nineteen educational sessions will be available throughout the day.

Session one will be 9-10:30 a.m. Topics and speakers include: Field Crops Agronomy and Nutrient Management, Mani Singh, MSU Extension Cropping Systems agronomist; Understanding Pesticide Use to Control Grape Pests and Diseases, Mark Longstroth, Extension small fruit educator; Forestry Management I; Is It Time to Broaden My Perspective on Vegetables?, Ron Goldy, MSU Extension vegetable educator; Rain Garden, Solutions for Soaked Soil, Anna Komoelje, director of ecological services; and Updates on Rule and Regulation Changes, Equipment and Remote Sensing, John Stone, MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator.

Session two, held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes: Building Value From Cover Crops, Kim Cassida, MSU Extension forage and cover crop specialist; Tree Fruit Pest Management, Bill Shane, MSU Extension tree fruit educator; Forestry Management II: The Business of Woodlot Management, Karen Potter Whitter, professor emeritus, MSU Department of Forestry; Starting a Licensed Food Business, Mark Thomas, Product Center Innovation counselor; Soil Health How it Affects Your Garden and You, Dean Baas, MSU Extension educator; and Mosquito and Tick Ecology Understanding for Control, Stewardship and Protecting Ourselves in this Field, John Stone, coordinator, MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program.

Session three begins at 1:30 p.m. and features: Drainage Management for Nutrient Retention, Ehsan Ghane, MSU Extension drainage specialist; Worker Protection Standard Update, Julie Yocum, pesticide inspector, MDARD; Forestry Management III: Woodlots, Changing Pest Species and You; How Farm to School Benefits Students and Farmers, Mariel Borgman, MSUE Community Food Systems educator; Septic Tank Maintenance and Well Head Protection for Homeowners, Beth Clawson, MSU Extension educator; How to Identify Trees Even in Winter; and Identification Workshop Weed, Insect and Landscape Plant Disease and Pest Management, John Stone, coordinator, MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program.

RUP and CCA credits will be offered during the event. Early registration is due by Jan. 4 and costs $25. Regular registration is $30. To preregister visit

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