****The Frankenmuth and the Prudenville events have been cancelled****

Current registrants in Frankenmuth can contact Ben Phillips to process a refund or to have their registrations transfered to the Dundee or Grand Rapids locations.


Current registrants in Prudenville can contact ANR Event Services to be moved to another location or have their registration fees refunded.

Irrigation use has greatly increased during the past 10 years and growers of all crops have found it to be an important aspect in risk management. The ability to apply water during times of inadequate rainfall helps growers maintain quality and yields, helping keep them economically viable in the current agricultural economy. To assist current and future irrigators, Michigan State University Extension is planning several day-long irrigation workshops across the state of Michigan in 2014. Workshops will provide information relevant to all irrigators, including growers of field crops, fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals.

The all day programs will start out with a general morning session followed by afternoon breakout sessions. Morning presentations will provide information on topics all irrigators need to know such as the rights, responsibilities and requirements of large volume water users, the importance of soil and water relationships, and best management practices for irrigators. There will also be an emphasis on the hows and whys of irrigation scheduling and the various tools available to growers to help them make irrigation decisions. In the afternoon, growers can choose to attend sessions that vary depending on the site selected. Both sessions will emphasize design, use and maintenance of the respective systems and irrigators of all crops are encouraged to attend.

To learn more about the workshops, please visit the MSU Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering water website. Information about the irrigation workshops is located under news/events.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. The full day programs will conclude at 3:30 p.m. and will include lunch. Unless indicated below, the registration fee for each location is $50 per person. Registration is required at all locations regardless of the cost, as space is limited. The Dundee, Frankenmuth and Grand Rapids locations will conclude at 5:00 pm, and the registration fee will increase to $75 after March 10, and on-site.

The emphasis of these workshops is to help producers get optimum yields and maintain efficient water use from their irrigation systems. RUP and CCA credits will be available.

To register to attend these workshops (except for the West Olive and Traverse City locations), click on the blue registration button below the table of locations.

2014 Workshop Dates and Locations
Date Location Contact
January 9 Franklin Inn
1070 E. Huron Ave, Bad Axe, MI 48413
Phil Kaatz
January 10 AgroLiquid Headquarters
3055 W M-21, St. Johns, MI  48879
Marilyn Thelen
February 13    

Ottawa Co. Fillmore Complex Administration Building
12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
Contact Judy Hanson at hanson26@msu.edu or 616-994-4548 to register for this location.

Tom Dudek
February 14      Branch County MSU Extension Office
570 Marshall St, Coldwater, MI 49036 (AM SESSION ONLY)
No Charge - Registration is required as space is limited
Lyndon Kelley
February 25 Cass County Fair Ground
590 North O'Keefe Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031
Lyndon Kelley
March 6 Blue Gate Restaurant
175 N. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565
No Charge - Registration is required as space is limited
Mike Staton
March 12

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center (Click for agenda)
6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact Jackie Baase at baase@msu.edu or 231-946-1510 to register for this location.

Nikki Rothwell

March 13 Denton Township Hall  (Cancelled)
2565  South Gladwin Rd, Prudenville, MI 48651

Christina Curell

March 17

Cabela's - White Tail & Moose Rooms (Click for agenda)
110 Cabela's Blvd E, Dundee, MI 48131

Lina Rodriguez
March 18 Bavarian Inn Lodge - Rhine & Danube Rooms (cancelled, contact Ben Phillips for options)
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Ben Phillips

March 19 English Hills Country Club - PGA Room (Click for agenda)
1200 4 Mile Rd, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Ron Goldy



Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact ANR Event Services at events@anr.msu.edu or 517-353-3175.