Painted image a forest with two deer.

This event will be held on Tuesday, June 26th starting at 5 p.m. at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center South Farm, located at E3774 University Drive just south of Chatham, Michigan. Free dinner will be provided to registered attendees.  

Highlighted topics include:

  • Maximizing profitability from on-farm forestry resources - Conservation District Forester Matt Watkeys and NRCS District Conservationist Misa Cady will share what programs and resources are available to better utilize timber ground for profit and how to manage those resources to accomplish your on-farm goals.   
  • Managing wildlife depredation for crop security - MSU researcher, James DeDecker, will share his ongoing research with wildlife depredation challenges in field crops and what opportunities may exist to combat the issue. Experts from Michigan DNR will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the existing programs that can be used to mitigate wildlife damage.   

Registration is strongly encouraged!  

Participating sponsors include: Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Michigan State University Extension, and Michigan State University AgBioResearch

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Participant Registration

Please submit a registration for each individual that is participating. This will ensure the most accurate count for meals.  

Registration for Forests & Farms Event is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 25, 2018.

There are 47 openings available.


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 information contact Michelle Coleman at or 906-439-5114.