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August 20 & 21
September 17 & 18

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center
3775 S Reese Rd.
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Participants are expected to attend all sessions

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on August 20th.
 Space is Limited!  Register TODAY!

This exceptional MSU Extension education program features outstanding topics based on feedback from early career peers. Learn about the latest research trends, participate in group discussions and skill-building activities in: 

  • Crop & soil science systems and pest management
  • Animal science systems
  • Finance and banking
  • New and innovative technologies 
  • Networking and communicating for success
This program provides a platform for professionals to gain experience, network with their peers and ask questions from knowledgeable instructors without fear of rejection or criticism.  

This four-part series is designed to help new agribusiness professionals, especially those with limited or no farm experience, gain a better understanding of the broad scope and depth associated with today's agricultural systems.  

Session 1 - The future of agriculture, cropping systems and ag equipment (August 20)
   Hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment.

Session 2 - Communication strategies and precision technologies (August 21) 
   Learn how to have effective conversations and make interactions meaningful with farmers and others in related agriculture fields. See and learn about the latest technology and the future trends for agriculture production systems. 

Session 3 - Fruit, value-added agriculture, food safety, and food processing (September 17)
    Group tour: Learn how multi-generational businesses generate added-value when products go through the food system.

Session 4 - Michigan sugar factory, organic production, and farm financial management (September 18)
   Group tour: learn how the Michigan sugar beet industry impacts the agriculture economy, plus the increasing value of organic farming enterprises. 
Participants will also learn about farm financial management strategies and challenges.

Cost: $350.00 All training supplies and lunches are included
Note: you are not considered registered until payment is received

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Registration for 2019 Bridging the Experience Gap is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 7, 2019.

There are 26 openings available.

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Registration for 2019 Bridging the Experience Gap is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 7, 2019.

There are 26 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 Phil Kaatz at 810-667-0341 or or Bob Battel at 989-672-3870 or with questions or for more information.