Pictures of people farming and farm animals

August 14 & 29 
September 11& 26

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

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Sessions begin at 9 a.m.  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 and 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 - Cropping Systems, Soils, and Ag equipment
Hands-on opportunity to test drive commercial agriculture equipment

Session 2 - Livestock, Food safety, and Food processing
Group tour:  see the value generated through livestock enterprises to the agriculture economy.

Session 3 - Farm technology and Communication strategies
See and learn about the latest technology and the future trends for agriculture production systems.  Learn how to have effective conversations to make interactions meaningful with farmers and others in related agriculture fields. 

Session 4 - Michigan Sugar factory, Potato production, and Farm financial management. 
Group tour:  see the impact Michigan sugar beets have on the agriculture economy, plus other value added farming enterprises.  Participants will also learn about farm financial management strategies and challenges.

Participants are expected to attend all four sessions.

Cost: $300     All training supplies and lunches are included


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 and or Bob Battel at 989-269-9949 and with questions or for more information.