Are you interested in diversifying into hops production to help supply Michigan's growing microbrewery sector? Do you want to learn more about hop yard setup, and hops pest and disease management? Are you interested in how shifting weather patterns could have an effect on your bottom line? Then you should attend the 2013 Michigan State University Extension's second annual Integrated Pest Management Academy.
In addition to crop specific sessions, including MSU Resources for Hops, Saskatoons and Chestnuts, Deciduous Tree IPM, Apple and Cherry IPM, Conifer IPM, Communicating Climate Change, Scouting Techniques for Field Crops and Forages, Vegetable IPM, Emerging Issues in Field Crop Pesticide Resistance, IPM in Small Fruit Crops, Dr. Jonathan Comstock from the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University will be the Academy's keynote speaker and address the weather challenges of the 2012 production season.
Dr. Comstock is a climate change expert and is co-author of both the Agriculture and Ecosystems chapters of the recent NY ClimAID Report, which looks at climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies.
Michigan State University experts will also be on hand to discuss irrigation, frost protection and changing weather patterns in Michigan.
For more information on what these sessions include please access the IPMA13 registration page by visiting online. The cost of this program is $225, registration is open through February 12, but space is limited so register today.
For more information, or to request a paper registration form, please contact Rob Sirrine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-256-9888 or Erin Lizotte at email@example.com or 231-944-6504.
This program was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.