Michigan State University's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham has undergone a transformation to better align itself with producers' needs. On Tuesday, July 23, MSU AgBioResearch and Extension is hosting a Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with several presentations ranging from beef cattle and malting barley trials to new soil analysis methods and future opportunities at the North Farm.
There will also be a biofuel demonstration all before lunch, which is provided by Farm Bureau .
The keynote address will be provided by Dr. John Baker, Associate Director of MSU AgBioResearch.
Afternoon sessions are provided in two tracks with four presentations in each to choose from.
Over the last two years, there has been re-organization at the facility and a new vision has been developed for the research that will occur there. "We are hoping to use this opportunity to let those interested in agricultural production in the UP know what MSU is trying to do to support their work," says Ashley McFarland, who was recently named center coordinator, which is a new position created as the research and Extension facility begins to take shape.
The center will focus on collaboration and integration across three programmatic systems: livestock, plants and local food systems.
For more information on UPREC or the field day, visit online.