MSU and Macomb Community College host Trends in Agriculture workshop

posted on October 2, 2014 3:56pm

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MSU and Macomb Community College host Trends in Agriculture workshop

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University (MSU) and Macomb Community College are working together to present the Trends in Agriculture workshop Friday, Nov. 7 at the Macomb Community College Center Campus, University Center.

The workshop will start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., with a break for lunch, which will be provided.

The workshop is designed to educate members of the community on emerging local, national and international trends in agricultural practices. The workshop features morning and afternoon sessions with a variety of keynote lectures and smaller breakout sessions for individualized interests.

“The diversity of experts and topics discussed ensure that anyone who attends will have a truly unique and meaningful experience,” said Kelly Millenbah, associate dean and director of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

“Hosting a program like this with MSU gives both institutions the opportunity to highlight to the local community the program areas where we are working together,” said Donna Petras, University Relations at Macomb Community College.

Several members of the CANR faculty will conduct sessions during the workshop, including Dave Schweikhardt and John Whims, professors in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Both will deliver keynote addresses, and Schweikhardt will lead a session on the impacts of the recently passed Farm Bill.

Among the MSU Extension specialists leading breakout sessions will be Jeremy Moghtader, organic farming specialist, on current trends in organic farming.

MSU professors and experts will talk on topics ranging from turfgrass and greenhouse production to community food systems. The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring agriculture leaders from Macomb County discussing the local impacts of agricultural practices.

Cost of attendance is $40. To register, please visit

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