Virtual conference

Virtual conference includes sessions for young farmers

The Michigan State University Extension’s month-long MI Ag Ideas to Grow With virtual conference is underway and will run through the end of March.

While young people are invited to attend all conference sessions, three programs are designed especially for young people. Deb Barrett, Senior Educator at MSU Extension, says, “This is the second year we’ve offered youth-focused sessions for ages 14-19. Educating young people about job and career opportunities and fostering workforce readiness skills continue to be important for future success.

A farm safety session will help participants learn to recognize common hazards and prevent accidents on the farm. The Record Keeping course provides helpful information on keeping accurate records for business, personal finance, or FFA or 4-H projects. The Apprenticeship 101 session will share information on the career option of registered apprentices and explore high-demand occupations in agriculture and natural resources.

The youth sessions will all three be offered in the morning, afternoon and evening on March 14, 16 and 17, in keeping with spring break in many school districts.

Other sessions throughout the month will focus on agriculture, woodlot management, food safety and home gardening. Topics include animal agriculture, farm business management, agricultural stress, precision technology, stored grain management, irrigation, fruit growing, manure management, and solar energy.

Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. The sessions take place on the Zoom platform. Click here to learn more about the conference.