EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Branch County Farmers Day has been held for over 50 years and presents an opportunity for growers, agribusiness professionals, Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists and other industry professionals to network and learn more about relevant field crop issues. This year it will be held Feb. 19 at the Branch Area Careers Center.
There will be two simultaneous but separate events: educational sessions and in-person pesticide applicator testing through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Because the events are held at the same time, participants can attend only one or the other, so it is important to make sure you register for the correct event.
Field crops educational sessions agenda
Check in and a light breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 12 p.m. Educational sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and include:
- Water up, water in – Lyndon Kelley, Michigan State University (MSU) and Purdue University irrigation educator
- Marketing and input strategies: walking the tightrope of farm profitability in 2024 – Jon LaPorte, MSU Extension farm business management educator
- Vole management and other soybean on-farm research results in south-central Michigan – Eric Anderson, MSU Extension field crops educator
- Troubleshooting conservation practices for less risk and more profit – Brook Wilke, associate director for science and agronomy, Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Agroecosystem Research
- Weed escapes in soybean – Plan A, Plan B…Plan C?!!! – Christy Sprague, MSU field crop weed specialist
Field crops educational sessions credits
Three restricted use pesticide and 3 certified crop adviser (1 SW, 1 PM, 0.5 CM, 0.5 PD) credits are available from the educational sessions.
Field crops educational sessions cost and registration
The Branch Area Careers Center and the Branch County Ag Council have generously supported the educational sessions so that there is no cost to attendees. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done online at Branch County Farmers Day Field Crops Educational Sessions or over the phone with the Branch County MSU Extension office at 517-279-4311 ext. 0.
In-person pesticide applicator testing agenda
In-person pesticide applicator testing is only available for commercial core, private core, private fumigation and private aerial standard. The testing follows a mandatory pre-test review of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual, which can be ordered from the National Pesticide Safety Education Center or may be available at local MSU Extension offices (call for availability) for $35.51. The schedule is as follows:
- 8 a.m. – check-in
- 8:30 a.m. – mandatory core review
- 1 p.m. – testing session
In-person pesticide applicator testing credits
No restricted use pesticide or certified crop adviser credits are available.
In-person pesticide applicator testing cost and registration
The fee for the core review (mandatory) is $15. Checks should be made payable to Michigan State University or MSU. Card payments are processed through the registration site. The fee for applicator certification is paid to the State of Michigan. It must be paid as a check, and it is $75 for commercial applicator and $50 for private applicator. The registered applicator fee is $45. Military Veterans who provide a copy of their DD214 can have private applicator certification fees waived.
Registration is limited. It must be done ahead of time and is required for the review and testing. Register at MDARD In-Person Core Testing and Core Review.
— Michigan State University Extension