By Tasha VanDusen

Michigain Agriculture 

Environmental Assurance Program Technician

OSCEOLA COUNTY - For all farmers, food producers, and those interested in agriculture there are some learning opportunities occurring this month.

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo is in Grand Rapids at the Devos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. It takes place December 4-6, 2012.

There are four different tracks covered in the Expo: fruit educational sessions, vegetable educational sessions, farm market educational sessions, and greenhouse educational sessions. There are some general sessions too.

Some of these sessions offer Restricted Use Pesticide points. The Expo offers more than 380 vendors to see firsthand new products for growers. For more information on pricing and schedule details please go to: http://www.glexpo.com.

The Thumb Ag Day is December 12 in Ubly.  The speakers will address topics including: land prices and rental values; commodity market updates; weather and it implications for agriculture; 2012 field trial results and a number of exhibitors! An all day event with an optional lunch.  Check out www.maeap.org for more information

The State of Michigan is now requiring all farms that report their large capacity water usage, to do so online. This is a major change from the paper forms. Irrigation Update classes are being offered December 10th in Coldwater and December 11 in Benton Harbor.  Register at least 3 days in advance by calling  269-467-5522.

If you’d like local assistance, Tasha VanDusen, MAEAP Technician for Osceola, Lake and Clare counties will be able to walk you through this process. Please contact her at 231-832-2950  at the Osceola-Lake Conservation District or tasha.vandusen@mi.nacdnet.net to set up an appointment.