Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 6, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 04/06/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Communities, livestock topics

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University Extension Communities and Livestock conference April 23 is aimed at finding ways to help farmers and rural residents coexist as well as exploring the most recent science on the issues affecting rural communities and livestock.

Experts from all over the country will speak on a variety of topics including farmers working together to assess and reduce ecological impacts, the impact of climate change on agriculture best management practices and addressing community concerns about odors related to livestock facilities.

The Communities and Livestock conference will take place at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing.

The workshop fee of $85 includes all conference materials, refreshments and lunch. The final day to register online is April 13. Preregistration is required.

For more information, contact Jerry May at or (989) 875-5233.

Tree pruning is program theme

TRAVERSE CITY — A program on “Pruning Young Trees” will be held Friday, April 12, from 4 to 7:30p.m. at Pleasanton Bakery, 811 Cottage View Drive.

Brenin-Wertz Roth of Giving Tree Nursery and Todd Springer, a fifth-generation farmer, will lead a hands-on workshop on how to choose and make good cuts, train branches to grow at optimal angles and perform basic spring maintenance, from fertility management to animal protection.

For more information, contact or call 622-5252.