Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 17, 2012

Business/Farm Focus in Brief: 11/17/2012


Agriculture courses are available locally

EAST LANSING --The Institute of Agricultural Technology at Michigan State University has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years.

Now, commercial horticulture programs related to fruit, vegetable, greenhouse production, composting, grape and wine and ornamental plants are attracting students to Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

All courses are taught by MSU faculty, Michigan State University Extension educators and staff members. Credits earned are fully transferable to MSU bachelor degree programs. MSU classes begin Jan. 7, 2013.

Online Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance courses operate through a separate registration system. The registration deadline is Dec.14, 2012.

To obtain information about VESTA and off-campus MSU IAT Applied Plant Science certificate programs and admission requirements, call 517-355-0190 or in Traverse City, 995-1719.

Leelanau aerials

Leelanau County Aerials flown in spring of 2012 are now available online at

Aerials were flown as part of the Microsoft Bing Maps for Enterprise with Imagery Collection project, through the State of Michigan — Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships. Aerials were flown at 6-INCH resolution, Near Infrared Color Band, with a buffer of approximately 1000 FEET.

Visit for a copy of the policies related to Map Data, Fees, and Digital Services.

For mapping services, call the Leelanau County Planning Department at 256-9812 or Equalization at 256-9823.

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