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January 19, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 01/19/2013

Organic farming

PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College will offer workshops for farmers and gardeners starting Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Larry Dyer, Ph.D., agricultural ecology consultant, will teach the series intended to give participants a working knowledge of organic farm practices. The workshops will include classroom instruction, as well as hands-on practice in the community garden and field trips to area farms.

Topics include "Managing Soil Quality and Plant Nutrition" Jan. 21; "Farm and Garden Planning and Crop Rotation" Jan. 28;

"Using Cover Crops in Your Farm or Garden" Feb. 4; "Ecological Weed Management" Feb. 11; "Ecological Insect Management, Including Pests and Beneficial Insects" Feb. 18; "Ecological Disease Management" Feb. 25; "Holistic Management® For Whole Farm Planning" March 11; "Perennial Polyculture: Creating Diverse, Beautiful, and Bountiful Landscapes" March 18; "Organic Certification - Creating the Organic Systems Plan" March 25; and "Making and Using Compost" April 29.

The workshops are presented by Corporate and Community Education at North Central, the Michigan Land Use Institute and the USDA Risk Management Agency. All will be held on the Petoskey campus in Room 536 in the Student and Community Resource Center.

Each class is $25, or $200 for the entire series. Farmers receive a 50 percent discount. Sign up for the series and receive a certificate of completion or attend individual sessions.

For more information or to register, visit www.ncmich.edu/cce/ or call 348-6705.

New tree resources

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University Tree Fruit Pathology Lab has recently released 12 short instructional videos on a variety of subjects for tree fruit growers. Major diseases of apples and cherries are covered, including apple scab, fire blight, apple canker disease and cherry leaf spot. Separate videos covering fungicide resistance management and in-depth summaries of individual fungicide groups will also be presented.

The videos are available on YouTube through the channel called "Tree Fruit Pathology."

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