Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 17, 2013

Ag Forum: Horticultural open house

BY NIKKI ROTHWELL AND JACKIE BAASE
Special to the Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center’s (NWMHRC) annual open house is scheduled for Aug. 22.

This year’s event will include an equipment show, wine tasting and dinner, and the Leelanau Horticulture Society’s annual meeting, In addition, we are hosting one of the Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’(CANR) What’s Now? What’s Next? town hall-style meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. in the conference room of the NWMHRC.

This special event is open to the public and is designed to facilitate communication between MSU supporters and the following MSU administrators: Dr. Fred Poston, Dean of CANR, Dr. Doug Buhler, Director of MSU AgBioResearch, Dr. Tom Coon, Director of MSU Extension, Dr. Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs for CANR, and Mark Burnham, MSU Vice President for Governmental Affairs. Attendees are encouraged to provide input as to how the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, and AgBioResearch can continue to move Michigan forward through research, education, and outreach.

The grounds to the exhibit area will open at 1 p.m., and equipment vendors will be on site. Free educational wagon tours of the NWMHRC featuring MSU specialists will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The tour will include wine grape and tree fruit specialists who will speak on a variety of topics: disease management, vine health, high density, Montmorency plantings, cover crops, and Enviroweather. Growers are encouraged to meet with equipment vendors from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the social hour will begin at 5:30 with dinner and the Leelanau Horticultural Society’s annual meeting to follow at 6:15.

As in past years, the equipment show, social hour, and dinner is sponsored by the Leelanau Horticultural Society and Parallel 45 with the educational portion sponsored by AgBioResearch, MSU Extension, and the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Foundation. To reserve or purchase a dinner ticket, please call (231) 256-9888 or email Annette at kleinsc7@msu.edu by August 19, 2013. The dinner will be catered by Ethnic Garden Catering and will feature locally-produced food; cost for dinner tickets is $10 per person.

For more information, contact the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center at 231-946-1510 or Leelanau County MSU Extension at the number above. We hope to see many of you at these important events!