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November 24, 2012

Farm Focus in Brief: 11/24/2012

Grow Benzie classes

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will present two seminars from agricultural specialist Craig Schaaf in December.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, "Building a Living Soil" will focus on the necessity of building a living, mineralized soil using compost and minerals to nurture the soil which in turn nurtures the plants. Techniques for making compost will be discussed as well as the benefits of adding various amendments to soil to enhance minerals in produce.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Schaaf will present "Business Model for a Small Farm." He'll explore the basics of starting a business, targeting farmers, but with value to anyone contemplating a startup.

Both begin at 7 p.m., following a potluck at 6. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass, drink and table service. Donations of $7 per single or $10 per family are requested.

To register or for more details, contact Deb Query at 882-9801or 882-9510 or email

Grow Benzie is located at 5885 M-115, Benzonia.

Water workshops

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are working together to provide workshops about water policy, well-to-well water conflict and online water use reporting.

Large capacity water users are those with the capacity to pump 70 gallons per minute of water from one or more wells or surface water pumps on the same or adjacent properties. Large-capacity water users are required to register proposed large water withdrawals prior to well or system construction

Meetings are being offered at these locations from 9 a.m. to noon followed by optional computer training: Monday, Dec. 10, Branch Area Career Center, Coldwater; and Tuesday, Dec. 11, MSU SWMRC Center, Benton Harbor.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is requested by calling 269-467-5522.

USDA surveys farms

LANSING — The United States Department of Agriculture is conducting three major surveys to determine 2012 crop acreage and yields, along with hog inventories.

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