Programming in the area of agriculture and natural resources is delivered by a variety of regionally based staff. Areas of focus include:
District Farm Management
This program is designed to provide useful income tax and business analysis information to help not only individual producers but also the entire Michigan agricultural industry. Van Varner email@example.com conducts farm and firm management educational programs. He provides leadership to the MSU TELFARM financial records and business analysis program in east central and south east Michigan. Van also works with local staff in areas of business profitability analysis, feasibility of enterprise expansions, income tax planning, estate planning, business organization structure, intergenerational farm/small business transfer, commodity marketing, PA 116, and USDA government programs.
Pesticide safety and pest management in field crops are high priorities of MSU Extension. Educational meetings are held to keep farmers informed of current regulations and safety factors. There are several pests that are becoming an important economic concern for farmers and Extension is working with industry to keep farms aware of best management practices. The pests of most concern today are soybean cyst nematodes, corn borer, and corn rootworm beetles. Marilyn Thelen firstname.lastname@example.org provides field crops programming for Shiawassee County.
Field Crop AoE
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sustainable approach for managing insects, weeds and plant diseases that combines the use of biological control, cultural, physical, and chemical tactics in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.
Larry Sheridan’s email@example.com major focus is within the ruminant animal industry – particularly sheep, beef, and equine. He works with producers in addressing issues that impact their potential profitability, specializing in nutrition, finances and marketing. Time is spent addressing management practices that will produce a consumer friendly product and at the same time emphasizing environmentally sound management practices.
Gerald May firstname.lastname@example.org carries out livestock programs with an emphasis on swine production, management, and marketing. He provides research-based information to help producers and related agricultural businesses deal with current regulatory, environmental, economic, and community factors that impact their businesses.
Shiawassee County Farmland Preservation Project