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MSU Set to Host 99th Annual ANR Week
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Gardeners, farmers, foresters and families interested in animals, plants, land and water are invited to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week, Feb. 28-March 8, 2014. The annual event, formerly known as Farmers’ Week, is hosted by the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch.


Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Mariah Montenegro, Montene1@anr.msu.edu

Michigan State University Set to Host 99th Annual ANR Week


Gardeners, farmers, foresters and families interested in animals, plants, land and water are invited to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week, Feb. 28-March 8, 2014. The annual event, formerly known as Farmers’ Week, is hosted by the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch.
 
This year’s events include educational programs on topics ranging from conservation stewardship to artisan cheesemaking.
 
Programs this year include:

Birding 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Birding (March 1) – This workshop is sponsored by Michigan Audubon and the Quiet Water Symposium. It will explore the use of binoculars and field guides, and cover bird identification and habitat.

Forage Technology Conference (March 6) – This conference, sponsored by MSU Extension, the Michigan Forage Council and the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, will feature innovative researchers, industry representatives and cutting-edge farmers. They will speak on topics such as grazing management, use of cover crops as forage, hay and haylage production, and corn silage production.
 
In addition, ANR Week is the setting for several annual meetings and conferences, including the following:

Michigan State Rabbit Breeders (Feb. 28-March 2), which includes exhibition and judging of more than 3,000 rabbits and cavies.

Michigan Wildflower Conference (March 2-3), which will focus on preserving and restoring biodiversity in generally urban and suburban yards.
82nd Michigan FFA Convention (March 5-7), which is themed, “Envision the Goal, Embrace Your Journey.”

Michigan Barn Preservation Network Conference (March 7-8), which offers barn enthusiasts and barn owners an opportunity to learn more about Michigan’s agricultural heritage and historic farm buildings.

Michigan Beekeepers’ Association Spring Conference: The Wonder of Honeybees (March 7-8), will offer breakout sessions for participants to learn about the many aspects of beekeeping.
 
Other events include the Michigan Farmers Market Conference (March 4-5), Horticultural Therapy: Connecting People and Plants (March 7), Horse Expo 2014 (March 7-9) and the Quiet Water Symposium (March 1).
 
In addition, the third annual Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference will take place Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Kellogg Center on the MSU campus during ANR Week. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/GrowingMichigan.
 
Free ANR Week program guides with dates, times, locations, costs and event descriptions are available from any county MSU Extension office or the MSU Bulletin Office, 117 Central Services, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1001; 517-353-6740.
 
For a complete list of programs, conferences and educational opportunities, visit www.anrweek.canr.msu.edu, or contact program coordinator Megghan Honke at 517-353-3175, ext. 229, or e-mail honkemeg@msu.edu.