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The nation’s pioneer land-grant college was founded more than 150 years ago, guided by a philosophy to serve all the people of the state – an idea that still prevails in 2012. To this day, ANR Week continues to be one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Conact: Eileen Gianiodis 517-432-1555, ext. 230

 

Michigan State University slates annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week


The 97th annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR Week) is right around the corner as Michigan State University (MSU) and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) gear up to welcome visitors to campus from March 3 to 10.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant college was founded more than 150 years ago, guided by a philosophy to serve all the people of the state – an idea that still prevails in 2012.

To this day, ANR Week continues to be one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.

The Farmers’ Institute laid the foundations for the week more than a century ago. In 1898, Michigan Agricultural College hosted the first statewide Farmers’ Institute “Round-Up.” Agriculture Hall was completed in 1909, and a fourth floor auditorium provided the meeting place. Five years later, the round-up combined with the farm association meetings to become the first “Farmers’ Week.”

More than 90 years have elapsed since its inception, and the topics of interest have changed with the times. With themes ranging from the space age in the 1960s to world hunger in the ‘80s, Farmers’ Week is now Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Capitalizing on the commonality of interest as a driving force, the event remains passionate to its agricultural roots by hosting more than 75 programs and annual association meetings.

ANR Week 2012 will provide a wide variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. Events such as the Quiet Water Symposium, the Michigan Wildflower Conference, the Michigan Organic Reporting Session and Graduate Student Poster Contest, the Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Association (MSRBA) Annual Convention and the state convention of the 84th Michigan FFA will take place during ANR Week 2012.

Other events scheduled to take place during ANR Week, include:

  • Michigan Farmers Market Association Conference
  • Introductory Renewable Energy Seminars
  • Michigan Gladiolus Conference
  • Artisanal Cheesemakers Workshop
  • Beginning Birding Workshop

Get free ANR Week program guides with dates, times, locations, costs and event descriptions from any county MSU Extension office or the MSU Bulletin Office, 117 Central Services, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824, or call 517-353-6740.

View a complete listing of programs, conferences and educational opportunities online at www.anrweek.canr.msu.edu. Contact program coordinator Megghan Honke at 517-353-3175, ext. 229, or honkemeg@msu.edu for more information.