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Barley & hops: Making it work fiscally

EAST LANSING, MI – Hear the latest agricultural marketing updates, learn more about your farm financial numbers, and find out how to improve your bottom line with new alternative energy solutions, new agricultural enterprises or niche markets during Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week at Michigan State University (MSU).

ANR Week offers various programs featuring agriculture and natural resources topics hosted by MSU experts and related industries, associations and non-profit organizations across the state and on campus March 4-11, 2017.

“The agriculture industry is changing faster today than ever before and is becoming harder to predict,” said Chris Wolf, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. “MSU helps provide cutting-edge, in-depth resources for producers to help them get a step up during these challenging economic times in agriculture.”

Make the most of your business with these sessions:

Break into the hop and barley industry at the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, scheduled for March 2-3 in Detroit. It will feature beginner and advanced sessions to provide growers with information on horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and postharvest practices, nutrient management and quality requirements for the industry.

Hear from MSU agricultural marketing experts Jim Hilker and Chris Wolf as they share their outlook on agricultural commodities in Michigan for the next year and beyond.

They will discuss the impact of global markets and national policy on Michigan agriculture at 2 p.m. March 7 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. No cost for attendance.

Learn your business’s numbers and how they translate into prioritizing options and making timely management decisions  at the Newest Economic Realities in Agriculture: Building Your Farm’s Plan workshop March 8 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Producers who provide their financial records to our team of experts will receive a full financial analysis of their operations.

Are you looking for ways to reduce your farm’s energy costs? Have you considered harnessing the natural energy of the wind, sun, water or energy crops? Make plans to attend thePowering Michigan Agriculture Conference March 9 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. During this daylong conference, farmers will learn about various renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency practices, identify the most suitable technologies and practices to meet their energy management goals, and then obtain the resources and tools necessary to implement those technologies and practices on their farms.

For 102 years, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch have welcomed visitors to ANR Week. This year’s event offers more than 50 programs and annual association meetings on and near the East Lansing campus. ANR Week is the largest event of its kind in the nation.

To learn more about these programs and to see a complete list of programs, conferences and educational opportunities, visit, contact Jennifer Labun at 517-884-7351 or email