Oct 6, 2021
West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center to host field day

Michigan State University and the new West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center will host an AgBioResearch and MSU Extension Field Day from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.

The field day will allow the West Central Michigan Research and Extension Center to showcase its new facilities, ongoing research projects related to tree fruit, and future planting and research plans.

In August of 2021, MSU and West Central Michigan Horticultural Research Inc., a nonprofit organization created to develop a research center to support the agricultural systems in Oceana, Mason and Newaygo Counties, opened the research and extension center focused on tree fruit agriculture in Hart, Michigan.

Attendees of the field day are eligible to earn four (4) Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Certified Pesticide Applicator credits and three (3) Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits.

The field day will provide the first opportunity for guests to learn more about the research being done at the center as well as the many benefits the center will provide for the residents of the region.

The MSU AgBioResearch and Extension Field Day will feature:

The field day is open to the public and is free of charge. Preregistration is encouraged but not required.

For more information, contact ANR Event Services at [email protected] or 517-353- 3175 or Kathy Walicki at 231-873-2129 or [email protected].

The research and extension center is situated on 68 acres of farmland located at 5185 N. Oceana Dr., in Hart, Michigan. The center currently has the capacity to study peaches, tart cherries, pears, and tart cherries with plans to expand with new plantings of sweet cherries and apples in 2022.

Lunch sponsors and vendors include:

  • Applewood Fresh
  • Cherry Marketing Institute
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan
  • Gillison’s Variety Fabrication Inc.
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety
  • Peterson Farms
  • Resister’s Grower Services LLC
  • Spring Brook Supply

View the field day flyer

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