Monthly Archives: February 2014

Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference

The Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus.

Registration is $85 by March 3 and $95 at the door. For more information, contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or email

Topics covered will include legislative policy, crops, and more.

Midwest Pollinator Protection Grants

The USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new grant program for farms and ranches in the Midwest to promote conservation efforts, improve honey bee and pollinator health, and reduce colony losses during winter. Grants totaling almost $3 million are available to producers in MI, MN, ND, SD, and WI.

Grants can be used to support conservation practices that improve nectar and pollen availability for pollinators, including cover cropping and forage management.

Grant applications are due March 21, 2014. See the NCRS web site for details.

NRCS offers a free Farming for Pollinators publication in .pdf format.

Seed Savers Exchange Chicago Event

The Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is having a member luncheon program at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago, IL on Sunday, March 16th. Speakers are Vicki Nowicki and Diane Ott Whealy.

Registration is a $15 suggested donation, and pre-registration is required.

SSE is a fantastic organization and a great resource for open pollinated, locally adapted varieties.