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      Some new information to take back to the farm

      Agriculture touches every part of our daily lives from the food we eat to how we drive.

      Whether youâ??re an experienced farmer or interested in starting a new career, there is always something new to learn at the annual conference.

      Agriculture for Tomorrow is a conference put on by Michigan State University Extension. Its goal is to bring together more than 150 local farmers and inform them of the latest information and technological advancements.

      Out of the 20 sessions, ranging from raising dairy calves to U.P. soils, one of the most popular sessions was Bee Keeping in the U.P.

      But what does bee keeping have to do with agriculture?

      â??My position is really, as a bee keeper, is to pollinate crops,â?? said senior beekeeper and Ag for Tomorrow speaker, Joel Lantz. â??And, one out of three people are alive in this country because of bees pollinating the crops.â??

      As first time bee keeper in the U.P., Monica Young, lost all three of her hives this year and hopes to learn some tips before trying again next year.

      â??Maybe some clues on over wintering and how we can maybe do that more successfully and just general oversight,â?? said Young. â??Because, I didnâ??t know anything about bees when I got into this project.â??

      Lantz was able to offer some creative ideas during his presentation.

      â??I love the idea about splitting the hive for bees that are genetically good survivors up here for the wintertime,â?? Young said. â??I think itâ??s wonderful. So, that was very valuable information.â??

      If youâ??re interested in learning something new about farming, visit the MSU Extension website.