Michigan State University

ANR Week

March 5-12, 2016

Call for Programs!

We are currently accepting program requests for the 2016 ANR Week. If your group or organization is interested in hosting a program, please complete our online program request form.

About ANR Week

Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources extends a cordial welcome to visitors to Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (formerly Farmers Week). 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 today.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (ANR Week) continues to be one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Foundations for the week were laid by the Farmers’ Institute 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 farm association meetings to become the first Farmers Week. In 1982, Farmers Week was renamed Farmers’ Week and Natural Resources Days followed in 1985 by a name change to Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, better known today as ANR Week. With more than 50 programs and annual association meetings, ANR Week has developed into a late winter gathering of minds deeply concerned and involved in the today’s world of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Topics of interest have changed with the industry over the past century to coincide with trends and technology from machine based farming equipment to chemical and biological advances, and commodity specialization. Themes have also changed to reflect the times; during the 1960s the space age was topical, the 1970s featured science and cybernetics, and the 1980s bought forth issues related to world hunger.

Planning for ANR Week 2016 is underway and will provide a wide variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources. Join us by offering a program, meeting or conference as we move into our second century. ANR Event Services makes the process easy and accessible for attendees and importantly, has access to and can coordinate complimentary and/or contracted meeting space across the campus of Michigan State University; from classrooms, meeting spaces and auditoriums to the state-of-the-art Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.


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  • Annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week slated at MSU

    Looking for the latest in horticulture? How about some of the quietest outdoor activities? Maybe you’re already thinking spring.


  • Powering Michigan Agriculture Conference panel speaker: Heating with biomass

    Panel member is to addresses biomass heating system on Michigan dairy farms at the Powering Michigan Agriculture with Renewable Energy Conference.

  • CALL FOR POSTERS: ANR Week Luncheon Reception

    We are inviting researchers, graduate students, specialists and Extension educators to submit posters to be presented at the ANR Week luncheon reception on Tuesday, March 8 The reception begins at 10:30 a.m. and will provide an opportunity to showcase your work to College of Agriculture and Natural Resources stakeholders and those being honored. In addition to the posters, the reception will feature University Development’s core messages of service and scholarship.