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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  • Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics

    Scientists, legal practitioners and other food industry professionals active in global food markets will have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Islamic dietary laws and practices in January when the Global Food Law program at Michigan State University introduces its new course in halal food regulation.

  • Reflections on the World Food Prize (Part I): No contribution is too small

    Twelve Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) scholars traveled Oct. 14-16 to Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the 2015 World Food Prize symposium. The spirit of Dr. Norman Borlaug (“The Man Who Saved a Billion LIves”) inspired each of the scholars to share their thoughts on how best to end world hunger.

  • Examine natural shoreline design and restoration at Shoreline and Shallows Conference

    This year’s Shoreline and Shallows Conference, a program of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP), will take place Wednesday, March 11 during ANR Week at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The conference will highlight recent near-shore research findings in Vermont, challenges and differences between stream bank and lakeshore restoration in Michigan, design considerations, guidance on costing out natural shoreline projects and subtle siting details that may be affecting two of the Certified Natural Shoreline Partnership demonstration sites.

  • Reflect and project the future of our Great Lakes

    The milestones continue as the Great Lakes Conference celebrates its 25th year on March 10 during ANR Week. The conference will reflect on the status of the Great Lakes over the last 25 years and talks will highlight some of the latest research and management efforts being developed for the Great Lakes and its surrounding watershed.

  • Alumni, industry leaders to be honored during ANR Week Luncheon

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University will honor nine leaders in agriculture and natural resources for leadership at the community, state and national levels during the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week luncheon at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center March 10.

    MSU Provost June Youatt and CANR Dean Fred Poston are scheduled to be on hand during the luncheon, which is held annually. This year marks the 100th celebration of ANR Week.