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Monday, February 25, 2013

ANR Week - March 2-9, 2013

                       March 2-9, 2013
Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources extends a cordial welcome to visitors to the 98th Agriculture and Natural Resources Week (formerly Farmer’s 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 in 2013.
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 state-wide 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.”

The topics of interest over 90 years has changed with the times. In the 1960’s is was the space age, in the 70’s is was science and cybernetics, and the 80’s bought forth issues related to world hunger. In 1982, Farmers’ Week became Farmers’ Week and Natural Resources Days followed by another name change in 1985 to Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The event now hosts more than 75 programs and annual association meetings.
ANR Week 2013 provides a wide-variety of topics in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources, i.e. Quiet Water Symposium, Michigan Wildflower Conference, Growing of Michigan’s Organic Future, MSRBA Rabbit Show, food and nutrition conference: CHOICES and the 85th state convention of the Michigan FFA.