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             North Central Michigan College’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) department is offering four free Lean Agriculture workshops on Tuesdays, starting January 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshops will be in Room 536 in the Student and Community Resource Center, and will be led by Jim Tisdel, CCE director.

            Introduction to Lean Agriculture, Tuesday, January 16, will focus on the benefits of Lean and how using these business strategies can provide a real impact to your bottom line. Farming is a business and using proven approaches to improve your farming ledger is time well spent. Jim will discuss where Lean came from and how it has become so widespread across so many industries. The core of this approach is constant improvement and doing a little improvement - stress little - everyday.

            The Tuesday, January 23 program is 5S Your Farm the Lean Way, and will look at the strategy of 5S - putting things/tools in the right place and making your job easier, more productive, and more efficient. Improve the way individuals work and begin to change the view of work to constant improvement and the customer. Learn the steps involved in implementing this very effective approach for your farming business.

            The Waste in Farming and the Lean Approach on Tuesday, January 30 looks at Lean waste. Lean waste isn't about the physical garbage you throw out. Lean waste is about those things that create waste of time and effort on the job. It is all about making the job easier and more effective. Combine this with 5S and you have the power to redefine the way work happens on your farm. Understanding what creates waste in your process and begin to get rid of it.

            Finally, the Lean Kaizen Approach on Tuesday, February 6 is all about making positive change and constant improvement. These skills provide a great approach to discovery and sharing of ideas and improvements. Make your operation run more consistently (given all the variables of farming) build your plan to improve your bottom line.

            To register, call 231-348-6613 or email

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a Military-Friendly® and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist