MSU Extension offers online programs for beginning farmers

The 2014 MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series will provide convenient, online learning opportunities in a variety of topics for the beginning farmer.

A growing number of new farms are appearing across the state of Michigan. Many people starting these farm businesses, or considering it, are new to farming. Others have experience, but are getting started with a new agricultural enterprise. Either way, the 2014 MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series will provide convenient, on-line learning opportunities in a variety of topics for the beginner.

The series kicks off with a set of weekly webinars running from Jan. 20 through early April. Each program begins at 7 p.m. eastern time and will last 1-2 hours. Each webinar is a separate program with registration available at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/ as the webinar date draws nearer. Click the events button at the top of the site and scroll through the programs listed by date to find the webinar programs you are interested in. A $10 fee is charged for each program, and a high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive the URL for each program when you register. Upcoming events include:

Topic

Date

Getting started with soil improvement on your farm

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Getting started with selling to restaurants

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Getting started with organic vegetable pest control

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Getting started with selling to schools and hospitals

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Getting started with selling at farmers markets

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014         

Getting started with hops

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014     

Getting started with CSA (community supported agriculture)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Getting started with organic field crops

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Getting started with expanded vegetable production

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Getting started with basic business records

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting started with Hoophouses

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Contact the Alger County Michigan State University Extension office at 387-2530 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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