New beginning farmers’ series offered online by MSU Extension
Online trainings offered to new farmers provide valuable start-up information on general farming topics.
People who are exploring new farm businesses will benefit from participating in the Michigan State University Extension 2016 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. From January - April 2016, MSU Extension will offer 23 two-hour evening programs that provide valuable start-up information on general and more specific farming topics, including:
“Getting started with….”
- Jan. 18: Growing and selling malting barley
- Jan. 20: Tomato diseases, insects and disorders
- Jan. 25: Climate change and agriculture: What do Michigan famers think?
- Jan 27: The basics of raising pigs
- Feb. 1: An introduction to edible chestnut production
- Feb. 3: The Food Safety Modernization Act: What you need to do
- Feb. 8: Growing raspberries in high tunnels
- Feb. 10: New crops for new customers
- Feb. 15: Native bees for pollination
- Feb. 17: Integrated pest management resources at MSU
- Feb. 24: Wheat agronomy
- March 2: Growing cider apples
- March 9: Biosecurity: Protecting farm animal health
- March 16: Christmas trees
- March 23: Getting your land ready to grow organically—certified or not
- March 30: Meat goats
- April 4: Basics of insect morphology
- April 11: Hay production
- April 13: Compost production and use for the small and mid-sized farm
- April 18: Specialty cut flower production and handling
- April 20: Irrigation on small farms
- April 25: Accepting food assistance benefits to increase your sales
- April 27: Selecting a tractor for your small farm
A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $115. Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants. Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and online or mailed payment options can be found at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmrWeb2016/. You may register for all or some of the courses at any time, even if the session has already taken place. In that case, you will get a link to the recorded program.
Each program begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and will last about two hours. A high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive webinar connection information after you register.