Michigan residents interested in engaging in new agricultural enterprises sometimes lack knowledge, experience and technical support to get started. MSU Extension educators and specialists receive numerous inquiries seeking basic, startup information for beginning farmers. Since 2012, they have filled this need through the Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.
New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic activity and social stability with increased food security to communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in, or already engaging in, new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. These informative webinars are intended to help you get started. Feel free to contact the presenters for more information.
Past webinar recordings by topic:
- Farm business
- Field crops
- Fruit and nuts
- Organic agriculture
July 25, 2017 | Jim Isleib | Some new farmers in the northern Michigan woodlands are breaking into farming by raising pigs in woods pasture.
July 14, 2017 | Jim Isleib | For those interested in new farm enterprises, these recorded presentations by MSU Extension educators and other experts offer a free, online opportunity to learn about the basics.
February 22, 2017 | Jim Isleib | New and less experienced farmers have options to consider regarding their crop nutrient programs.
February 7, 2017 | Frank Wardynski | Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists at MSU have been conducting webinars for beginning farmers since 2012. A recent survey of past participants indicates the program has been successful.
January 22, 2017 | Jim Isleib | The Beginning Farmer Webinar Series generated new farm businesses and employment opportunities. A new series will begin Jan. 30, 2017.
January 6, 2017 | Bob Battel | Participants will gain an overview of what it takes to produce and market quality maple products.
January 3, 2017 | Jerry Lindquist | Proper livestock fence and water systems are the foundation in achieving good livestock management, as well as maintaining peace and harmony in the neighborhood.
December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on a wide variety of livestock production topics for people new to agriculture are online and free for viewing.
December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on a wide variety of crop production topics for people new to agriculture are available online and free for viewing.
December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on a variety of marketing options and business basics for people new to agriculture are available online and free for viewing.