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.
In 2015, 23 MSU Extension educators taught 20 educational webinars. Topic-specific webinars included hops production, marketing, beekeeping, cover crops, organic certification, mortality management, vegetable production, sheep and goat production, cow-calf production, farm food safety, pest management, irrigation, fruit production and poultry production. Participants were mostly current or future growers who represented small farms. Four percent of the participants said they were not currently farming.
Past webinar recordings by topic:
- Farm business
- Field crops
- Fruit and nuts
- Organic agriculture
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.
December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on small farm machinery and organic crop production topics for people new to agriculture are available online and are free for viewing.
December 15, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Online trainings offered to new farmers provide valuable start-up information on general farming topics.