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Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2018 (online course)

Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2018 (online course)

Sponsoring Organization: MSU Extension

Date: April 4

Start Time: 7 pm

End Time: 8 pm

Location : online

Description of the Event: 

Beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of fifteen online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on Wednesday evenings Jan. 17 through April 25, 2018. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts. Each 30 or 60 minute live webinar presentation will begin at 7 p.m. EST and be followed by a chat-based 'question & answer' session with the presenter. A $5 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $37.50 for the full series (50% savings!). 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. The webinars will be delivered on the ZOOM Webinar platform. A high-speed internet connection is required, and connection information will be emailed to registered participants prior to each webinar. Following each webinar, registered participants will receive a link to the recorded webinar. 

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions.

Each webinar is 'Getting started with....'

Jan. 17, 2018
Seed starting and transplant production - Collin Thompson, MSU Extension and Dr. W. Garrett Owen, MSU Eastern Michigan Greenhouse Outreach Specialist
60 minutes + Q&A

Jan. 24, 2018
Reduced tillage vegetable growing - Ben Phillips, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

Jan. 31, 2018
Managing your farm woodlot - Julie Crick, MSU Extension and Dale Forrester, MI Maple Syrup Assn.
60 minutes + Q&A

Feb. 7, 2018
Choosing apple varieties and rootstocks for your new orchard - Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

Feb. 14, 2018
Organic matter basics - Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Dr. Sieg Snapp, MSU Soil Science Professor
60 minutes + Q&A

Feb. 21, 2018
Fertilizer basics - George Silva, MSU Extension
60 minutes + Q&A

Feb. 28, 2018
Livestock basics - Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension
60 minutes + Q&A

March 7, 2018
Raising rabbits - Katie Holcomb, 4-H Volunteer
30 minutes + Q&A

March 14, 2018
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) basics: Am I covered? - Phil Tocco, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

March 21, 2018
USDA and SARE programs for beginning farmers - Jen Silveri, Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) & Dean Baas, MSU Extension/MI SARE state coordinator
60 minutes + Q&A

March 28, 2018
Pest management systems compared - Fred Springborn, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

April 4, 2018
U-Pick farm business - Jim Isleib, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

April 11, 2018
Farm business basics #1: Simple essentials of farm accounting - Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

April 18, 2018
Farm business basics #2: Develop a balance sheet - Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension
30 minutes + Q&A

April 25, 2018
Farm business basics #3: Calculate farm profitability - Frank Wardynski
30 minutes + Q&A

Download Event Flyer for detailed session descriptions

Register for webinars here.  Register and pay online, or download and print the registration form and mail in with your check.

Note: Internet link to participate in webinars will not be provided before participant fees are received.

Registration for MSU Extension 2018 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 24, 2018.

Register Here

Education Credit Hours: .5

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