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


Source: Michigan State University of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

MSU Extension Offers Online Programs for Beginning Farmers

 
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:
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
Getting started with expanded vegetable production - Wednesday, March 19
Getting started with basic business records - Monday, March 24
Getting started with Hoophouses - date to be announced
 
Contact the Alger County Michigan State University Extension office at 387-2530 or msue.alger@county.msu.edu for more information.
 
This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit http://www.msue.msu.edu. To contact an expert in your area, visit http://expert.msue.msu.edu, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).