2016 Beginning Farm Webinar Series - 23 online trainings

Beginning producers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of twenty three online programs addressing crop and livestock production, pest management and marketing on weekday evenings Jan. 18 through April 27, 2016.  Participants will learn the basic principles of a variety of production and marketing systems, and have an opportunity through live, on-line chat to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST and run not later than 9 p.m. EST. A $10 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $115 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 after registration.  

Download the flyer for individual webinar descriptions.

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

  • Jan. 18, 2016
    • Growing and selling malting barley - Jim Isleib, MSU Extension
  • Jan. 20, 2016
    • Tomato diseases, insects and disorders - Ron Goldy, MSU Extension
  • Jan. 25, 2016
    • Climate change and agriculture:  What do Michigan farmers think? - Julie Doll, MSU Extension
  • Jan. 27, 2016
    • Basics of raising pigs:  Tom Guthrie, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 1, 2016
    • An introduction to edible chestnut production - Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension
  • April 14, 2016 (rescheduled from original date of Feb 3, 2016)
    • The Food Safety Modernization Act:  What you need to do - Phil Tocco, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 8, 2016
    • Growing raspberries in high tunnels - Eric Hanson, MSU horticulture professor
  • Feb. 10, 2016
    • New crops for new customers - Ron Goldy, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 15, 2016
    • Native bees for pollination - Ben Phillips, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 17, 2016
    • Integrated pest management resources at MSU - Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 24, 2016
    • Wheat agronomy - Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension
  • March 2, 2016
    • Growing cider apples - Bob Tritten, MSU Extension
  • March 9, 2016
    • Biosecurity:  protecting farm animal health - Madonna Benjamin, MSU Veterinary College
  • March 16, 2016
    • Growing and marketing Christmas trees - Jill O'Donnell, MSU Extension and Burt Cregg MSU horticulture professor
  • March 23, 2016
    • Getting your land ready to grow organically - certified or not - Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
  • March 30, 2016
    • Meat goats - Mike Metzger, MSU Extension
  • April 4, 2016
    • Basics of insect morphology - Chris DiFonzo, MSU entomology professor
  • April 11, 2016
    • Hay production - Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Extension Specialist
  • April 13, 2016
    • Compost production and use for the small and mid-sized farm - John Biernbaum, MSU horticulture professor
  • April 14, 2016  (rescheduled from original date of February 3, 2016)
    • The Food Safety Modernization Act:  What you need to do - Phil Tocco, MSU Extension
  • April 18, 2016
    • Specialy cut flower production and handling - Roberto Lopez, MSU horticulture professor
  • April 20, 2016
    • Irrigation on small farms - Steve Miller, MSU Agricultural Engineering and Lyndon Kelley, MSU Extension
  • April 25, 2016
    • Accepting food assistance benefits to increase your sales - Amanda Shreve, MI Farm Market Assn. and Kendra Wills, MSU Extension
  • April 27, 2016
    • Selecting a tractor for your small farm - Fred Springborn, MSU Extension

Download Event Flyer for detailed session descriptions

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Jim Isleib at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu.