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Beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in a series of twelve online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings Jan. 16 through April 3, 2019. 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 60 minute live webinar presentation will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will include opportunities for chat-based 'question & answer' with the presenter. A $5 fee is charged for each webinar in the series, or $30 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. 16, 2019
    • The Physical Labor of Farming - Ned Stoller, Easterseals Michigan AgrAbility Program
  • Jan. 23, 2019
    • Growing Specialty Mushrooms - Matt Hall, Midnight Harvest
  • Jan. 30, 2019
    • Pruning Fruit Trees - Bob Tritten, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 6, 2019
    • Soil Physical Properties for Field and Hoophouse - Fred Springborn, MSU Extension
  • Feb. 13, 2019
    • Seed Saving - Eric Kampe, Ann Arbor Seed Company
  • Feb. 20, 2019
    • Small Farm Business Start-Up - Wendy Wieland, MSU Product  Center Innovation Counsellor
  • Feb. 27, 2019
    • Small Farm Meat Chicken Production - Zachary Williams, MSU Animal Science Dept
  • March 6, 2019
    • Quality Hay and Pasture - Jim Isleib, MSU Extension
  • March 13, 2019
    • Pruning Small Fruits - Steve Fouch, MSU Extension (retired)
  • March 20, 2019
    • Selling to Wholesale Buyers - Jae Gerhart, MSU Extension
  • March 27, 2019
    • Farm Financial Management: The Next Step - Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension
  • April 3, 2019
    • Cover Crop Types and Uses on your Farm - Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Download Event Flyer for detailed session descriptions


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