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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 25, 2018.

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.