New MSU Extension beginning farmers series offered online

ESCANABA — People who are exploring new farm businesses will benefit from participating in the MSU Extension 2018 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. From January – April, MSU Extension will offer 15 online, evening programs that provide start-up information on general and more specific farming topics, including:

“Getting started with….”

– Jan 17, Seed starting and transplant production

– Jan 24, Reduced tillage vegetable growing

– Jan 31, Managing your farm woodlot

– Feb 7, Choosing apple varieties and rootstocks for your new orchard

– Feb 14, Organic matter basics

– Feb 21, Fertilizer basics

– Feb 28, Livestock basics

– March 7, Raising rabbits

– March 14, Food Safety Modernization Act: Am I covered?

– March 21, USDA and SARE programs for beginning farmers

– March 28, Pest management systems compared

– April 4, U-Pick farming

– April 11, Farm business basics #1: Simple essentials of farm accounting

– April 18, Farm business basics #2: Develop a balance sheet

– April 25, Farm business basics #3: Calculate farm profitability

A fee of $5 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $37.50.

Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants. Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and on-line or mailed payment options can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmWeb2018/. 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.

Each webinar begins at 7 p.m. A high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive webinar connection information after you register.

Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.

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