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 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 for more information.

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