Beginning Farmer

The beginning farmer track featured sessions at various times throughout the two-week period. Sessions are organized by date below.

The Beginning Vegetables session on Monday, February 19 at 1 p.m. was eligible CCA Credits (1.0 CM) and for 1 RUP credit (1B, Priv CORE) for attending the live presentation.

The Rotation Effect session on Thursday, February 22 at 1 p.m. wass eligible CCA Credits (1.0 CM) and for 1 RUP credit (1A, 1B, 1C, Priv CORE) for attending the live presentation.

The Soil Health for Beginners session on Tuesday, February 27 at 12 p.m. was eligible CCA Credits (1.0 CM) and for 1 RUP credit (1A, 1B, Priv CORE) for attending the live presentation.

Below you will also find video recordings from the sessions that have focused on farm business management topics for beginning farmers.



Upcoming Sessions

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Below you will find the videos from previous year sessions related to farm business management and beginning farmers.

Session Recordings

  • Commercial Hydroponic Production: Essential Information for Equipment Purchases

    Published on March 1, 2024

    Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) can be a profitable and fulfilling business pursuit for farmers looking to diversify their income streams. Learn the fundamentals of CEA equipment and how to reach profitability faster.

  • Farm Budgets: Growing Your Farm into a Business (2024)

    Published on February 28, 2024

    How important is a business mindset and farm profits to your opportunities for growth and success? Join as we discuss how attention to details and effective planning can help your farm continue its growth into a successful business.

  • Soil Health for Beginners: Caring for Your Farm from the Ground Up

    Published on February 27, 2024

    Soil health is a critical part of farming. If you are new to farming or new to the land, this is a perfect time to make a long-term plan. Discover approaches to learn about your soil and how to support better crop production.

  • Beyond the Farmers Market: Evaluating Direct Market Channel Opportunities

    Published on February 23, 2024

    Where are you selling, or planning to sell your products? How do you make these decisions? We’ll talk about perceptions, realities, pros and cons of farmers markets, farm markets, CSAs, restaurant sales, institutional markets and more!

  • What MSU Extension Can Do For You!

    Published on February 22, 2024

    Extension has a presence across the state, yet it’s been called one of the best kept secrets in Michigan. What is Extension and what can it do for you? Learn a brief history of Cooperative Extension and the resources available through MSU Extension.