New Beginning Farmers series offered online by MSU Extension

This convenient and affordable online program is designed to provide an overview of potential farm enterprises and business skills for beginners.


People who are exploring new farm businesses will benefit from participating in the Michigan State University Extension 2020 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. New and expanding farm businesses provide jobs, income, increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information on sound production practices, business management and marketing to people interested in, or already engaging in, new and expanding farm enterprises of any size helps these small businesses succeed.

From January to April 2020, MSU Extension will offer 13 one-hour long online programs that will take place Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. EST. These programs will provide valuable start-up information on general and more specific farming topics, including:

“Getting started with….”

  • New farm start-up – Jan. 15
  • Wash-pack facilities – Jan. 22
  • Michigan cottage food – Jan. 29
  • Growing hemp in Michigan – Feb. 5
  • CSAs in Michigan – Feb. 12
  • Safe use of animal-based soil amendments – Feb. 19
  • Agroforestry: Silvo-pasture options – Feb. 26
  • Selling to food hubs – March 4
  • Farm labor – March 11
  • No-till vegetable production on small scale – March 18
  • Pricing products for different markets – March 25
  • Hosting on-farm educational events – April 1
  • Measuring soil health – April 8

Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. A fee of $5 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $32.50. Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants. A high-speed internet connection is required. You will receive webinar connection information after you register.

Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program and online or mailed payment options can be found at Beginning Farmer Webinar Series 2020. You may register for all or any 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.

If you experience any problems with registration, please contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or

Several archived recordings of MSU Extension Beginning Farmer Webinars on a variety of topics from previous years are available for viewing at the Beginning Farmer Webinar Series website.

Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or for more information.


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