New beginning farmers’ series offered online by MSU Extension

Online trainings offered to new farmers provide valuable start-up information on general farming topics.

People who are exploring new farm businesses will benefit from participating in the Michigan State University Extension 2016 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. From January - April 2016, MSU Extension will offer 23 two-hour evening programs that provide valuable start-up information on general and more specific farming topics, including:

“Getting started with….”

  • Jan. 18: Growing and selling malting barley
  • Jan. 20: Tomato diseases, insects and disorders
  • Jan. 25: Climate change and agriculture: What do Michigan famers think?
  • Jan 27: The basics of raising pigs
  • Feb. 1: An introduction to edible chestnut production
  • Feb. 3: The Food Safety Modernization Act: What you need to do
  • Feb. 8: Growing raspberries in high tunnels
  • Feb. 10: New crops for new customers
  • Feb. 15: Native bees for pollination
  • Feb. 17: Integrated pest management resources at MSU
  • Feb. 24: Wheat agronomy
  • March 2: Growing cider apples
  • March 9: Biosecurity: Protecting farm animal health
  • March 16: Christmas trees
  • March 23: Getting your land ready to grow organically—certified or not
  • March 30: Meat goats
  • April 4: Basics of insect morphology
  • April 11: Hay production
  • April 13: Compost production and use for the small and mid-sized farm
  • April 18: Specialty cut flower production and handling
  • April 20: Irrigation on small farms
  • April 25: Accepting food assistance benefits to increase your sales
  • April 27: Selecting a tractor for your small farm

A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $115. 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 online 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 program begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and will last about two hours. 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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