People considering a new farm businesses may want to check out Michigan State University Extension’s 2016 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.
MSU Extension is offering 23 two-hour evening programs from January through April that provide valuable start-up information on general and more specific farming topics.
- 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 asics 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
For more information or to sign up, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmrWeb2016/.