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.
The topics are "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 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
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. 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.
For more information or to sign up, visit


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