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Beginning farmers online training offered by MSU Extension

MUNISING—People who are starting new farm businesses, or thinking about it, will benefit from participating in the MSU Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.
    “You will gain knowledge needed to plan your start-up farming operation,” said Jim Isleib, MSU Exstension crop production educator, “or add a new enterprise to an existing farm.”
     A series of 20 two-hour evening webinars covering a wide variety of “getting started” farm-related topics are available, including:
    Cover crops in organic vegetable crop rotations, Feb. 2
    Integrated pest management, Feb. 4
    Manure storage, handling and mortality management on small farms, Feb. 11
    Beekeeping for pollination and honey, Feb. 13
    Value-added agriculture, Feb. 18
    Farm food safety, Feb. 23
    Sheep and goat management, March 2
    USDA organic certification, March 9
    Hop production, March 11
    Season extension, March 16
    Marketing, March 18
    Small fruit production, March 23
    Beef cow-calf production, March 25
    Direct marketing, March 30
    Managing soil, irrigation and fertilization interactions, April 1
    Cover crops in field crop rotations, April 6
    Poultry production, April 20
    Small farm equipment, April 27
    Beef feedlot management, April 29
    A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $100. 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 http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/.
    Each program begins at 7 p.m. (ET) and will last about two hours. A high-speed internet connection is required. Webinar connection information will be provided after registration.
    Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.