Join us for the Beginning Farmer Webinar Series…

You can sign up for one program, several or the whole series-It’s YOUR choice.


ON THIS WEDNDESDAY NIGHT-March 23 Vicki Morrone will present …Mar 23, 7-9 pm.   Getting your land ready to grow organically—certified or not


This is a 2 hours webinar of learning what you can do to help prepare for organic certification on your land and with your records. Then we will discuss what to expect if you go the route of organic certification. To sign up please go to  The cost of each session is $10 or $115 for the whole series. Here is a list of the programs on offer. If they are past you can access the recordings, following the same process.

Hope you can join me and some farmers for the presentation and a chance to ask questions to help you with your organic farming practices.

All the Best,

Vicki Morrone

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New beginning farmers series offered on-line by MSU Extension


            People who are exploring new farm businesses will benefit from participating in the MSU 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 MI 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

…Mar 2, Growing cider apples

…Mar 9, Biosecurity:  Protecting farm animal health

…Mar 16, Christmas trees

…Mar 23, Getting your land ready to grow organically—certified or not

…Mar 30, Meat goats

…Apr 4, Basics of insect morphology

…Apr 11, Hay production

…Apr 13, Compost production and use for the small and mid-sized farm

…Apr 18, Specialty cut flower production and handling

…Apr 20, Irrigation on small farms

…Apr 25, Accepting food assistance benefits to increase your sales

…Apr 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.  Program details and a link to registration information can be found at

Each program begins at 7pm Eastern Time and will last about two hours.  A high-speed internet connection is required.  You will receive webinar connection information after you register.


If you have questions about other sessions please contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or [log in to unmask]

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.


Vicki Morrone
Organic farming specialist
Center For Regional Food Systems at MSU
480 Wilson Rd Rm 303
East Lansing, MI 48824
+011-517-353-3542/517-282-3557 (U.S. cell)
+255 786 774 784 (Tanzania cell)
sorrone11 (Skype)

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