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Mar 09

Getting started with USDA organic certification

7:00 pm EDT

This program is part of a 20-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.  A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available at http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/  A registration fee of $10 per webinar, or $100 for all 20 webinars is required.

Getting started with USDA organic certification

Vicki Morrone, Organic farming specialist, Center for Regional food Systems at MSU

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7-9pm (all times ‘eastern time)

In this session, you will learn what is required for USDA National Organic Program organic certification for crop production and animal and animal product (eggs, milk) production. A guide will be offered to help you decide if you want to certify organic or just practice organic and understand the differences in practices and market opportunities. The organic certification paper work and organic farm practices will be reviewed, offering a case example for each; field crops, mixed vegetables, poultry eggs and lamb.  Handouts with check lists and an organic farm plan will be offered with example answers to serve as a guide as you complete the paper work. Q & A will follow the session and can be continued via email after the program.




Vicki Morrone

Mar 09

Nitrogen management in Michigan corn and wheat - Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Webinar Series 2015

7:00 pm EDT

Presented by Dr. Kurt Steinke, Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Science

This one-hour webinar will focus on managing nitrogen inputs on corn and wheat to minimize potential for N loss and maximize efficiency.

Register for this free program at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=fieldcropswebinars2015

This program is part of the Michigan State University Extension Field Crop Webinar Series for 2015:

Monday evenings, February 23rd – March 30th, 2015    Live On-line.

Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of six online programs addressing field crop production and pest management on Monday evenings Feb. 23 through March 30, 2015. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and dry bean production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. The live webinar presentations will begin at 7 p.m. EST each Monday evening and run until 8 p.m. EST. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each webinar for application to one of the following categories:  Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops. Participants can view the programs independently online free of charge. However, pre-registration is required to access connection information.

  • Feb. 23, 2015
    • Malting Barley (and hops) production in Michigan - Ashley McFarland and Dr. Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension
  • March 2, 2015
    • Integrated Management of White Mold - Dr. Martin Chilvers, MSU
  • March 9, 2015
    • Managing Nitrogen Inputs in Corn and wheat- Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU
  • March 16, 2015
    • Dry Bean Insect and Disease Management - Fred Springborn, MSU Extension & Greg Varner, MI Bean Commission
  • March 23, 2015
    • Overcoming Weed Management Challenges in 2015 - Dr. Christy Sprague, MSU
  • March 30, 2015

Corn Stover Harvest in Michigan:  A review of ongoing research - Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension

Mar 10

Basics for Helping Organizations Identify and Promote Their Public (and Private) Value

2:00 pm EDT

Presenters:  Jane Haskell, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and George Morse, Extension Faculty Associate, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Professor Emeritus, ​Applied Economics, ​University of Minnesota Extension.  Click here to learn more about our presenters.

Description:  Any public service provides private value to its users or patrons as well as public value to those people who never access or use the service.  When public officials only have information from the public service about the ​private ​value to those who use the service (​or direct benefit​s), funding decisions are made with incomplete information.  The glitch in this scenario is that public services often have no ideas how to identify and then share information about the public value (or indirect benefits) to those who never use the service.  This webinar will share how Laura Kalamb​okidis’ (University of Minnesota Economist and Minnesota State Economist) ground-breaking model for demonstrating the public value of Extension programs  has been used in Maine with non-Extension public services.  Our work has involved increasing the capacity of organizations to be able to describe their public value in a way that is memorable and is also 'backed up with numbers'.  Hear how 8-year old Curt who lives in southern Maine reads to Winston the therapy dog and learn how we discovered from one of our workshop participants that story telling is a pivotal component of public value messaging.  We will describe how our pilot project started with public libraries in 2013, evolved through 2014, its current status, and our next steps.

To Join:  The link above will take you to our online event center--it will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.  We will be hosting the webinar via WebEx Training Center.  Once you are at the site, enter your name, email address and the event password (ERCCweb2). Next click “Join Now” and follow the instructions on your screen.   

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