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Mar 02

Getting started with sheep and goat management

7:00 pm EST

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 sheep and goat management

Mike Metzger, MSU Extension

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7-9pm

Small ruminants, including sheep and goats, can be a viable livestock enterprise for beginners or established farms wanting to include a livestock enterprise.  Conventional lamb and wool markets are options, as well as specialty markets like meat goats, specialty fibers, dairy and craft cheese.  This program will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges involved with raising sheep and goats.


Mar 02

Integrated management of white mold in Michigan - Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Webinar Series 2015

7:00 pm EST

Dr. Martin Chilvers, Michigan State University assistant professor in the department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences will present research and recommendations for managing white mold in Michigan crop rotations.

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



Martin Chilvers

Mar 03

Using Participatory Variety Trials to Assess Response to Environment in Organic Vegetable Crops

2:00 pm EST

Join eOrganic for a webinar on March 3, 2015 on Using Participatory Variety Trials to Assess Response to Environment in Organic Vegetable Crops, by Alexandra Lyon of the University of Wisconsin. The webinar will take place at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required.

Register now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7108820225597541122

About the Webinar

Beginning in 2010, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) has been conducting participatory vegetable variety trials on a network of organic farms across the northern U.S. While critical for producing findings that accurately reflect working farms, participatory research poses unique challenges in terms of data quality and analytical methods. Alexandra Lyon, a PhD student who has been working for NOVIC since 2010, will discuss a straightforward, graphical approach that uses the NOVIC variety trial data to assess the stability of variety performance across variable environments. From this work, future participatory breeding and variety trial efforts can be better informed and made more efficient and effective. This webinar is meant for an audience of researchers, farmers, and other professionals interested in farmer collaboration and participatory research.

About the Presenter

Alexandra Lyon studies how participatory plant breeding and variety trails can help meet the needs of organic vegetable growers in the Upper Midwest, as part of the Organic and Sustainable Research Program run by Dr. Erin Silva at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Science and a founding organizer of the Student Organic Seed Symposium, an annual event aimed at supporting graduate student involvement in organic seed and plant breeding.

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