New beginning farmers series offered online

LANSING — People interested in exploring new farm businesses can participate in the MSU Extension 2017 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.

From January to May, MSU Extension will offer nine two-hour evening programs that provide valuable start-up information on general and more specific farming topics including: Small vegetable farm systems Jan. 30; hoophouse management Feb. 13; maple syrup Feb. 27; fencing and watering systems for livestock March 13; blueberries March 27; crop nutrient management April 3; aquaculture (fish farming) April 10; planning and operating a mixed-fruit orchard April 24; and producing and selling eggs May 8.

A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $45.

Registration, a brochure with details on each individual program, and online or mailed payment options can be found at

Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530.