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Learn small farming skills from the comfort of your desk

University of Illinois Extension will once again host the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series featuring practical lunch-hour presentations to give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management and marketing can improve profitability and sustainability.

Viewers can tune in right from their desk at noon every Thursday through April 4. Each webinar will be presented by an Extension educator, timed to fit within your lunch hour, and recorded for future viewing if you have to miss the live session.

It’s easy and free to register for the Small Farms Winter Webinars. Sign up for as many as you want at http://go.aces.illinois.edu/SmallFarmWinterWebinar. A webinar reminder will be sent as well as log-on instructions and how to access the archived recording. If you do not have broadband internet capable of streaming video, call the local Extension office at 815-758-8194 to see if they offer live viewing.

The schedule of webinars follows:

Feb. 7 – Five Years In: What do we really know about growing and processing Industrial Hemp?

Feb. 14 – Intro to Digital Marketing in the Local Food System

Feb. 21 – FSMA Produce Safety Exemptions and Guidance: What You Need to Know for 2019

Feb. 28 – Maximizing your Production: Succession and Companion Planting

March 7 – Healthy Soil Produces Healthy Vegetables

March 14 – The Best Practices for Maintaining Healthy Bee Hives

March 21 – Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife

March 28 – Agroforestry for Diversification on Small Scale Farms

April 4 – ABCs of Tomato Production

Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the program should contact the local Extension office.

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