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Webinars help small farm community

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

The Small Farm Webinar Series by the University of Illinois Extension is a weekly online educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability.

Webinars on strawberry production (Jan. 17), wildlife damage control (Jan. 31), seed saving (Feb. 21) and beneficial insects (March 14) will all be offered for viewing at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. Call 815-758-8194 to register.

All of the webinars can be viewed at home. To register to view them on a home computer, visit http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar.

The schedule of topics is: Jan. 10, raising broiler turkeys on small farms; Jan. 17, strawberry production; Jan. 24, water sanitation for small farms produce; Jan. 31, wildlife damage control; Feb. 5, growing and marketing unique vegetables; Feb. 7, basics of fruit insect management; Feb. 14, intro to farm financial management; Feb. 21, seed saving; Feb. 28, managing crop rotations in high tunnels; March 7, farm to school sales; March 14, beneficial insects; March 21, weed control in pastures; and March 28, crop budgeting practices.

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