soil health new farmer webinar thursday!

posted August 11, 2010

“Intro to Soil Health and Management”
webinar this Thursday, August 12 with Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist and Soil Specialist

August 12, 7 pm Basic Soil Health and Soil Testing, with Dr. Heather Darby,  UVM Extension Agronomist and Soil Specialist — Healthy soils are the cornerstone of a productive and sustainable farm.  Join Dr. Heather Darby,  UVM Extension Agronomist and Soil Specialist, to learn the art of  managing soils to promote crop productivity while protecting the environment.  She will discuss how to maintain or build healthy soils  and soil testing for nutrients and overall health. Heather has a diverse outreach and applied research program including work on specialty grains, oilseed crops, forage, and soil health and nutrient management. Heather also operates a diversified farm in Alburgh, VT.   Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-SoilsWebinar at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on August 12, 2010.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mary Peabody know by August 5 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in Vt.) or mary.peabody@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

Coming next month–

September 9, 7 pm The Ins and Outs of Insurance for Farm Businesses, with Kevin Bourdon from Co-op Insurance Companies —  To insure, or not to insure?  Do you need worker’s comp for your farm apprentice? Can you insure land you are leasing from liable for injuries caused by your farming activities?  Is insurance too expensive for your small operation?  Can you be insured if you sell raw milk or poultry slaughtered on your farm? Join Kevin Bourdon from Co-op Insurance Companies, one of the primary insurers of farms in Vermont, to master the maze or insurance options for farm business owners.  Kevin grew up on a dairy farm in Middlebury, VT, and now owns and operates a farm with his family in Waltham, VT.  In early 1984, Kevin joined Co-op Insurance Companies.  As the Business Development Specialist at Co-op Insurance Companies, Kevin specializes in farm insurance products and training insurance agents to work with new farm businesses..  Kevin will review the types of insurance available, important things to include on your insurance policy, and how insurance can protect you, your assets and your community.  A discussion of Worker’s Comp regulations and insurance options will be covered.  Lots of opportunities for questions as well! Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-InsuranceWebinar at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on September 9, 2010.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mary Peabody know by September 5 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in Vt.) or mary.peabody@uvm.edu so we may assist you.