OGLESBY, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This 2019 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Webinars will be held from Noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays starting January 24th through April 4th and are free.
The first topic on January 24th will be: Understanding Financial Statements: Preparing Farmers for Uncertain Times. Harvest is over. Outside pressures on net farm incomes continue to mount. Uncertainty for farmers and their families as well as lenders may create challenges when the time comes to increase or renew credit lines for the 2019 crop year. University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Educator, Pam Schallhorn, will be presenting an informational workshop on understanding farm financials from a lender’s perspective. Schallhorn will also provide insights and lessons learned on negotiating credit accommodations based on her experience as an Agricultural Lender during the Ag Financial Crisis from 1987 to 1991.
For more information or to register online: https://go.aces.illinois.edu/SmallFarmWinterWebinar. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing on the You-Tube channel: http://bit.ly/ILLocalFoodsYouTube.
Other upcoming topics include:
Updates on Illinois Cottage Food Law – January 31st
Five Years In: What do we really know about growing and processing Industrial Hemp? – February 7th
Intro to Digital Marketing in the Local Food System – February 14th
FSMA Produce Safety Exemptions and Guidance: What You Need to Know for 2019 – February 21st
Healthy Soil Produces Healthy Vegetables – March 7th
The Best Practices for Maintaining Healthy Bee Hives – March 14th
Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife – March 21st
Agroforestry – March 28th
ABCs of Tomato Production – April 4th
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