Learning Opportunities for March and more!

Join us in March for a Variety of Learning Opportunities!

2015 has begun with some very interesting and useful learning opportunities by extension! This issue of Learning Opportunities focuses on some webinar series around topics that may help a person learn more in-depth about that topic. Part of the series are upcoming, while some have recordings for recent segments.

In addition, many other topics and also new events have recently been added to Learn.extension.org so check there as well. These learning events are open to all who are interested… check each event listing to see if there is registration needed before the event. Share with your colleagues, clientele, etc. since participation is online from a home, office, etc.

Upcoming Learning Event Series
Several event series are planned around specific topics and/or clientele. To see what’s available for each, go to Learn.extension.org and search on the topic or tag.

The 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series has upcoming events: Mar 6 – Fire Ant Management Using Baits, Apr 3 – Common Termites of the Southern United States – Biology, Behavior, and Management, May 1 – Beneficial Garden Helpers, Jun 5 – Insect-borne Diseases Affecting People, and recently Pesticide Strategy – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The eOrganic community (organic production) has upcoming events: Mar 9 – Getting started with USDA organic certification, Mar 10 – Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems, Mar 17 – Non-Antibiotic Control of Fire Blight: What Works As We Head Into a New Era, Mar 24 – Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Webinar, Apr 7 – Innovative Approaches to Extension in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, and recordings of recent events such as Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops, and Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Ecological Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms to Suppress Insects.

Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series has been holding learning events since January and continues through April. Upcoming topics: Mar 11 – Getting started with hop production, Mar 16 – Getting started with season extension, Mar 18 – Getting started with marketing, Mar 23 – Getting started with small fruit production, Mar 25 – Getting started with beef cow-calf production, Mar 30 – Getting started with direct marketing, Apr 1 – Getting started with managing soil, irrigation and fertilization interactions, Apr 6 – Getting started with cover crops in field crop rotations, Apr 20 – Getting started with poultry production, Apr 27 – Getting started with small farm equipment, and Apr 29 – Getting started with beef feedlot management.

Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Webinar Series 2015 runs February through March. Upcoming events: Mar 9 – Nitrogen management in Michigan corn and wheat, Mar 16 – Dry bean insect and disease management in Michigan, Mar 19 – Michigan Corn Stover Harvest Research, and Mar 23 – 2015 Weed management challenges for Michigan field crops.

Military Families Learning Network is very active with learning opportunities on a variety of areas. Upcoming event topics include: Mar 12 – How to Help Military & Veteran Families: For Educators, Mar 17 – Investing With Small Dollar Amounts, Apr 2 – Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness-Part 1, Apr 9 – Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members, Apr 13 – How to Help Military & Veteran Families: For Mental Health Professionals, Apr 14 – Entrepreneurship Essentials for Service Members and Military Spouses, Apr 23 – Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness-Part 2, May 26 – The Ins and Outs of Target Date Funds and the New L Fund TSP Default Option, May 28 – Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military Couples, Jun 2 – Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial Behaviors, Jun 3 – Financial Therapy Insights for Financial Counseling & Education, and Jun 4 – Step by Step Financial Coaching Techniques. Recent events with recordings are Part III Medicaid and Military Families: Adults with Special Needs, and Calculating What to Save for Retirement.

Small and Backyard Flocks community has upcoming learning events on these topics: Mar 3 – Health problems with the poultry skeletal system, Mar 11 – Managing egg laying flocks, Apr 1 – April 2015 meeting of the Small and Backyard flocks CoP membership, and Apr 7 – The avian immune system and vaccination programs for poultry. These recent topics have links to the recordings: Health concerns for egg layers, Housing for small poultry flocks, Biosecurity in backyard flocks, What’s New With Bird Flu?, Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry, and Avian influenza and backyard flocks.

Women in Ag Learning Network has these upcoming event topics: Mar 17 – Balancing Competing Commitments, Mar 25 – “What Social Media Platform is Right for You?”, Apr 8 – Twitter for Newbies Webinar, Apr 22 – Twitter- Tier Two Webinar, May 13 – Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Business, May 27 – Personal or Professional Branding on Social Media, Jun 10 – Linkedin,and Jun 24 – Social Media Privacy, as well as a recording for a recent session on Machinery Sharing: Scaling Up Production for Small Farm Growers.

Go to Learn (learn.extension.org) to see more sessions in 2015, and to add learning opportunities being offered by you or your institution so you may include more for participation and learning!

Questions and Comments? Contact Beth Raney at beth.raney@extension.org. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!