Small farm seminars planned

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

A series of webinars on a variety of topics that relate to small farms and local foods will be held at the University of Illinois Extension office in Pontiac on Thursdays at 1p.m. beginning Jan. 26 and running through March 29.

University of Illinois Extension educators will present information on small farms, poultry, horticulture, livestock, woodlands, pasture management, and other topics.

For example, on Thursday, Jan. 26 a webinar presented by Extension educator Kyle Cecil and Extension specialist Ken Koelkebeck will provide information for small farm producers that will help identify characteristics, opportunities and challenges of pasture-based poultry production.

The series will be hosted by Extension Educator Chris Konieczka at the Livingston County Extension Office Conference Room, 1412 S. Locust St in Pontiac. Contact Konieczka with any questions.  Learn about all the webinar options and register for these free classes at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw.

Don't Worry, Be Savvy: Farm Savvy Risk Management

A webinar series addressing risk management will be held on January 23, January 30, February 6, and February 13, 2012. Co-sponsored by the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and the University of Illinois Extension, this series of four webinars will provide a comprehensive look at methods of evaluating, managing and reducing risk on small farms. Through these webinars, small farmers will be able to ensure their success by identifying, assessing, and addressing the risks that threaten their farms. In-person workshops will be offered in the spring to follow up on the materials presented in the webinar series and address farmers' specific issues in compiling a comprehensive risk management plan.

The webinars will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Livingston County Extension Office in Pontiac at 1412 S. Locust St. There is no fee for the programs.  Registration is available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/

You may also attend the webinar from your home. You will need to have a computer with high-speed Internet access and a way to listen to the presentation (headsets are best, but speakers will work). After you register, you will receive instructions and a link for the webinar.

Contact Chris Konieczka, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms at (815) 842-1776 or cmkonie@illinois.edu for more information

You can attend one or all of the sessions listed below.

January 23 "Risk Management Basics"

Learn how to evaluate your capacity for taking risks, and obtain information about the various types of insurance available to manage your particular risks.

January 30 "Risk Management in Production and Marketing"

Learn about how to manage risk using production and marketing practices.

February 6 "Financial Risk Management"

Learn about business and financial risk management practices, such as choosing the correct business entity and effective business planning.

February 13 "Managing Human Risk"

Learn about human risk, focusing on contingency and estate planning and other personnel