Experts from land-grant universities, government and industry will host a variety of Webinars on seasonal topics and current research next month. The free sessions are available to everyone.
The list includes:
Tuesday, Jan. 11 -- Shelter alternatives for weaned dairy heifers
8:30 to 10 a.m. Eastern Time
Weaned heifers up to 4–6 months old require special care and management to grow, remain healthy and become productive members of the herd. Providing the proper environment is an essential ingredient for successful heifer rearing. Learn about a variety of shelter options for weaned heifers.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 -- Tax time techniques for beginning farmers
7 p.m. Eastern Time
Delve into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses with information on depreciation, deductions and Schedule-F forms. This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time.
Thursday, Jan. 13 -- Shades of green dairy farm calculator
1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
The "Shades of Green" dairy farm calculator quantifies the impacts of dairy farm systems on milk and meat production and gross farm revenue, milk nutritional quality, land use, fertilizer and pesticide use, manure and nutrient wastes generated and methane emissions. The Webinar presenter is Charles Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center. He led the 14-person team that authored the new report and helped design and parameterize the calculator.
Thursday, Jan. 13 -- Creating valuable Web content
2 p.m. Eastern Time
Creating a Web site and filling it with content (usually from brochures) is not enough anymore. It's important to create content that is valuable to your audience and will lead them through a conversion process to create a business relationship. Scott Wild of WildInspire, Bismarck, N.D., will focus on content creation, frequency and how social media will play a part. Wild is passionate about the role the Internet plays in marketing for profits and non-profits. He is a big believer in networking and generating ideas in a group setting.
Friday, Jan. 21 -- Reaching dairy team goals
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
The Webinar will feature a short 20-30 minute presentation followed by interaction and discussion by participants.
Friday, Jan. 21 -- Manure on wheat and side-dressed in corn
2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Extension staff in Ohio has conducted five years of on-farm research related to manure application to wheat compared to conventional fertilizer. The same comparison has been made with corn using side-dressed manure versus fertilizer. Hear about the results from Glen Arnold, Ohio State University.