University of Maryland Extension

Webinars

2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST

Cost is FREE

All are invited to participate

Upcoming Webinars

1/24/18: What is Urban Agriculture

 Interest is high in urban agriculture, with many entrepreneurs, municipalities, non-profits, and businesses launching urban agriculture ventures. By participating in this webinar you will learn about different definitions of urban agriculture, see examples of commercial urban farming ventures, and get an overview of the variety of cropping systems, value-added products, and business models being tried by urban farmers. 

2/14/18: Divorce and Farming

Given that nearly half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, farmers need to be prepared to weather the storm and protect their property and assets.  Listen to hear about the legal parameters of property ownership and divorce in Maryland and what strategies can be used to keep farms in the family despite divorce.

2/28/18: Smart Use Health Insurance- Smart Actions

Knowing how to use your health insurance will make you a smart health care consumer. Identify smart actions that will help you become a Smart User of health insurance. This session will help you  better understand how to use health insurance, learn how to manage health care expenses and identify tools to solve a problem.

Presenters: Jesse Ketterman, University of Maryland Extension, Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator & Maria Pippidis, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Science Extension 

3/14/18: What Speciality Crop Enterprise is Right for You?

Growing specialty crops can provide a great niche for farms providing an opportunity to diversify and profit.The USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” By participating in this webinar you will learn how to use two business planning tools (SWOT and enterprise budget) to analyze the feasibility of the enterprise in which you are interested. Be sure to tune in to part two of this webinar later in 2018 to learn more about how to develop a specialty crop enterprise.

 3/28/18: Risk Management for Food Entrepreneurs

You've worked long and hard to launch your specialty food business. Folks love the product and you're picking up more sales every month and even have a major retail chain interested in test marking your product in several of their stores.  But you could lose your business, possibly your other tangible assets, and even your good name if you don't cover the five big areas of risks for Food Entrepreneurs. This session will look at what constitutes those risks, how to avoid them, and what actions to take if your business gets caught up in a bad situation.

4/11/18: Legal Implications of Pesticide Drift

Blowing in the Wind: Legal side of Pesticide Drift. Have you seen the news about drift damage wreaking havoc across South?  Have you seen the stories in Maryland of wineries and other specialty crop operations being severely damaged by pesticide drift?  Pesticide drift damage can not only have economic costs but can also result in litigation.  We will review the current state of pesticide drift litigation and what sprayers and producers need to be aware of if involved in litigation.

4/25/18: Small Flock Management- Getting Started with your Backyard Flock

Small flock production on the rise in the United States. It is so important to explore the many aspects to raising a backyard flock before you purchase your first chick.  This webinar will teach the essential of housing, feeding, water, zoning, regulations, animal husbandry, biosecurity and much more.

5/9/18: How to Avoid the Probate Process

Discusses the process of probating a will and some of the negative impacts of probate, and then provides examples of other farm succession/ estate planning legal tools that can help farmers avoid the probate process if that is the best option for their operation. 

5/23/18: Food Marketing Trends

Consumer food choices are constantly changing. Yet, some components of their choices, such as quality, value, and customer service should never be neglected.  As we head into the summer session, let's look at what food trends have surfaced so far in 2018 and how that affects your product offerings and marketing strategies. Knowing what's "hot" and "what's not" could seriously affect your bottom line.

6/13/18: Holy Hashtag

Holy Hashtag! First "# "was a number sign, then a pound sign, now its a hashtag? Why are #hashtags important and why are they used on some social media platforms and not others? We'll unpack the symbol and have you hashtagging like a pro in hashtag heartbeat!

6/27/18: Facebook Promotions

Facebook Promotions. Not everyone who likes your Facebook page sees your posts on their newsfeeds. Typically only 3-5% of your page fans see your content. That's right! Facebook changed the algorithms. Now, the only way to assure maximum visibility is to promote your page, post or events. The good news...for very little money, you can really pack a punch. We'll review strategic ways of promoting your content including some free techniques!

7/11/18 to December: TBA

  

Duration Approximately 1 hour

For optimal performance we suggest the following:

High speed Internet
Browser: Internet Explorer
Ethernet connection instead of wireless (wireless will work, but a hard line is more stable)

Archived Webinars

Our Archived Webinars are organized by the 5 areas of Risk Management.

Financial
Human Resource
Legal
Marketing 
Social Media
Production

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