Updated: October 17, 2021

Women In Agriculture Webinar Series on Risk Management: Production

The most recent webinars on production

What is Fruit Quality and Factors That Affect it?
Video Length: 
39:33  |  Date: October 13, 2021
Description: Do you enjoy eating delicious fruits? Fruit Quality determines consumer acceptability and fruit marketability. This session will help you understand what is fruit quality, how can it be measured, what are some of the factors that affect it, and what can be done to improve or maintain it. 

Principles of Agronomy  |  Slide deck
Video Length: 47:19 |  Date: August 25, 2021
Description: Agronomy is the science and practice of growing plants for food, feed, and fiber. General principles of agronomy include planting, fertility, and pest management decisions and how this may apply across different crops and rotations. 

Basics of Pond Management
Video Length: 41:35 |  Date: August 11, 2021
Description: This webinar will cover the basics of pond ecology and managing ponds for varied uses, irrigation, and recreation - swimming or fishing. Algae/aquatic plants and their management and water quality will be presented.

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Animal Science

Beef Basics: Things to Consider Before Starting Your Small Herd
Video Length:
46:50  | Date: July 22, 2020
Description: This webinar will address key areas that need to be considered before starting a small beef herd.  Emphasis for this talk will be on defining end-product goals and using those goals to drive animal management decisions.  This talk will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with raising a small herd of beef cattle in the Mid-Atlantic region. Watch video

Does Your Deworming Program Need a Tune-Up? Best Practices for Deworming Cattle
Video Length: 46:56  | Date: April 28, 2021
Description: Management of intestinal parasites is an important component of any livestock operation.  Choosing the right drug, selecting the right animals, and applying dewormer at the most opportune time is critical to maintaining an economical and effective deworming program. This talk will provide an overview of current recommendations for deworming cattle and details on how to assess the efficacy of the deworming program. Watch video

Got Milk? Are Dairy Goats a Good Fit For Your Farm?
Video Length: 59:55 | Date: May 13, 2020
Description: Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of adding dairy breeds to existing goat herds as well as the basics of choosing the right breed and how to milk. Watch video

Managing Your Small Flock
Video Length: 59:55 | Date: April 25, 2018
Description: Small flock production on the rise in the United States. It is so important to explore the many aspects of raising a backyard flock before you purchase your first chick. This webinar will teach the essentials of housing, feeding, water, zoning, regulations, animal husbandry, biosecurity, and much more. Watch video

Matching Forage Quality with Small Ruminant Nutrition
Video Length: 23:55 |  Date: January 22, 2020
Description: Matching forage growth and quality to different classes of animals and reproductive cycles can be tricky. Learn how to manage your herd and pastures so you can get the most out of them. Watch video

Predator Control for your Small Flock
Video Length: 42:40 |  Date: April 24, 2019
Description: One of the chicken lovers' worse fears is losing a beloved chicken to a predator. It can happen to the best of us. This webinar will identify patterns of predation and how to keep your small flock safe. Watch video

Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket
Video Length: 49:09 |  Date: June 27, 2019
Description: This session will cover raising backyard poultry for egg production and sales. Topics covered includes basic nutrition and problems encountered with laying hens. We will also talk about handling eggs and what to do if someone wants to sell them. Watch video

Thoughts on Animal Welfare
Video Length: 1:03:09 |  Date: September 9, 2020
Description: Animal welfare is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, different stakeholders have different perspectives and definitions of animal welfare. In the United States, the consumer is the primary stakeholder driving the dynamics of change in how livestock and poultry are raised. This webinar will cover three topic areas around farm animal welfare. First, we will revisit the influential factors involved in the transformation of animal agriculture and animal welfare assurance. Next, we will cover the fundamentals of animal welfare science and the role of animal welfare science in animal welfare assessments and audits. We will finish up the webinar with a discussion on current regional, national, and international animal welfare assurance programs currently and how they may change in the future. Watch video

Soil, Water, Septic, and Conservation

An Overview of the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool
Video Length:
38:59   |  Date: August 2018
Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) is a new and voluntary service in conservation planning that evaluates an operation’s current conservation and management practices and compares them against science-based stewardship thresholds for five overarching natural resource concerns that evaluate the health of the soil, water quality and quantity, air quality and wildlife habitat.

The results of the evaluation are provided in an easy-to-read graph showing how producers' decisions affect the well-being of the natural resources under their care. Each individual producer can then see where their operation lies on the spectrum with regard to those specific resource concerns—whether that’s meeting the threshold, exceeding it, or identifying opportunities for improvements. RSET is a useful tool for recognizing current stewardship and conservation achievements, as well as identifying opportunities to improve conservation.

By using this tool, NRCS can help answer field-specific questions for a producer, such as:

  • How is the operation faring in terms of reducing erosion and increasing soil organic matter?
  • How is the operation doing with water management and preventing nutrient run-off?
  • What about curbing net greenhouse gas emissions and opportunities for improving habitat for wildlife?

Watch video

Basics of Pond Management
Video Length: 41:35 |  Date: August 11, 2021
Description: This webinar will cover the basics of pond ecology and managing ponds for varied uses, irrigation, and recreation - swimming or fishing. Algae/aquatic plants and their management and water quality will be presented.Watch video

Caring for your septic system and water wells
Video Length: 57:22  |  Date: October 14, 2020
Description: This webinar will cover the basics of drinking water wells and septic systems. Topics include the important value of your septic system and water well provides you and your home in supplying safe drinking water and sustainable waste treatment; types of systems; and recommended maintenance tips to keep them operating effectively and safely.  Watch video

Cultivating Conversation: Understanding Opportunities to Access Federal Conservation Programs
Video Length: 39:06  |  Date: March 11, 2021
Description: Those new to farming or farmland ownership may not be familiar with federal conservation programs, how best management practices (BMPs) fit into their operation, the process for applying to programs, and program expectations. This webinar will increase knowledge of federal conservation programs, including what types of programs are available, the application process, and an explanation of contractual obligations. Participants will learn about how to incorporate best management practices on their farms through voluntary and cost-share programs and will learn how conservation programs can fit into an overall farm plan. Watch video

Growing Healthy Soil
Video Length: 39:06  |  Date: March 11, 2020
Description: This webinar will introduce the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil, and how they interact and affect soil quality and health. Watch video

Micro Nutrient
Video Length: 45:42 |  Date: February 14, 2017
Description: Micro-nutrients like Mn, Zn, and Cu can be tricky to manage in cropping systems. By the time symptoms of deficiencies show up, yields will already be affected. On the other hand, too high on a concentration of some of these metals will cause toxic effects, also reducing yields. Managing soil pH and tissue and soil samples can help alleviate issues with micro-nutrients. Watch video

Soils and Salts: From Fertilizer to Tidewater
Video Length: 50:35 |  Date: March 28, 2019
Description: Salts are a natural component of soils. In fact, most nutrients and fertilizers exist in salt forms such as potassium chloride (KCl). Salts can have a negative effect on plant growth, reducing their ability to pull water from the soil. Although the East usually has enough rainfall to keep salt levels low, fertilizer placement, irrigation water, and flooding in the low-lying areas of the Mid-Atlantic can all have detrimental effects. We will discuss how to read salt sources, understand fertilizer placement, and implement remediation for gardens and row crops. Watch video

Soil Maps for Production Agriculture
Video Length: 51:24 |  Date: September 12, 2018
Description: The US started mapping soils as a resource over 100 years ago. These maps have data for everything from production agriculture to engineering principles. Learn how to search for your soil types and what they may indicate for crop production without needing an advanced degree. Watch video

Soil pH, Liming Rates and Fertility
Video Length: 45:42 |  Date: April 27, 2016
Description: Soil pH is only one number on a soil test report, but can control a lot of your production potential. To maximize your returns from the soil, understanding where soil acidity comes from and how we determine lime rates is essential. Watch video

Urban Soil Quality
Video Length: 58:52 |  Date: October 11, 2017
Description: What are the contamination risks to be aware of when growing in urban soil? How should you test for soil contaminants? How do you interpret the test results? What treatment and management options exist? Which of those are practical? If you're interested in the answers to any of these questions, tune in to this webinar. Watch video

Water and Water Reuse in Agriculture
Video Length: 40:39 |  Date: July 10, 2019
Description: Water is so important on the farm – but not all water sources are the same. This webinar will go over recent research on water quality differences between the river, pond, and recycled water as well as explaining how recycled water could be a reliable alternative for irrigation water. We will also provide information on new publications and multimedia materials related to recycled water in agriculture. Watch video

Water Testing Basics and Understanding Water Test Results
Video Length: 37:23 |  Date: June 24, 2020
Description: Water tests can help homeowners and farmers better understand how safe their water sources are for different uses. Tune into this webinar to learn how water samples are collected, tested, and how to interpret water test results. Watch video

Row Crops and Forage

Cover Crop Mixes
Video Length: 50:11  |  Date: February 10, 2021
Description: This webinar will discuss how and why to choose species of a cover crop mix and tools for deciding species and seeding rates. Topics discussed will also include how different cover crop species express themselves in a mix, fall vs spring growth, the importance of seeding date, and other management considerations. Practical considerations relevant to the mid-Atlantic region will be discussed. Watch video

Designing a Successful Pasture and Grazing System
Video Length: 57:22  |  Date: July 8, 2020
Description: A well-managed pasture is one of the most cost-effective and high-value feeds that can be produced. Not sure where to begin? This webinar will provide an overview of different grazing systems and will discuss essential considerations like layout, fencing, shelter, water, and stocking rates to help you be successful when setting up a pasture system. Watch video

Designing Cover Crops to Work for Your Farm
Video Length: 40:38 |  Date: February 27, 2019
Description: Cover crops can provide a host of benefits, including controlling weeds, reducing erosion, adding nutrients and soil organic matter to the soil, providing habitat for pollinators, alleviating soil compaction, and various other functions. However, not all cover crops are equal. This workshop will provide information about what cover crop species and management techniques are optimal for the various desired functions, and how to utilize cover crops that make sense for your farm. Watch video

Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation
Video Length:
57:33 |  Date: June 23, 2021
Description: Forage sampling and analysis is an essential component in any livestock feeding program. This webinar will cover forage testing from sampling to analysis interpretation, with a discussion on proper forage sampling techniques, the forage analysis process, and what to look for in a forage analysis report. Watch video

Grain Marketing 101
Video Length: 26:06 |  Date: April 26, 2016
Description: An introduction to grain marketing. Watch video

Principles of Agronomy  |  Slide deck
Video Length: 47:19 |  Date: August 25, 2021
Description: Agronomy is the science and practice of growing plants for food, feed, and fiber. General principles of agronomy include planting, fertility, and pest management decisions and how this may apply across different crops and rotations.  Watch video

Fruit and Vegetables

Capture the Flavor-Herbs and Spices
Video Length:1:02:28  |  Date: April 14, 2021
Description: Learn the health benefits of cooking with herbs and spices, how herbs and spices are processed for safety, best practices for storing them, and how to use these plants to flavor meals like a pro! Watch Video

Drying Foods Safely
Video Length: 1:03:28  |  Date: January 27, 2021
Description: Dried foods are tasty, nutritious, lightweight, and easy to prepare and carry. Attend this workshop and learn about the different methods for drying foods safely, what to consider when drying foods, and what foods dry best. Watch video

Farm Diversification
Video Length: 37:09  |  Date: July 27, 2016
Description: Farm diversification opens opportunities and increases potential profitability!  Adding specialty fruit and vegetable crops to your farm can increase profit margins in several ways. Like diversifying in the stock market, engaging in more than one enterprise, and adding value to what you already grow will spread profit risk, not to mention “growing” interest in locally produced foods. This webinar will introduce participants to some new potential specialty crops, discuss new federal regulations to be aware of, and regional research that has been done with specialty crops over the past few years.  Watch video

Getting the Most Out of Your High Tunnel-Best Management Practices
Video Length: 57:48  |  Date: March 24, 2021
Description: High tunnels, also called hoop houses, are temporary structures made of metal poles and flexible plastic. They are used to extend the growing season in early spring and late fall and to grow some specialty crops that prefer a hot and dry environment. In the past decade, farmers have built many high tunnels, some with support from the USDA-NRCS high tunnel program. But once you have a high tunnel, how do you best manage it to get the most out of your investment? This webinar will provide an introduction to important high tunnel management practices including temperature management, soil health, and growing media, irrigation, and pest and disease management. Watch view

Season Extension
Video Length: 55:01  |  Date: April 13, 2017
Description: This webinar will cover season extension techniques and how they can be used to reduce the risk of climate variability and expand market access by expanding the growing season and enabling specialty crop production. Watch video

What is Fruit Quality and Factors That Affect it?
Video Length: 
39:33  |  Date: October 13, 2021
Description: Do you enjoy eating delicious fruits? Fruit Quality determines consumer acceptability and fruit marketability. This session will help you understand what is fruit quality, how can it be measured, what are some of the factors that affect it, and what can be done to improve or maintain it. Watch Video

What You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Fruit
Video Length:
1:01:52  |  Date: July 14, 2021
Description: This webinar will cover information about the types of perennial fruit that can be grown in Maryland including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and pears. We will discuss how much and what kind of management and land preparation is required prior to and after planting. Lastly, some specific challenges growers face will be discussed and tips for cultivating different fruit crops will be given. Watch video

Pest Management

Bugs that Bite
Video Length: 1:25:04   |  Date: May 3 2017
Description: Mosquito and ticks are major nuisance pests that vector many diseases. Their feeding habits can affect your farm's bottom line by detouring the public from visiting and reducing animal health. They can cost you and your employees’ time and money with doctor visits, and if left untreated many of these vector diseases can lead to long-term chronic health issues and death. Topics covered include: pest biology, common arthropod-borne illnesses, personal prevention, and control methods. Watch video

Drones as a Scouting Tool
Video Length:
48:24   |  Date: February  26, 2020
Description: While drones are often promoted as tools to manage nutrients or spray for pests, their most immediate use is for scouting crops. The biggest hurdle for most farmers may be which drone to purchase and how to fly. Attend this webinar to learn about drone and camera types, the ease of operation, and when to fly row crops. After this presentation, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether drones fit your operation, and the most affordable option to buy. Watch video

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
Video Length: 57:29   |  Date: July 24, 2019
Description: Integrated pest management (IPM), is a broad-based approach to keeping pests population below the economic injury level. This webinar will review basic IPM principles, control tactics, and how to diagnose problems.  Watch video

Invasive Insects: Impacts in Agriculture
Video Length: 1:12:07   |  Date: June 10, 2020
Description: Insects can cause serious damage by feeding on crops, and insect species that have been introduced from other countries can often cause the most serious economic damage. This webinar will cover some of the basic biology and ecology of invasive species and explain why they are able to outbreak so severely in new areas. We will also discuss different ways of responding to introductions of new pest species using examples from past introductions as case examples of management methods developed to cope with new pests. Watch video

Principles of Biological Control
Video Length: 56:59  |  Date: July 29, 2021
Description: Bugs that eat bugs can be a farmer's ally for protecting crops without resorting to chemical pesticides. This webinar will review some of the biology and ecology of predatory and parasitic insect species that help keep pest insects in check. We will cover the fundamentals of biological control, and review how to maximize natural pest control in different cropping systems. Watch video

Production Methods

GMO
Video Length: 1:23:07   |  Date: November 29, 2018
Description: Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMO’s seem to constantly be in the news. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about what GMOs are, what plants and animals have been modified, and how they are created, tested, and approved for the market. This session will look at what GMO’s are, which ones are available for the market, and answer some of the more common misconceptions about them. Watch video

Intro to Organic Production and Certification
Video Length: 53:31  |  Date: January 9, 2020
Description: Organic produce has become very popular in the last 10 years. This webinar will introduce you to organic production methods, pricing and marketing organic products, and the organic certification process. Watch video

NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer: Your Key to International Agriculture
Video Length: 44:13  |  Date: February 6, 2019
Description: Join us as we explore NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Systems program in El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru. If you have ever been inspired to volunteer; helping underserved farmers achieve economic empowerment, now is your opportunity. Volunteer assignments will cover a range of topics, from horticulture, coffee, cacao to cooperative development, financial planning, marketing, etc. Come learn how you can become a lifelong member of the Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Community supporting women in underdeveloped regions of the world. Watch video

Resources for New and Beginning Farmers
Video Length: 35:34  |  Date: September 13, 2017
Description: Considerable education and resources have focused on new and beginning farmer programs both Nationally and in Maryland. This session will discuss state and national resources that may interest beginning farmers including educational programs, on-farm trainees, and funding. Watch video

What is Urban Agriculture
Video Length: 42:28  |  Date: January 24, 2018
Description: 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. Watch video

What Specialty Crop Enterprise is Right for you?
Video Length: 44:26  |  Date: March 14, 2018
Description: 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. Watch video

What to grow in an urban market garden
Video Length: 59:30  |  Date: January 24, 2019
Description: Growing for a market in a small urban garden or farm offers both challenges and opportunities. This webinar will talk about the kinds of specialty crops that are particularly suited to growing in an urban market garden for direct marketing to local customers. Watch video

What you need to know about the Food Safety Modernization Act
Video Length: 42:00  |  Date: January 25, 2017
Description: Since the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), there has been a lot of confusion about what growers need to do. In this webinar, Justine Beaulieu, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Educator at the University of Maryland, will be giving a presentation that will clear some of this up. This webinar will help inform growers about whether or not they need to comply and by when. It will also provide growers with information about training locations and dates, along with other useful resources. Watch video