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How to get involved

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Purdue Extension offers something for everyone during the winter months.

In the coming weeks, there are several local programs you can attend to help brush up on your farm management, pasture management and gardening skills.

If you're starting to think about bringing someone into your farming operation, then attending the newly designed succession planning program hosted by Purdue Extension is a must.

Cultivating Strong Indiana Farm Family Relationships for Today and Tomorrow is a two-week program that includes presentations on new farmer financial skills, communicating for success, business structure and taxes and managing conflict.

The program costs $50 for an individual or $100 for a family (up to four members).

The program will be offered in two locations locally: Greene County Feb. 5 and 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (to register, call 812-659-2122), and in Vigo County Feb. 22 and March 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (to register, call 812-462-3371).

Do you have questions about Indiana fencing laws and tilling rights? Or want to know more about crop insurance and the crop outlook for 2013?

If so, then you might want to attend the Farm Management program planned for Feb. 11, from 6-8 p.m., at the Clay County Exhibit Hall.

This program will feature Chris Hurt (Purdue University), Michelle Steinbarger (ProAg) and Gerald Harrison (Purdue University).

No registration is required.

If you are interested in soil health, then register to attend the Soil Health: The Key To Your Bottom Line program.

The program will feature speakers about economics of soil health, diversity among crops, no-till, cover crops as forage and the nutrient cycle.

PARP credit is available at this program for $10. The program will be Feb. 15, at the Clay County Exhibit Hall, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Call 448-9041 to register.

Have questions about pasture management? Then you should think about attending the pasture management program that will be offered at the Clay County Exhibit Hall, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. This program will feature discussions on pasture evaluation and seeding, soil analysis, fencing laws, pasture rental and weed control. Call 448-9041 to register. Cost is $5.

The 2013 session of Annie's Project, a program developed to empower farm women to be better business partners, will take place at the Owen County Extension Office, from 1-4 p.m., each Tuesday, from Feb. 19-March 26. Registration is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early. Registration for the course is $75 and includes books, refreshments and materials.

For more details and registration information, call Jenna Smith at the Owen County Extension Office at 812-829-5020.

"Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z," will take place Feb. 8, 2013, at the Monroe County Extension Office in Bloomington.

The workshop will include sessions on health and hygiene, water quality and treatment, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation and record keeping and farm food safety plans.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is due by Feb. 1, and costs $40 per person and $20 for each additional person from the same farm.

To register, call Amy Thompson at 812-349-2575.

The Purdue Master Gardener class will take place Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m., at the Owen County Extension Office in Spencer. It will run from Feb. 12-May 7, with a variety of topics (pesticide safety, soils, turf care, vegetables and more).

The cost of the program is $115 and covers the cost of course materials, speakers and a copy of the Purdue Master Gardener book.

There is limited space available for the program, so registering early is a must. Contact the Owen County Extension Office to register at 812-829-5020. The deadline to register for the program is Jan. 31, at 4 p.m.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* Feb. 11 -- Farm Management Program, 6-8 p.m., Clay County 4-H Exhibit Hall,

* Feb. 12 -- Start of Master Gardeners, 6-9 p.m., Owen County Extension Office. Cost is $115. Call 812-829-5020 to sign up,

* Feb. 16 -- Bi-State Leader Clinic, 8:30 a.m., Cloverdale. Call 448-9041 to register, and

* Feb. 19 -- Start of Annie's Project, 1-4 p.m., Owen County Extension Office. Cost is $75. Call 812-829-5020 to sign up.