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Online courses for farmers open for registration

October 12, 2011
Westfield Republican
The growing season is still in full swing, but at the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, thoughts are already turning toward education season.

Six of its seven online courses, including four new topics, are still open for registration, ready to help continue farming education.

As always, courses are taught by experienced Cooperative Extension educators, farmers and other specialists. Courses are usually six weeks long, require a fee and include both real-time meetings via online webinars and on-your-own time reading and activities. Academic credit is not offered, but those who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate and are also eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrower training credit, which can improve eligibility to receive a low-interest FSA loan.

The following are courses bing offered:

• BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business;

• BF 104: Financial Records;

• BF 120: Veggie Farming — BF 121 will be offered in January;

• BF 130: Poultry Production;

• BF 105: Machinery and Equipment; and

• BF 110: Soil Health.

To learn more about each course, visit This site allows for visiting of the Annual Course Calendar, learning more about instructors, seeing answers to Frequently Asked Questions, reading details for each course and even visiting a sample online course.

Courses often fill very quickly; don’t miss your chance to sign up today.


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