New Farmer Webinars are Back

After a summer hiatus, webinars for new farmers are back on-line.  Short for Web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or meeting that is transmitted over the web so you can “attend” without physically leaving home. Just like face-to-face education, webinars offer opportunities for people to learn, ask questions and share experiences and ideas with others.

Bottles of MilkOn August 30th, starting at 11:30 a.m., Jared Carter, Rural Vermont Director, and Dan Scruton, Dairy and energy Chief of the VT Agency of Agriculture, will present on the rules, regulations and best management practices for handling, marketing and selling raw milk in Vermont.

In the first presentation,  2011 Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont, Jared Carter of Rural Vermont will outline the options and legal requirements established under the 2009 Raw Milk Law, focused on Tier 1 sales of up to 50 quarts of milk per day. Topics covered will include animal health and milk handling requirements; bottling and labeling requirement; and customer relations and recordkeeping. Vermont Agency of Agriculture Dairy and Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe changes to state statute in 2011 and share updated guidelines for educational classes. A comprehensive raw milk seller’s guide created by Rural Vermont and approved by the Agency is available for download prior to the webinar at www.ruralvermont.org and www.uvm.edu/newfarmer.

From 12:30-1:15 pm, Dan Scruton will talk about Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling. Direct marketing unpasteurized milk to consumers brings both opportunity and liability to farm businesses. Scruton will describe proper milk testing, cooling and sanitation procedures to maximize milk quality and safety for farmers producing and selling raw milk under the 2009 Raw Milk Law. Resources about milk quality and a farm insurance liability checklist from Co-Operative Insurance will also be available to help you protect the health of your farm.

Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program will moderate the webinars.  They will also be recorded, so if you can’t make the live presentation, visit our Recorded Webinars page a few days later.  You’ll also see lots of other recorded webinars there, like our series on Land Access for new farmers.

To participate live on August 30, go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer at about 11:15 am EST on Aug 30, 2011 and click on “Webinars” on the left-hand menu.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203.

WebinarVermont New Farmer Project and Sproutss will occur every month, with upcoming topics including CSA innovations, high tunnel design , and social media marketing.  To stay informed about upcoming webinars, sign up for the UVM Extension New Farmer Project e-newsletter.  Or, check our calendar often.  Webinars will be listed there, with a little New Farmer Project icon beside them.

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About Jessie Schmidt

Ag and Community Program Coordinator for the University of Vermont Extension.
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