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Purdue Extension offers something for everyone during the winter months. In the coming weeks, there are several local programs that 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 4 members). The program will be offered in two locations locally: Greene Co. on February 5 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (to register call 812-659-2122) and Vigo Co. on February 22 & March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (to register call 812-462-3371).

Do you have questions about Indiana fencing laws & 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 February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clay Co. 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. This 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 on February 15th at the Clay Co. Exhibit Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please call 812-448-9041 to register. 

Have questions about pasture management? Then you should think about attending the pasture management program that will be offered at the Clay Co. Exhibit Hall on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. This program will feature discussions on pasture evaluation and seeding, soil analysis, fencing laws and pasture rental, and weed control. Please call 812-448-9041 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 be held at the Owen Co. Extension Office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday from February 19 through 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, contact Jenna Smith at the Owen County Extension Office at 812-829-5020.

"Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z" will be held February 8, 2013 at the Monroe Co. 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 recordkeeping, and farm food safety plans. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is due by February 1 and costs $40 per person and $20 for each additional person from the same farm. To register contact Amy Thompson at 812-349-2575.

The Purdue Master Gardner class will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Owen County Extension Office in Spencer. It will run from February 12th to May 7th with a variety of topics (pesticide safety, soils, turf care, vegetables, and much 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 this program, so registering early is a must. Please contact the Owen County Extension Office to do so at (812)-829-5020. The deadline to register for this program is January 31st at 4:00PM.

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 Co. or 829-5020 in Owen Co. 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:
February 11—Farm Management Program, 6—8 pm, Clay Co. 4-H Exhibit Hall
February 12—Start of Master Gardeners, 6—9 PM, $115, Owen Co. Extension Office, Call
                        812-829-5020 to sign up
February 16—Bi-State Leader Clinic, 8:30 am, Cloverdale, IN, Call 812-448-9041 to register
February 19—Start of Annie’s Project, 1-4 PM, $75, Owen Co. Extension Office, Call
                        812-829-5020 to sign up