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best milking practices online course

Penn State Extension are running a best milking practice course for professionals in the dairy industry who want to learn about problems on dairy farms that result from mastitis. “Best Milking Practices” is a self-paced course primarily designed for dairy producers, employees and managers that teaches concepts to help them measure and reduce levels of mastitis, and it offers practical solutions to help apply that knowledge to milking practices.

Mastitis is a common and expensive problem on dairy farms. It is, on average, costlier than veterinary care, food, housing or equipment maintenance. To maximize a dairy’s profitability, it’s important for producers to learn as much about mastitis as possible to reduce or eliminate the spread of it on their farm. The course includes eight sections: Mastitis Basics, Cleanliness, Handling Cows, Pre-milking Prep, Milking and Post-milking, Managing Infection, CMT and On-farm Culturing, and Standard Operating Procedures.

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farm classes online this winter

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Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.

Since 2006, the program has offered high quality, collaborative learning environments online and each year educates hundreds of beginning and established farmers through these courses.

http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/

Are there courses for me? From aspiring to experienced farmers, there is a course for nearly everyone. There’s a handy chart on our course homepage to direct you to the right courses for your experience level.

What are the courses like? All of our courses consist of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting. If you aren’t able to attend the live webinars, they are always recorded for later viewing.

Qualify for a 0% interest loan! Participants who complete all requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip.

Each course is $200, but up to 4 people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline

http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/


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hms beagle’s library is now availble for free online!

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At 22, Charles Darwin set sail for a 5-year trip around the world. His notes from the Galapagos and other destinations were central to the development of his theory of evolution through natural selection, which he described in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. The lost collection of books that kept Darwin company aboard the HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his work on evolution have been made available online for free!

To check out these texts and collection of amazing images, head over to Darwin Online Beagle Library Project!

 


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planning for profit

PLANNING FOR PROFIT II
AN ADVANCED, 9 WEEK, ONLINE WHOLE FARM PLANNING COURSE
Take your financial & marketing plans to the next level of profitability!
JANUARY 17 – MARCH 13, 2012
Live Course Webinars Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm


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Course Description
This is an advanced, whole farm planning course for existing farmers/ranchers. As a Level II course it assumes that you have already developed a whole farm, business, or marketing plan and are ready to take it to the next level.

What It Includes
The course focuses on assessing, revising, and improving current plans using your current farm financial data.  After performing a SWOT analysis and goal review/revision process, you will conduct an overall financial analysis of your farm. Continue reading