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Webinars

Throughout the year, the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team periodically offers free educational webinars as an extension of the Women in Agriculture Conference. Below you will find a list of upcoming webinars and links to recordings of the past webinars. 

2019 Webinars
Sweet on Bees
  • August 20, 2019 at 12 Noon EST
  • This webinar will take a look at Beekeeping for the Small Farm and the Bee-yond.  Ashley Adair, Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources in Montgomery County, will be your guide through the wonderful world of beekeeping during this webinar.
  • Register Here
NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer: Your Key to International Agriculture
  • September 19, 2019 at 12 Noon EST
  • Join us as we explore NCBA CLUSA's Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Systems program in El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru.  If you have ever been inspired to volunteer; helping underserved farmers achieve economic empowerment, now is your opportunity.  Volunteer assignments will cover a range of topics, from horticulture, coffee, cacao to cooperative development, financial planning, marketing, etc.  Come learn how you can become a lifelong member of the Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Community supporting women in underdeveloped regions of the world.
  • Register Here

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Recorded Webinars
Weathering the Storm in Agriculture
  • Agriculture is an inherently risky business subject to many uncontrollable factors.  With poor weather this spring intensifying strains felt from consecutive years of record low prices, farmers are feeling the stress more intensely than in many years.  In addition to the health impact on the farm family, this chronic stress affects the farm's bottom line in other multiple ways.  This webinar will help farmers and their families understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, build skills in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns in themselves and others, and know where to go for more help and resources.  It includes resources about how to handle stress for a more productive mindset on the farm.
  • Link to Recording
How to Make an Under the Sink Compost Bin Using Red Worms

  • Food waste is the single largest component of material going into landfills.  Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the landfill.  Compost is also a simple way to add nutrient rich humus to your household plants or to your outdoor plants.  Composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.  Composting reduces landfill waste and is inexpensive and easy!
  • Presented by: Amy Alka, Purdue Extension ANR Educator in Randolph County
  • Link to Recording

Gardening for Royalty: Native Plants for the Monarchs and Queens
  • Gina Anderson, Purdue Extension ANR Educator, discusses the placement of native plants in the home landscape and their importance to pollinators during this recorded webinar.
  • Link to Recording
Teaching Women the Skills to Lead - Both On and Off the Farm
  • Women farmers never have a dull moment.  They constantly juggle their business demands with family commitments and personal time.  At the same time, these women are encouraged to be a leader for agriculture and take on more leadership responsibilities at home.  Where do you start?  Where does it end?  This session will help you design a short, but effective way to approach leadership development, whether you are the farmer or working with women farmers.  You will take away some easy to use leadership activities to help you discover your personal strengths and to identify areas for improvement.  At the end of this webinar, you will have some new tools that build confidence, ideas for encouraging employee productivity and knowing when and how to get involved in public policy.
  • Presented by: Margaret Viebrock - Director, WSU Extension - Chelan & Douglas Counties
  • Link to Recording
Conservation Planning for Your Farm 
  • Why would I want a conservation plan?  A conservation plan captures the goals, long and short-term, of a landowner and farmer for their farm.  Conservation plans are very similar to a business plan that most companies have in place.  The conservation plan balances the need for profit, addressing environmental concerns, and productivity of your farm.  The final plan provides you a step-by-step roadmap for meeting your natural resource conservation goals.  By developing a conservation plan and working to add conservation to your farm, you will be protecting your land's ability to provide for your family and future generations. 
  • Link to Recording
Grazing System Design
  • Grazing is more than letting your animals out to pasture.  Learn techniques to set up a sustainable grazing system from fencing to water to maintaining pastures from Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension Educator.
  • Link to Recording
Thinking Through Your Family Finances
  • This webinar was designed to help consumers better understand how they spend their money.  Nancy Manual, Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator for Purdue Extension in Adams County, discussed goal setting, wants & needs, making wise spending decisions, tracking expenses, and how to devise a spending plan during this webinar.
  • Link to Recording
Buy Sell Agreements
  • Are you worried about transferring your farm or business to the next generation?  One tool you can use to help with this process is a buy sell agreement.  Learn about how to utilize a buy sell agreement through this webinar presented by Nick Held, Purdue Extension Educator and member of the Purdue Succession Planning Team.
  • Link to Recording
Quick & Easy Meals to Take to the Field
  • In today's busy world, it's important for us to prepare fast, nutritious meals that appeal to our families and fit within the family budget.  But delicious, mobile, and appetizing meals don't just happen.  They have to be planned.  Learn how to plan and prepare delicious foods that are easily transported to working farmers with Atina Rozhon, Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator in Jennings County.
  • Link to Recording
What Does It Mean To Diversify My Farm?
  • Farm diversification means something differently to every farmer.  You might only produce garlic at a small scale and would like to diversify into other crops or you may be a large corn and soybean commodity grower and would like to think about some other diverse income streams.  The basic concept of producing more than one crop within a growing season or over time is called diversification.  Biophysical, economic, and socio-cultural factors play a part on how a farmer should think about diversification.  Tamara Benjamin, Assistant Program Leader, Diversified Farming and Food Systems with Purdue Extension, explored how these factors impact a grower's ability to diversify and what plans they should put in place to diversify their farm.
  • Link to Recording
Food Preservation: Canning & Drying for Beginners
  • Canning can be a fun and economical way to make fresh foods available year-round.  This webinar will provide an overview for safely canning and drying foods including the basics of the necessary equipment, trusted sources for recipes and important food safety information.  During this webinar, Jane Horner, Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator with Purdue Extension in Cass County explained ways to preserve your bountiful harvest!
  • Link to Recording
Planting for Pollinators
  • Regardless of whether you are a farmer, a home gardener or suburban resident you share in the responsibility of maintaining the health of our pollinators and in the opportunity to create an environment more favorable to both the pollinators and ourselves.  The careful selection and planting of specific site suitable plant materials on farms, right of ways, in home landscapes that can provide enhanced forage availability to pollinators.  Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator, discussed how to create a pollinator habitat during this webinar.
  • Link to Recording
Herb Gardening
  • If you love to cook, especially with fresh herbs, then you might enjoy a culinary herb garden.  Nothing beats the flavor of freshly picked herbs in soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, pastas, salad and many other dishes.  During this webinar, Gina Anderson, ANR Extension Educator with Purdue Extension in Floyd County explains the steps to creating an amazing herb garden.
  • Link to Recording
Resistant Weed Management
  • Valerie Clingerman, Purdue Extension Educator, discussed integrated pest management strategies for the most common resistant weeds found in Indiana. 
  • Link to Recording
Dealing with Family Stress
  • What you've learned from past experiences can help you manage new stresses.  You cannot eliminate stress, but you can make choices about how you will use your resources in new situations.  Learn how to deal with family changes and demands with Alice Smith, Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator with Purdue Extension in Jasper County.
  • Link to Recording
Why are Crop Budgets so Important?
  • Michael Langemeier, Professor within Purdue University Department of Agriculture Economics, discussed corn and soybean crop budgets, and the relative profitability of corn and soybeans. 
  • The 2018 Crop Budgets can be found in the second link below.
  • Link to Recording
  • id166_2018 - january 2018 projections.pdfid166_2018 - January 2018 projections.pdf