eXtension Offers Free March Webinars on Dairy Cattle, Horses, Companion Animal Careers, Organic Crops and More

Dairy, Entrepreneurs & Their Communities, Horses, Organic Agriculture, Personal Finance, Companion Animals February 29, 2012|Print

Released February 29, 2012

Learn online from eXtension webinars. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can chat and participate in question and answer sessions. All webinars are free and available nationwide. The times listed are Eastern Time so adjust the viewing time for Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska and Hawaii-Aleutian Time.

Experts from land-grant universities, government and industry host webinars on seasonal topics and current research to help Americans improve their lives. eXtension.org, the online information delivery program of the Cooperative Extension System, is an educational resource you can trust to take the best university-based research and turn it into hands-on practical information.

Webinar details
From the Companion Animals eXtension learning community
Thursday, March 1 -- Careers with Laboratory Animals
8 p.m. Eastern Time
Daniela Sharma from Rutgers University will discuss a career working with lab animals.

From the Dairy Cattle eXtension learning community
Monday, March 5 -- Strategies to Improve Reproduction in Dairy Cattle during Summer Heat Stress
1 p.m. Eastern Time
Reproductive failure is the number one reason cows involuntarily leave the dairy farm. Summer heat stress exemplifies this costly issue. However, managerial, hormonal and novel reproductive technologies can reduce the severity of summer heat stress. Todd Bilby from Texas A&M University will present strategies to help producers and consultants implement program changes to subside summer’s negative effects.

From the Organic Agriculture eXtension learning community
Tuesday, March 6 -- The Role of Cover Crops in Organic Transition Strategies
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
The transition to organic certification can take different paths. Brian McSpadden Gardener will discuss the relative value and benefits of cover cropping during the transition to organic vegetable production. Gardener works as plant pathologist and microbial ecologist at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, where he also directs the Organic Food Farming Education and Research program.

From the Personal Finance eXtension learning community
Thursday, March 8 -- 4-H Build a Million Curriculum, a Teen Investing Education Curriculum
10 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Erica Tobe, doctoral student in human development and family studies at Michigan State University, will introduce the 4-H Build a Million curriculum which was developed by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan 4-H Foundation, eXtension and FINRA. The curriculum is divided into two user options - educator/instructor guide and an information youth investing website. Templates of marketing materials are available to promote this curriculum in your community. http://www.extension.org/pages/62981/4-h-build-a-millionaire-program

From Entrepreneurs and Their Communities eXtension learning community
Thursday, March 8 -- Security and Organizational Risk Planning
2 p.m. Eastern Time
Brad Reed, computer science instructor at Glenville State College in West Virginia, will introduce the fundamental principles and topics of data security, disaster recovery and risk management. Learn critical security principles to plan, develop and perform recover planning and enhance overall security. Learn about paid solutions to free open source solutions to fit any budget and all technical expertise levels.

From the Organic Agriculture eXtension learning community
Tuesday, March 13 -- Fire Blight Control in Organic Pome Fruit Systems Under the Proposed Non-antibiotic Standard
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Ken Johnson of Oregon State University

From the Dairy Cattle eXtension learning community
Monday, March 19 -- Nutrition Programs for the Heat Stressed Herd
1 p.m. Eastern Time
Proper dietary programs are essential to cow health and performance during heat stress. Understanding what dietary changes can be made prior to and during summer heat are important for assisting thermoregulatory mechanisms of modern high-producing lactating dairy cows. Jose Santos, University of Florida, will provide dietary changes that producers and consultants can make to reduce the effects of summer heat stress.

From the Organic Agriculture eXtension learning community
Tuesday, March 20 -- Cover Crops for Disease Suppression
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Alex Stone of Oregon State University

From the Organic Agriculture eXtension learning community
Friday, March 23 -- Breeding for Nutrition in Organic Seed Systems
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Organic eaters want nutritious food, but some modern breeding programs may be increasing yields at the cost of nutrition. Learn about breeding programs working with classical breeding methods (non-GMO) to breed nutritionally superior crops. Jim Myers from Oregon State University and Walter Goldstein who lives in Wisconsin and recently started a research and education organization called the Mandaamin Institute for breeding nutritionally valuable crops and promoting healthy farming practices.

From the Horses eXtension learning community and MyHorseUniversity
Tuesday, March 27 -- Managing Live Horse Events
7 p.m. Eastern Time
Karol Dyson, from the University of Maryland Extension, will provide tips for managing live horse events.

About eXtension
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Writer: Lynette Spicer, lynette.spicer@eXtension.org

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