March 07, 2021

Calendar: Soil health webinars

Join Purdue Extension, Conservation Cropping Systems, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Howard and Tipton County Soil and Water Conservation Districts for online programs about soil health.

Feb. 10, 9 to 11:30 a.m. EST: Soil Health Practices & Impacts on Soil Biology with Dr. Kris Nichols, KRIS Systems, Education & Consultation, and MyLand Company, Inc.

Feb. 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m. EST: Nutrient Returns from Soil Health Practices with Dr. Shalamar Armstrong and Richard Roth, Purdue University, and Nutrients on the Farm with Rodney Rulon, Rulon Enterprises.

Register by visiting

Lunch & Learn series begins

Join the Area 7 Purdue Extension educators for the free virtual Lunch & Learn series from noon to 1 p.m. EST on the third Thursday, February to August.

Feb. 18: Starting Seeds Indoors with Heather Caldwell. Register at

March18: Raised Garden Beds with Jennifer Logue and Beth Vansickle. Register at

April15: Weed Control in Turf with Justin Curley. Register at

May 20: Ponds 101 with Jonathan Ferris. Register at

June17: Composting with Amy Alka. Register at

July15: Cut Flowers & Flower Arranging with Beth Vansickle. Register at

Aug. 19: Davis Purdue Field Day Pesticide Damage & Drift with Mark Carter. Register at

Annie’s Project begins Feb. 23

Farm women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. During Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project, a six-week course, is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting, and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun, and dynamic way to learn, grow, and meet other farm women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets, and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states. Purdue Extension will be offering classes Feb. 23 to March 30. Choose from two virtual offerings: Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon EST, or Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. EST.

Cost is $65, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. Register by Feb. 9 by visiting