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For more information, contact:
Christy Cassady, Coordinator

Center for Crop Diversification
N-318 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1477

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This project is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

Archived Webinars

An updated webinars page is available on our new website at Please update your bookmarks.

Some archived webinars hosted by the Center for Crop Diversification are currently unavailable because the UKAg Videocenter suffered a hardware failure. We will make the recordings of these webinars available again as soon as possible.

Hops 101 Webinar

The Center for Crop Diversification and the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture hosted a Hops 101 Webinar on Thursday, May 7th. A recording of the webinar, as well as links to websites and documents for additional information on hops, are available below.

Hops 101 Handout
Hops 101 Resource List
Center for Crop Diversification Hops Crop Profile
Enterprise Budget - Small-Scale Commercial Hops Production in North Carolina
Estimated Costs of Producing Hops in Michigan
Hops 101 Webinar survey

CCD High Tunnel Webinar Series Archives

The Center for Crop Diversification hosted a High Tunnel Webinar Series on Tuesday evenings during February and March. Recordings of the webinars are available below. To see a video about high and low tunnel options, click here.

Webinar 1 - Season Extension Opportunities + EQIP Funding

Webinar 1 handout

A recording of the first in our series of high tunnel webinars, which we could not offer live due to a winter storm, is now available. Links to the following are referred to during the webinar:
The EQIP application can be found on this website, under "Conservation Program Application Form."

High Tunnel Overview profile
Additional high tunnel crop profiles
Iowa State budgets

Webinar 2 - Structure Options, Construction, Ventilation & Temperature Control

Webinar 2 handout
Link to Krista Jacobsen's high tunnel website - University of Kentucky High Tunnel Research Facility
High Tunnel Budgets from N.C. State

Webinar 3 - Organic Production & Certification in High Tunnels and Marketing & Economic Considerations in High Tunnels

Webinar 3 handout
Kentucky Department of Agriculture Organic Marketing page
CCD organic profiles
A Farmer's Guide to Marketing through Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) from the University of Tennessee
2009 Survey of Community Supported Agriculture Producers from the Center for Crop Diversification
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Ag Marketing, Farmers Markets, CSAs contact: Sharon Spencer, 502-782-4127;
High Tunnel Budgets from N.C. State
Iowa State budgets
Low-Cost Cold Storage Room for Market Growers
Webinar 3 Survey

Webinar 4 - Crop & Equipment Options and Nutrient & Irrigation Management in High Tunnels

Webinar 4 handout
ID-36 Web version
ID-36 PDF version
UK High Tunnel Research Facility website

Videos associated with Dr. John Wilhoit's Equipment Options presentation:

Aaron talks BCS and attachment: Aaron Stancombe, manager of the high tunnels at the UK Horticulture Research Farm, demonstrates the BCS walk-behind tractor, the use of wheel extensions with this machine, and a range of attachments used for operations in high tunnels, including a rotary plow, a flail mower, a roto-tiller, hilling disks, and a plastic layer.
BCs hiller disks in action: Aaron demonstrates using the BCS with the hilling disks for making a raised bed in a high tunnel.
Aaron in tunnel raised beds: Aaron shows the results of using the hilling disks, demonstrates raking the top of the bed (by hand) to prepare a seedbed, and explains use of the chisel plow.
Aaron's plastic vs. fabric and flamer demo: Aaron talks about landscape fabric used for mulching a raised bed in the tunnels, as an alternative to using plastic mulch. Aaron demonstrates an attachment to a propane flame weeder for burning holes in the landscape fabric.
Webinar 4 survey

Webinar 5 - Insect, Weed & Disease Control in High Tunnels

Webinar 5 handout
ID-36 Web version
ID-36 PDF version
The Ohio State University Guide to Weed Identification
Weed Science Society of America Weed ID pages
Webinar 5 survey

Webinar 6 - Producer Views and Series Wrap-up

Webinar 6 handout
Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use
Webinar 6 survey

Grape Contracting

Winery Contracting (Click title to access webinar recording)
Featured speaker: Vicky Scharlau from the Washington Wine Grape Growers Association. Brought to you by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Southern Risk Management Education Center, and the Center for Crop Diversification.
Best Practices for Sampling at KY Farmers Markets - Learn why sampling your food products at Kentucky farmers markets is increasingly important to your marketing plan.

Accompanying documents:

Best Practices for Sampling
at Farmers Markets (AEC-2012-19)

Webinar slides
Sampling Checklist
Farmers Market Vendor FAQ
2014 KDA Sampling Packet

Click here to hear a Kentucky Farm Bureau podcast about sampling at farmers markets.

Video Shows Benefits
of Farmers Market Sampling

Picky eaters broaden their food horizons at the Lexington Farmers Market. Click here to see taste testers react to a variety of products.

The Ohio State University:

Beekeeping Webinar: What "Newbees" Need to Know. Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at This session features Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor. Brought to you by Ohio State University Extension. For more information, contact Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension, at

Beekeeping Webinar: Honey Bee Foraging in Ohio's Landscapes, 9-10 a.m. EDT. Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Archived at This session features Doug Sponsler, The Ohio State University. For more information, contact Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension, at

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:

The Science Behind Healthy Soil: NRCS' Soil Health Literature Review Project webinar provides an overview of the USDA NRCS Soil Health Literature Review Project and its accompanying public website. Visit the Science and Technology Training Library to see more webinar opportunities.

Center for Environmental Farming Systems, N.C. State University:

Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Plasticulture Strawberry Production

This webinar covered sustainable soil management and integrated pest management practices that can be easily integrated into plasticulture strawberry production systems.

National Center for Appropriate Technology and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

Cover Crops and Crop Insurance - What's the Connection?

Marketing for Profit:
Tools for Success
Marketing Webinars
for Direct Marketing Farmers

A series of webinars presented by The Farmers Market Federation of New York, the New York Farm Viability Institute, and USDA Northeast SARE. Click here to access the webinars.

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