The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.
Mar. 21 - Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife, Dave Shiley, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator
Protecting livestock and crops on the farm from predation can be challenging. In this presentation, an integrated pest management approach will provide options for reducing the likelihood of loss to wildlife. The discussion will include wildlife population management, limitations, exclusion techniques, fencing designs, and options in the use of guard animals.