Online Learning – Economics


Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Tax Year
Sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code passed by Congress in December 2017 triggered questions about how the 2018 tax changes will affect forest landowners. To help the private forest landowners, foresters, loggers and timber businesses with their 2017 tax return filings and planning for the new tax law changes in 2018, this webinar explains the income tax reporting rules as well as the major new law changes affecting timber transactions.


Non-Wood Forest Products

Agroforestry: Forest Botanicals
Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University, shares insights from his studies and involvement with native plant species on eastern U.S. forestlands that are wild harvested for the domestic and international plant trade. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability within this industry are discussed.

Forest-Cultivated Mushrooms
Ken Mudge, associate professor at Cornell University, explores the four stages that a prospective mushroom grower must consider for forest cultivation of shiitake mushrooms. Acquisition of substrate logs, inoculation, resting, fruiting and harvesting of mushrooms are covered in this webinar.

Ramping Up Forest Farm Culinary Delights
Edible forest products are becoming more popular in the culinary world. Foraging for wild foods is the latest craze among foodies. But this may be putting excessive pressures on natural plant populations, and the long-term conservation of the plants requires sustainable production. Forest landowners may have opportunities to produce edible forest products under the shade of their woodlots. Though this presentation focuses on forest farming wild onions (aka, ramps or leeks) it includes discussions of other edible forest products, as well.

Forest Brews
Learn how to turn your non-timber forest products into tasty drinks of all kinds **Warning this webinar focuses on making alcoholic drinks.

The Incredible Edible Ostrich Fern
This webinar will discuss the ostrich fern and its spring edible, the fiddlehead. Learn how to identify an ostrich fern fiddlehead; what is a sustainable harvest; are fiddleheads good for you; how do you cook them and more.

Ginseng and Mushrooms: Goodies From Your Woods
Jeanine Davis, associate professor and Extension specialist at N.C. State University, will explain how to make a profit from your forest without cutting trees. In North America, ourforests are often populated with a wide varietyof valuable native plants and fungi that can be sustainably wild harvested and sold. Many others can be introduced and cultivated toprovide a steady stream of products to harvest for many years to come.