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Intro Business Course Targets New Farmers

Burlington--A business course for farmers interested in learning basic financial management skills will be offered this February at three Vermont locations.

Introduction to Ag Financial Management will help new farmers become more business savvy by arming them with the information they need to anticipate and handle the financial needs of their agricultural enterprise. The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension New Farmer Project will offer the course at the UVM Extension office in South Burlington and the Vital Communities office in White River Junction on Feb. 5, 12 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 26.

The registration fee is $80 if received by Jan. 5, or $120 from then until Jan. 20. Registrations received after that date will be subject to a $25 late fee. Past participants of UVM Extension's Growing Places and/or Whole Farm Planning course will qualify for a discount if they sign up by the early registration deadline.

The course, while geared to beginning farmers, is open to all farm owners or operators who want to have a better understanding of the basics of financial management. To register or for scholarship information, go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes."

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382, ext. 203 (within Vermont) by Jan. 20.

The course will teach farmers how to create budgets, balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements as well as prepare them with the skills needed to keep accurate financial records and plan for future farm financial needs. In addition, a financial planning clinic with one-on-one assistance will be offered at no additional charge as part of the course.

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