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Business & Financial Management

» Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses (March 2011)

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This presentation will focus on hiring and managing employees, handling on-farm work stays, internships, and volunteer labor. Legal distinctions between interns and employees, as well as the fine line separating independent contractors from employees will be discussed. Other topics to be covered include worker's compensation, unemployment, H2A visas, wage & hours statutes, worker accommodations and workplace safety. Presented by Law for Food founder Kenneth Miller, who provides legal support specifically tailored to meet the business and legal needs of small-scale farmers and food entrepreneurs. Download the Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm Businesses Presentation.

» Filing a Schedule F: Federal Tax Preparation for Farmers (February, 2013)

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Learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business. Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning. Download the PDF of the Filing a Schedule F Presentation.

» Filing Farm Taxes (January 2012).

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Learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business. Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning.

» Ins and Out of Insurance (September 2010)

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To insure, or not to insure? Do you need worker's comp for your farm apprentice? Can you insure land you are leasing from liable for injuries caused by your farming activities? Is insurance too expensive for your small operation? Can you be insured if you sell raw milk or poultry slaughtered on your farm? Master the maze of farm insurance options with Join Kevin Bourdon from Co-op Insurance Companies, one of the primary insurers of farms in Vermont. Kevin grew up on a dairy farm in Middlebury, VT, and now owns and operates a farm with his family in Waltham, VT. In early 1984, Kevin joined Co-op Insurance Companies. As the Business Development Specialist at Co-op Insurance Companies, Kevin specializes in farm insurance products and training insurance agents to work with new farm businesses. This webinar reviews the types of insurance available, important things to include on your insurance policy, and how insurance can protect you, your assets and your community. A discussion of Worker's Comp regulations and insurance options is also covered.

Download the PDF of The Ins and Outs of Insurance for Farm Businesses. The PDF explains lots of definitions and common terms found in insurance policies—a good alternative to watching the presentation if you are short on time.

» Reaping the Rewards of Farm Financial Records (December 2012).

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Record keeping on the farm is a chore that many of us put off. With the new year around the corner, make better record keeping your resolution! Join the Vermont New Farmer Project to learn strategies for farm financial record keeping that work. Mark Cannella, agricultural financial management specialist at UVM Extension, will help you prioritize your financial record keeping efforts, share tips for developing an effective record keeping system and show you how to use your records to make savvy farm management decisions. This introductory webinar will get your new fiscal year started off right.

» Tax Time Techniques for Beginning Farmers (Jan 2011)

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Be ahead of the curve this year, and learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business before March rolls around! Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning. Dennis has taught business management courses to farmers since 1994. Download the Tax Time Techniques Slide Set

Following are links to resources referenced during the webinar.

» Where are the Grants? (November 2012)

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As a new farmer, accessing the money you need to get your farm started and to keep it operating can be a big challenge. The idea of finding a grant to help fund your farm operation is an alluring proposition. However, while opportunities for grant funding do exist, as the saying goes, there is no such thing as free money. Mary Peabody, director of the UVM Ext New Farmer Project, will talk about some common grants available to farmers, the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing grant funding for your farm, and how to think strategically about using conventional and alternative financing to support your operation through the start-up phase.


» What are Lenders Looking For? (December 2013)

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Join Benneth Phelps, Loan and Outreach Coordinator for the Carrot Project for a webinar on the “tools” that every farm business should have to help them obtain financing, even if they don’t need it now. Improve your understanding of available financing and gain perspective on how financing can help your business succeed! Benneth Phelps is Loan and Outreach Coordinator at The Carrot Project, a non-profit offering financing and assistance to both farms and food enterprises in the Northeast. Originally a fruit and vegetable farmer by training, she has a decade of experience farming in New England.


Crop Production Topics

» Basic Soil Health and Soil Testing (August 2010)

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Healthy soils are the cornerstone of a productive and sustainable farm. Join Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist and Soil Specialist, to learn the art of managing soils to promote crop productivity while protecting the environment. She will discuss how to maintain or build healthy soils and soil testing for nutrients and overall health. Heather has a diverse outreach and applied research program including work on specialty grains, oilseed crops, forage, and soil health and nutrient management. Heather also operates a diversified farm in Alburgh, VT.

» Choosing Forage Crops for Fall Seeding (July 2010)

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Late summer is a good time to consider a new seeding for pastures or haycrops, provided there is adequate soil moisture. Sid Bosworth, University of Vermont Extension agronomist, reviews the many species and mixture options for a new seeding, discuss site preparation and post seeding management. Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research in the areas of alfalfa management, nutrient and manure management of cool season grasses and corn for silage, weed control, pasture management, forage quality and organic wheat production. His extension programs focus on crop and pasture management and utilization, integrated crop management and grasses for biomass energy. He developed and maintains the Vermont Crops and Soils Homepage (http://pss.uvm.edu/vtcrops). He has a Ph.D. in crop physiology from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. in agronomy and B.S. in animal science from Auburn University. Additional resources: Identification Guide for Forage Legumes Grown in the Northeast, and Identification Guide for Forage Grasses Grown in the Northeast.

» Crop Plans for Year-Round Production in High Tunnels (September 2012)

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Are you considering adding high tunnel crops to your farm? High tunnel production has been widely promoted for season extension of vegetables, but is year-round production possible or even sustainable in the Northeast? Join the Vermont New Farmer Project for a presentation with Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program. Reid manages research and education projects throughout New York State for greenhouse and high tunnel production of fresh market vegetables. He is involved in the evaluation of grafting on tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants; biological pest control, new cropping techniques and low temperature pest management concerns. In this webinar we will look at crop rotations in high tunnels from both economic and horticultural perspectives. Long-term soil fertility, pest cycles and profitability will be analyzed using real life examples. Additional resources: PDF of presentation slides.

» Enhancing Native Pollinator Populations on Farms

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We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases.  John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble, and how we can bring back populations with ecologically sound farming practices, pollinator friendly plantings, and by providing nesting and overwintering habitat. John  has a Master's Degree in Agricultural Entomology and over 30 years professional experience in sustainable agriculture as a university educator, researcher, extension agent, international consultant, and practicing organic farmer. According to John, his ‘final frontier’ is a long term ecological study in his own backyard, focusing on the 18 acres of organic fruit, meadow, and native pollinator sanctuary that make up The Farm Between, and he couldn’t be more excited about it.

» Farm-Scale Permaculture: Techniques, Practices and Philosophies for Permanent Agricultural Systems

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‘Permaculture’- or ‘permanent agriculture’- is a holistic design system making human landscapes more connected, productive, and ecologically regenerative. While practiced at scales varying from balconies to broad regions- its origins are in its application to small farms, homesteads, and land-based community-oriented micro-enterpirses. Join with grower, builder, and professional farm designer Keith Morris to explore how permaculture design can be used by market growers to better cooperate with the ecosystems and communities they depend on to be more profitable and resilient in the face of change. We’ll introduce a process for thorough site analysis and long-term (even intergenerational) farm design and planning, share a few case studies, and explore some specific techniques best applied in production-scale systems.

» Getting Started Growing Small Grains in New England (March 2014)

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The demand for local grains is increasing and innovative farmers around New England have been working with UVM Extension to experiment with breed selection and best practices for growing grains for human consumption in our changing climate. Join Dr. Heather Darby, Agronomic and Soils Specialist for the University of Vermont Extension and lead researcher on small grain production systems in Vermont to learn about getting started growing grains, including: recommended species, production strategies, mechanization and infrastructure options for production and post-harvest handling and common challenges faced by both new and experienced growers alike.

» Intro to Common Insect Pests and Their Management on the Vermont Vegetable Farm (June 2012)

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Learn how to recognize common Vermont insect pests of vegetables and local natural enemies from UVM Extension Entomologist Margaret Skinner. Skinner combines research on biological control with outreach to growers and the public on IPM (integrated pest management) education and awareness for many key insect pests of the Northeast. She coordinates educational programs for growers on greenhouse IPM in ME, NH and VT, and identifies insects for the UVM Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, the Master Gardener program, and the public. She provides a vital link between growers and the latest entomology research. She will share information to help you develop strategies for identifying and managing your pest problems. PDF of the Powerpoint Presentation.

Integrated Pest Management worksheets are referenced in the presentation and are useful in creating an effective strategy for managing pests on the farm. The are available as a PDF Version, and an editable MS Word version. The UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic aids Vermont greenhouses, farms and orchards by assisting in the identification and control of pests and diseases. The site provides information on pest and disease identification and management, and includes forms and directions for submitting samples to the laboratory for analysis.

» Intro to Plant Disease (June 2010)

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Many of us walk into the field or greenhouse and are stumped by what we see.  Is it insect damage, nutrient deficiency, plant disease, or something else? Join Ann Hazelrigg, director of the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the University of Vermont, to learn to identify common plant diseases and learn strategies for managing them. Ann has degrees in Plant Pathology and Pomology from Colorado State University and Cornell. She will share her extensive collection of pictures for identification and her wide breadth of knowledge on plant disease. Bring your questions and on-the-ground experience to share.

» Intro to Shiitake Mushroom Production (February 2014)

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Presented by Ben Waterman, mushroom grower and coordinator for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education funded project, "Cultivation of shiitake mushrooms as an agroforesty crop for New England."

» Managing Vegetable Transplants for Success (January 2013)

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Julie Rubaud, owner and operator of Red Wagon Plants, will share her knowledge and expertise in raising organic vegetable transplants for farms and commercial production. Red Wagon Plants is a wholesale organic plant operation with a retail outlet in Hinesburg, VT. Julie will talk about her management strategies for growing healthy, disease free transplants organically, as well as variety selection and timing of transplant production. Julie has extensive experience as a produce farm owner and operator and has operated Red Wagon Plants since 2005. PDF of presentation.


Farm Safety

» Farming for Life: Using Body Mechanics & Other Tools to Do What You Love Longer (May 2012)

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Taking care of your body can ensure a future of doing what you love—farming, gardening, or simply living. In this webinar, Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger, from Green Heron tools, share secrets from the field of body mechanics -- how to minimize injuries & pain by how you move, lift & shovel—as well as explore the ergonomics of tools andhow to choose the right ones for you, answer your questions, & offer exercises to help you stay healthy, longer. Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger were organic market growers for 15+ years and have been avid gardeners even longer. With backgrounds in nursing & public health, they co-own Green Heron Tools, the first company in the world dedicated to scientifically designing agricultural tools for women.

» Farm Safety for the Growing Season (May 2010)

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Alex Jump, Farm Safety Outreach Educator for UVM Extension, shares her knowledge about common risks on farms and measures you can take to keep you and your familyt safe through the growing season. Also available: Fact sheets and checklists in conjunction with the webinar.


Food Safety

» Creating Products from Farm Produce: Best Practices for Food Safety and Regulations for Value-Added Food Production in Vermont. (April 2013)

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Are you considering adding value added products to your mix at the farmers market, your farm stand or CSA pick-up? As you make plans to add diversity to what you offer, join this webinar to learn the rules and regulations, as well as the best practices for food safety when creating value-added products from your farm produce. Presenter Londa Nwadike is the Food Safety Specialist for UVM Extension. She works with value-added producers of all sizes on food safety and complying with state and federal regulations. The presentation will touch specifically on Vermont state regulations, but the food safety best practices and information on federal regulations will be applicable across state line. Download the PDF of the Creating Products from Farm Produce presentation. Find more information about creating and selling value-added products at UVM Extension's Food Safety website.

» Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms (February 2011)

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Consumer concern about food safety and food borne illnesses as they relate to fresh, whole produce has increased greatly in the last five years. Many farmers are left wondering how much these concerns apply to their farming operation. Ginger Nickerson, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Outreach Coordinator at UVM's Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Hans Estrin, UVM Extension Farm to School Coordinator, provides an overview of why new farmers should be thinking about food safety, issues to consider as you plan your operation for the long term, and whether you need to undergo a GAPs Audit or not. Hans Estrin answers specific questions about selling to schools or hospitals. Ginger Nickerson provides technical assistance and educational support to produce growers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and food safety through the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Ginger has worked as a field hand on a wide range of farms and has a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan. Hans Estrin is a co-founder of the Windham Farm and Food Network or WFFN (www.windhamfarmandfood.org) , and Local Food Network Coordinator for UVM Extension. Hans helps Windham County farms write food safety plans, and is coordinating Practical Food Safety workshops for Vermont farmers in late winter 2011. Download the Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms Presentation (PDF of slide set)

Other Food Safety Resources:

The Cornell University Good Agricultural Practices Network for Education and Training (GAPsNET) at http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/

The University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Good Agricultural Practices For Produce Growers Program at http://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/?Page=gaphome.html

» Managing Food Safety Risks in Agritourism (December 2011)

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Understanding the latest in food safety is essential for farmers who are planning to directly market their products. This webinar will present the latest in food safety and food-based risk management issues specifically aimed at those involved in agritourism. Whether you are a farmer new to agritourism, or are seeking to expand your agritourism operations, the webinar will provide up-to-date information, best practices, and future directions in risk management and food safety. Presenters include Ben Amsden, of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, Lisa Chase, Natural Resources Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and Director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center, and Londa Nwadike, Food Safety Specialist with the University of Vermont.


Infrastructure

» Cold Storage Options For Beginning Produce Farmers (October 2013)

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Vermont’s food systems are experiencing increased localization, value addition, diversification, extension of growing season and increased market demand. Growers are now seeing enhanced value in storing and marketing their produce year-round. Crop storage can be costly and the construction and operation of an efficient and well-designed system is essential to a farm’s profitability in winter and early spring markets. Chris Callahan, UVM Extension Ag Engineer will present on biological processes of crops in storage, storage characteristics of various crops, and sizing and design considerations of storage systems. The presentation will include the basics of heating and refrigeration and construction for utility and efficiency (including manufactured boxes, DIY construction, and CoolBots™). The webinar is tailored for new and aspiring farmers. Download the Cold Storage Options for Beginning Produce farmers presentation slides.

Land Access

» Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part I (March 2011)

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Kathy Ruhf, co-director of the non-profit Land for Good, and Ben Waterman, coordinator of the Land Access program for the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, to go over some basic concepts about holding farmland. The session looks at options (owning versus leasing) and variations on these tenure options. The presenters will touch on kinds of leases and landlords, affordability (land and housing), and financial readiness. They will also cover how to search for farm property and hints for negotiating successful transactions. About the presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. Download the Land Access for Beginning Farmers-Part I Presentation (pdf).

» Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part 2 Webinar (March 2011)

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Learn about the many variables that should be considered when assessing farms, land, and farm infrastructure for rental or purchase. This webinar also cover some important land use regulations and state programs, such as the Current Use Program, that can affect tenure for beginning farmers. Finally, hear about existing programs and services in Vermont that can assist you with developing farm tenure arrangements and support you while you establish your farm enterprises. Presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Currently he is working to renew a program called Land Link Vermont which matches farm seekers with owners of farm assets looking for farmers. He works closely with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project to develop educational resources for small farmers in start-up stages. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. Download the Land Access for Beginning Farmers-Part 2 Presentation.


Livestock Production

» Fencing for Multi-Species Grazing (May 2013)

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Colin Kennard's experience has given him great insight on how animals interact and respect - or don't respect fences. A second generation Wellscroft Fencing retailer and livestock farmer, his experience with agricultural fencing products continues to evolve along with innovations in the industry. He is passionate about giving people the knowledge and tools to allow their agriculture, from small backyard gardens to large commercial livestock farms, to thrive. Join this webinar to learn from an expert.

» Ideas for Enhancing Sheep Production

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Learn about designing sheep production systems to match animals to resources to markets. UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Joe Emenheiser discusses breeds, breeding programs, nutrition/health, reproduction, and product quality (meat and wool). Raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania, Joe’s experience with livestock includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching, and judging. He seeks to help Vermont's diversified livestock farms improve their efficiency, product quality, and marketing.

» Raw Milk Webinars (September 2011)

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Part 1: Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont. Jared Carter of Rural Vermont will outline the options and legal requirements established under the 2009 Raw Milk Law, focused on Tier 1 sales of up to 50 quarts of milk per day. Topics covered include animal health and milk handling requirements; bottling and labeling requirement; and customer relations and record keeping. Vermont Agency of Agriculture Dairy and Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe changes to state statute in 2011 and share updated guidelines for educational classes. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program.

Part 2: Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling. Direct marketing unpasteurized milk to consumers brings both opportunity and liability to farm businesses. VT Agency of Agriculture Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe proper milk testing, cooling and sanitation procedures to maximize milk quality and safety for farmers producing and selling raw milk under the 2009 Raw Milk Law. Resources about milk quality and a farm insurance liability checklist from Co-Operative Insurance will also be available to help you protect the health of your farm. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program.

» Fencing Follies: Common Mistakes and Fencing Options for Diversified Livestock Operations (April 2012)

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Colin Kennard from Wellscroft Fence Systems addresses many electric fence options suitable for livestock inclusion as well as predator exclusion specifically addressing the climate and terrain of the northeast United States. Learn about types of conductors including high-tensile steel, aluminum, rope, tape, polywire, and netting used in permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary situations. The webinar covers the most common mistakes and problems encountered with electric fences and how to avoid or resolve them. Between his work and having grown up on a working farm, Colin's experience has given him great insight on how animals interact and respect - or don't respect fences. His experience with agricultural fencing products continues to evolve along with innovations in the industry. He is passionate about giving people the knowledge and tools to allow their agriculture, from small backyard gardens to large commercial livestock farms, to thrive.

» Rotational Grazing Basics (April 2010)

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Rachel Gilker and Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program discussed rotational grazing fundamentals for success, including soil testing, plant growth, grazing infrastructure, animal behavior and calculating pasture forage for your animals. To view the recording, go to Also available: Grazing Basics for Beginners Fact Sheet for some information about the concepts covered in this webinar.

» Principles of Pastured Pork (November 2011)

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Bruce Hennessey, with his partner, Beth Whiting operate Maple Wind Farm, a pasture-based diversified livestock, vegetable and maple syrup farm in Huntington, VT. The farm produces 100 percent grass fed beef & lamb, pasture-raised broilers,eggs and organic turkeys, vegetables and maple syrup. As lifelong educators and environmentalists, Bruce and Beth are interested in helping people to learn about sustainable production methods. This webinar will focus on raising hogs in an intensive pasture management program. Bruce discusses general principles of pastured raised hogs, including breeds, supplemental feed, fencing and water systems, farrowing and swine health. This introductory presentation covers the basics of pasturing hogs and help new farmers get started off right. Due to technical difficulties, the visual portion of the Pasture Pork webinar recording is not available. While listening to the recording, follow along with this pdf of the presentation.

» The Bottom Line on Broilers (December 2011)

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With Vermont regulations allowing the sale of up to 1000 farm-processed broiler chickens at farmers markets, CSAs, and to restaurants, many new farmers are adding this enterprise to their farm business mix. This webinar will offer information about raising broilers efficiently for an improved bottom line. Join Michael Darre, Professor & Extension Poultry Specialist, at the University of Connecticut, to learn about broiler breeds, pasturing poultry, feeding birds for optimum health and feed conversion, and determining the best time to slaughter. There will also be time to ask questions about issues you have encountered raising meat birds in the past. Dr. Darre is the lead Extension poultry specialist for the all of New England. He obtained his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1975, where he went on to obtain an M.S. in Animal Physiology in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Animal Physiology in 1981. He organizes and runs the the New England-New York Biosecurity and Poultry Pest Management Conference. Much of his time is also devoted to providing information and help to the small part-time/backyard poultry producers. Download a PDF of the slide presentation for The Bottom Line on Broilers.

» Practical Poultry Production (November 2010)

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If you're thinking of adding chickens to your farming operations for eggs or meat, join Michael Darre, Professor & Extension Poultry Specialist, at the University of Connecticut, for an intro to all things chicken. Topics covered will include: Choosing the right type, breed and numbers; Housing and environmental concerns for small flocks; Health and disease management of small flocks; and General concepts of nutrition and feeding. Dr. Darre is the lead Extension poultry specialist for the all of New England. He obtained his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1975, where he went on to obtain an M.S. in Animal Physiology in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Animal Physiology in 1981. He organizes and runs the the New England-New York Biosecurity and Poultry Pest Management Conference. Much of his time is also devoted to providing information and help to the small part-time/backyard poultry producers.

» Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations webinar (April 2011)

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A presentation by Vermont Agency of Agriculture Meat Inspection Program Cheif Randy Quenneville. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu. You may also want to download the following documents:

  • Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations in Vermont presentation PDF, created by Randy Quenneville, VT Meat Inspection Program Chief. This document covers the gambit from commercial and custom slaughter and processors, wholesalers, retailers and small farm operations. It explains the current regulations with regard to different species and markets, including poultry slaughter requirements. It also also reviews state labeling guidelines and where to learn more if you plan to move to USDA approved slaughter and labeling. The document was developed in support of the Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations in Vermont webinar, presented by Randy Quenneville on April 28, 2011, recorded and archived on the UVM Extension New Farmer Project website.
  • Fact Sheet Vermont Slaughter Inspection and Licensing Requirements for Meat Producers. This April 2011 fact sheet matches markets (farmers market, CSA, on-farm sales, restaurants, grocery stores, and out-of-state) with the slaughter requirements in Vermont for different meat species . Laid out in a table matrix, it is easy to find the information that applies to your specific livestock operation.
  • Vermont Meat and Poultry Labeling and Packaging Requirements. Avoid a costly mistake by reading this fact sheet before printing labels for your meat products. The information will help you determine what is and is not allowed on your label and who needs to review and approve your label before use. Published April 2011

» Is Raising Sheep in Your Future? (January 2010)

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Have you ever wondered if raising sheep is for you? UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Chet Parsons discusses considerations of getting started with sheep. Topics include different breeds of sheep, which types are best for your situation, and how to select healthy livestock. Also covered: housing, pasture, fencing, breeding and health needs of your sheep. The recording of this webinar started approximately 29 minutes before the presentation, so slide the player bar at the bottom of the Elluminate window ahead 29 minutes to skip over the pre-presentation preparation.

» Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy (March 2013)

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Carol Delaney, M. S., small ruminant dairy specialist and author of The Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy presents the framework for running a commercial dairy goat operation. The webinar covers planning, livestock considerations, budgeting, record keeping, time management and marketing. Formerly with the University of Vermont Department of Animal Science and Extension, 1998-2008, Carol now works as a farmer grant specialist for Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and as a small ruminant consultant. Download a pdf of the presentation slides.


Marketing

» Building Your Online Presence (June 2010)

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University of Nebraska Extension Educator Connie Hancock discusses strategies to manage the constant flow of information and content as you connect with a larger on-line audience. This webinar covers strategies for engaging customers in on-line and in-person conversations that will enhance their connection to your farm and build their loyalty to your products.

» CSA Primer

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Community Supported Agriculture continues to be a burgeoning movement for small-scale, sustainable farms. As the number of farms using this marketing model increase, so do the many variations of the CSA farm. This webinar features presentations from Jean Hamilton, NOFA Vermont's Market Development and Consumer Access Coordinator, Joe Buley of Screamin' Ridge Farm and the Central VT Food Hub, and Christa Alexander from Jericho Settlers Farm. Jean provides an overview of the CSA model, highlighting innovations made by Vermont farmers. Joe talks about the Central Vermont Food Hub, a unique CSA that offers products from various farms, both fresh and prepared. Christa describes how Jericho Settlers' year-round CSA operates.

» Direct Markets: Pricing for Profit (February 2012)

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Learn how to set the "right" price for your products. We'll explore practical approaches to cost-based pricing, and learn how to integrate market information -- what your competitors are charging -- and your own profit goals in your pricing decisions. Participants will learn how to use the new, online Vermont Direct Price Reporting tool to get a snapshot of market conditions, and growers will share their approaches to integrating production costs, market information and farm goals into their pricing strategies. Participants in this webinar will be eligible for small-group pricing clinics and farmer-to-farmer mentoring in March through the UVM Extension Vermont Direct Market Price Project.

» Fine Food from the Farm (December 2010)

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Join Phyllis Trier to explore and understand common considerations when developing a specialty food product from your farm. Identifying your target market, developing your recipes for larger production, pricing and packaging, licensing, insurance, and cash flow needs will all impact your ability to get your product to market. Trier will cover key factors you should research about your specialty food idea before launching into production. Trier is the founder and former president of Bittersweet Pastries, an award winning wholesale, food service, mail order frozen dessert company. She has worked with food service distributors, brokers, sales reps, chefs, and specialty markets. Her work has given her experience in all aspects of product development, marketing, and sales. Download the Fine Food from the Farm presentation

» Managing Food Safety Risks in Agritourism (December 2011)

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Understanding the latest in food safety is essential for farmers who are planning to directly market their products. This webinar will present the latest in food safety and food-based risk management issues specifically aimed at those involved in agritourism. Whether you are a farmer new to agritourism, or are seeking to expand your agritourism operations, the webinar will provide up-to-date information, best practices, and future directions in risk management and food safety. Presenters include Ben Amsden, of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, Lisa Chase, Natural Resources Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and Director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center, and Londa Nwadike, Food Safety Specialist with the University of Vermont.

» Price Your Product for Profit (February 2010)

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Pricing your product(s) is one of the most critical decisions you will make on the road to profitability. In this interactive session we'll explore the nuts and bolts of what goes into pricing your products, how to calculate your break-even point, and how to adjust your prices without losing your customers. Please bring your questions, your success stories, and your calculators. Presented by Mary Peabody, UVM Extension. Also available: Pricing for Profit Presentation (PDF); From Cash Records to Cost of Production Fact Sheet (PDF); and Selling Strategies for Local Producers (PDF).

» Marketing to Restaurants (March 2010)

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For many farmers the opportunity to sell directly to restaurants provides the perfect marketing opportunity. In order to improve your chances of a successful relationship there are some important issues that you should consider. Join Mary Peabody, UVM Extension and representatives of the Vermont Fresh Network for an overview of how to determine if selling to restaurants is a good marketing option for your farm. Also available: "Is Selling to Restaurants Right for Me? Assessment.

» Selling to Regional Markets: How Vermont Farmers Sell Directly Out of State (May 2014)

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Are you a farmer interested in selling regionally? Have you thought about driving to Boston or New York to sell your products? Do you want to learn about a few different options for accessing regional markets through direct sales? Learn from two farmers about selling directly meat, vegetables, and value added products to New York City. We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to access regional markets. Amanda Andrews, co-owner of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Burlington, VT, will talk about selling vegetables and meat in New York City through a farmers market and small CSA and Diane St. Clair, owner of Animal Farm, in Orwell, VT will discuss selling value added dairy products to regional markets.

» Social Media Strategies for Farms (May 2012)

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Facebook...Twitter...Linked In...Four Square.... They can be effective ways to connect with your community....Or they can be a huge waste of your time and energy. How can you use social media to build a supportive community online and in-person? Public relations expert Rachel Carter explains how to develop a strategy for building a community of champions for your farm. Whether you are a farmer, a farm-based educator, or an Extension educator, this webinar provides guidance for creating a strategy to use social media effectively and manage related risks. Hosted by: Lisa Chase, Jessie Schmidt, Ben Amsden, and Erica Curry, University of Vermont Extension, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships, and the Farm-Based Education Association.


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» Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses (March 2011)

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This presentation will focus on hiring and managing employees, handling on-farm work stays, internships, and volunteer labor. Legal distinctions between interns and employees, as well as the fine line separating independent contractors from employees will be discussed. Other topics to be covered include worker's compensation, unemployment, H2A visas, wage & hours statutes, worker accommodations and workplace safety. Presented by Law for Food founder Kenneth Miller, who provides legal support specifically tailored to meet the business and legal needs of small-scale farmers and food entrepreneurs. Download the Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm Businesses Presentation.

» Land Access for Beginning Farmers Part 2 Webinar (March 2011)

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Learn about the many variables that should be considered when assessing farms, land, and farm infrastructure for rental or purchase. This webinar also cover some important land use regulations and state programs, such as the Current Use Program, that can affect tenure for beginning farmers. Finally, hear about existing programs and services in Vermont that can assist you with developing farm tenure arrangements and support you while you establish your farm enterprises. Presenters: Ben Waterman coordinates the Land Access Program at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and provides free consulting services to land owners and farmers on natural resource management, farm enterprise start-up, farmland conservation, land use regulations and farmland tenure. Currently he is working to renew a program called Land Link Vermont which matches farm seekers with owners of farm assets looking for farmers. He works closely with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project to develop educational resources for small farmers in start-up stages. Kathy Ruhf is co-director of Land For Good, a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in working land access and farm succession. She has worked for over two decades on beginning farmer and farmland tenure issues. She also coordinates the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Kathy lives in western Massachusetts. Download the Land Access for Beginning Farmers-Part 2 Presentation.

» Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations (April 2011)

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A presentation by Vermont Agency of Agriculture Meat Inspection Program Cheif Randy Quenneville. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu. You may also want to download the following documents:

  • Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations in Vermont presentation PDF, created by Randy Quenneville, VT Meat Inspection Program Chief. This document covers the gambit from commercial and custom slaughter and processors, wholesalers, retailers and small farm operations. It explains the current regulations with regard to different species and markets, including poultry slaughter requirements. It also also reviews state labeling guidelines and where to learn more if you plan to move to USDA approved slaughter and labeling. The document was developed in support of the Livestock Slaughter and Meat Labeling Regulations in Vermont webinar, presented by Randy Quenneville on April 28, 2011, recorded and archived on the UVM Extension New Farmer Project website.
  • Fact Sheet Vermont Slaughter Inspection and Licensing Requirements for Meat Producers. This April 2011 fact sheet matches markets (farmers market, CSA, on-farm sales, restaurants, grocery stores, and out-of-state) with the slaughter requirements in Vermont for different meat species . Laid out in a table matrix, it is easy to find the information that applies to your specific livestock operation.
  • Vermont Meat and Poultry Labeling and Packaging Requirements. Avoid a costly mistake by reading this fact sheet before printing labels for your meat products. The information will help you determine what is and is not allowed on your label and who needs to review and approve your label before use. Published April 2011.
» Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms (February 2011)

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Consumer concern about food safety and food borne illnesses as they relate to fresh, whole produce has increased greatly in the last five years. Many farmers are left wondering how much these concerns apply to their farming operation. Ginger Nickerson, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Outreach Coordinator at UVM's Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Hans Estrin, UVM Extension Farm to School Coordinator, provides an overview of why new farmers should be thinking about food safety, issues to consider as you plan your operation for the long term, and whether you need to undergo a GAPs Audit or not. Hans Estrin answers specific questions about selling to schools or hospitals. Ginger Nickerson provides technical assistance and educational support to produce growers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and food safety through the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Ginger has worked as a field hand on a wide range of farms and has a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan. Hans Estrin is a co-founder of the Windham Farm and Food Network or WFFN (www.windhamfarmandfood.org) , and Local Food Network Coordinator for UVM Extension. Hans helps Windham County farms write food safety plans, and is coordinating Practical Food Safety workshops for Vermont farmers in late winter 2011. Download the Practical Food Safety for Produce Farms Presentation (PDF of slide set)

Other Food Safety Resources:

The Cornell University Good Agricultural Practices Network for Education and Training (GAPsNET) at http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/

The University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Good Agricultural Practices For Produce Growers Program at http://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/?Page=gaphome.html

» Raw Milk (September 2011)

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Part 1: Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont. Jared Carter of Rural Vermont will outline the options and legal requirements established under the 2009 Raw Milk Law, focused on Tier 1 sales of up to 50 quarts of milk per day. Topics covered include animal health and milk handling requirements; bottling and labeling requirement; and customer relations and record keeping. Vermont Agency of Agriculture Dairy and Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe changes to state statute in 2011 and share updated guidelines for educational classes. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program.

Part 2: Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling. Direct marketing unpasteurized milk to consumers brings both opportunity and liability to farm businesses. VT Agency of Agriculture Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe proper milk testing, cooling and sanitation procedures to maximize milk quality and safety for farmers producing and selling raw milk under the 2009 Raw Milk Law. Resources about milk quality and a farm insurance liability checklist from Co-Operative Insurance will also be available to help you protect the health of your farm. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program.

» Tax Time Techniques for Beginning Farmers (Jan. 2011)

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Be ahead of the curve this year, and learn what you need to know about filing taxes for your farm business before March rolls around! Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist delves into the federal tax code as it applies to farm businesses. Wondering about depreciation, deductions, and Schedule F forms? Do you know where to go to learn more, get the right forms, and find help? This webinar will answer common questions about filing federal income taxes for farmers and help you find the resources you need to file accurately and on time. Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 and now works with farmers on financial management and business planning. Dennis has taught business management courses to farmers since 1994. Download the Tax Time Techniques Slide Set

Following are links to resources referenced during the webinar.