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Friday, November 16, 2012

Ag Literacy Week

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vermont-wide
Description: The NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors, and many of their colleagues in the professions of agriculture and related services, are excited to work towards an “agricultural literacy” in our state.
NOFA-VT is partnering with educational professionals and their institutions who are interested in this movement, to join together for “Agricultural Literacy Week”- a dedicated week of activities focused on agriculture. This is the first year for this endeavor and will occur November 12-16, 2012. Many schools, libraries, and community groups may have or will develop their own unique activities for this week, however the regional NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentors can provide resources and help develop meaningful activities.

Contact Email: abbie@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122
Website: nofavt.org/programs/farm-community-mentors#mentors

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Capital City's Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers Market

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier High School, VT
Description: It's the largest market of the year for the Capital City Farmers market - 49 vendors. Get all your ingredients for your localvore Thanksgiving meal, plus prepared foods and crafts for the holidays. Door prizes every half hour.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Agriculture Supported Community

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Josh Slotnick is a farmer and professor at the University of Montana's PEAS Farm. Josh will speak on the intersections of food, farming, community, environment, and education, and how they all work together to create a better world. He will discuss both the nitty gritty of how the PEAS farm model might help the Middlebury college farm grow, and also how he has seen the PEAS farm become more than just a space for agriculture. After farming for 15 years, and managing the UM PEAS farm as a community space, he has much to share on how agriculture can support community! The PEAS farm has become one of Missoula's community spaces and icons-- come hear Josh share his lessons!
Middlebury College BiCentennial Hall ROOM 104Middlebury, VT, 05753
Cost: Free
Contact: Katie Michels
Contact Email:
kmichels@middlebury.edu

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Barley Fodder Feeding for Organic Dairies

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Organic dairy farmer John Stoltzfus has worked over the past few years to perfect his method of growing barley fodder on his New York farm. In this webinar, he and Fay Benson of Cornell University will discuss the benefits and challenges of growing and feeding fodder to dairy animals. Other animals (from horses to chickens) also have benefited from the practice and their owners may be able to adopt the principals addressed in this webinar.
Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/292906473

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Where are the Grants? NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo 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. Where are the Grants? Funding Strategies for the New Farm with Mary Peabody, Community Resources & Economic Development Specialist, UVM Extension.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Building a Sustainable Business Registration Deadline

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For start-ups to five years in business
Upcoming sessions: Dec. 5, 12, & 19 and January 9, 16, & 23 (January 30 reserved for snowdate) from 1-4 pm in Berlin, Middlebury, Morrisville, and White River Junction.
Sessions will be held simultaneously in all three locations using a combination of distance technology and on-site instructors.

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farm businesses. Most useful for people who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own. Offered at multiple locations in Vermont. More Building a Sustainable Business course information and registration materials: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/basb.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

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No Kid Left Behind Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier, VT
Description: Noble Hall - Vermont College
It's no secret that value-added agricultural processing is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Northeast Kingdom's economy. That's why NVDA is one of the proud sponsors of "NO KID LEFT BEHIND" a symposium on the challenges and solutions for bringing more value to Vermont's dairy goat farms. On a typical dairy goat farm, 80% of all kids are sold as a commodity, adding very little to the farm's bottom line.This symposium provides a structured and strategic conversation with producers, processors, distributors, funders, chefs, and the agricultural community in general.
Chevon (goat meat) presents a critical opportunity to bring more value to Vermont's dairy farms. The event will spend a good deal of time discussing this opportunity.
There is no fee to attend, but reservations are recommended. Contact Shirley Richardson Shirley@vermontchevon.com (802) 535-4110. Feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested in the future of dairy goat farming in Vermont. www.vermontchevon.com

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

CLOSING THE LOCAL CAPITAL LOOP: Financing the working landscape

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Middlebury American Legion
Description: On Nov. 29, 2012, businesses connected to the working landscape will have the opportunity to meet with service providers, capital providers, and their fellow entrepreneurs for a day of networking, discussion, and education. Maple syrup producers, farmers, food manufacturers, woodworkers, and other regional business owners can explore ways to energize their plans and grow their businesses.
Advance registration runs through Nov. 8 at $25 ($15 for students), and increases to $30/$20 on Nov. 9. To register by mail, please make your check payable to “ACORN” with your name, business and contact information and mail it to: PO Box 65, Middlebury, VT 05753.
For more information: acornvt.org/2012/10/fwl-2012/

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cheese, Butter, Yogurt-Making Class

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bethel, VT
Description: Learn how to make soft cheeses, butter and yogurt in your own kitchen using farm fresh milk. Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs or other flavors to our final product. The class will include a handout with instructions. Products such as cheese and yogurt culture, cheese cloth, citric acid, and farm fresh milk will be for sale.
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Bethel, VT (Randolph mailing address)
Cost: $40 per person
Pre-Registration required: space limited to 15 people.
For more information: Contact Lisa McCrory, Phone: 234-5524 or Email: lmccrory@hughes.net
visit our website: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SBA Loan Clinics

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online.
Description: After preparing a business plan, the next step for many small business is obtaining financing. Join the VT Small Business Administration to learn about SBA’s lending role and how an SBA loan can benefit your business. The clinics will help you prepare a loan application, learn lender credit requirements for loan approval, find sources of capital to start or grow your business, understand loan interest rates, terms, amounts, and collateral requirements, and how to approach a lender to improve your chances for approval by knowing what they are looking for. You can join from 9;:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. To learn how to participate, go to www.sba.gov/content/montpelier-sba-loan-clinics-0. For more information, call (802) 828-4422 or email Vallerie.Morse@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/vt.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Farmer to Farmer Advanced Conference on High Tunnel Growing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT
Description: University of Vermont Extension, NOFA Vermont and the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association are presenting a two day conference on high tunnel growing on December 5-6, 2012. This program is intended for commercial growers, with lots of opportunity to interact and learn from each other over two days.
Program agenda can be found at www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Tunnel_Conference_Dec12.pdf.
The registration fee is $150 and includes meals and breaks, but not lodging. This fee covers the two days of the conference, - there is no single day or other pricing option. Contact Lake Morey Inn to make lodging reservations (802) 333-4311 and mention the conference. Questions? Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension, (802) 257-7967 x303 or vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu.
Register here: vthightunnelcconference.eventbrite.com/#

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Friday, December 7, 2012

One on One Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin UVM Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

National Young Farmers Conference 2012

Time: 1:39 p.m. to 2:39 p.m.
Location: Pocantico Hills, NY
Description: Every December, over 250 young farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the National Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture. On December 12-14, 2012, Stone Barns Center will host the fifth National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 50 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.
For more information: www.stonebarnscenter.org/our-work/young-farmers-initiative/young-farmers-conference/

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Best Practices for Food Safety in Value-Added Foods

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Value-added food producers and processors of all sizes want to produce the safest food possible for their customers and consumers. While not all food producers and processors are legally required to follow specific regulatory requirements due to their size of operation or the type of products they produce, all can and should utilize some basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe food. GMPs are also essential to meeting current and future FDA and USDA food safety requirements, and are a key prerequisite for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs, which are required for certain food products, including meat and poultry, juice, seafood, and some vacuum packed products, and by some food buyers. This webinar will provide an overview of these Good Manufacturing Practices and other related food safety best practices for value-added food producers and processors.
Register: learn.extension.org/events/793
Our presenter will be Dr. Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bovine Milk Fats: A look at Organic Milk

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: eOrgranic has invited Gillian Butler, Newcastle University (UK), to share her research results on fat composition of organic and conventional retail milk in England. In this webinar, she will share some of her results and how they may affect the organic dairy community. Generally organic milk has a ‘better’ fat profile but not in all cases, and there is scope for further improvement.

This program is free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is required: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/439305856

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Reaping the Rewards of Farm Financial Records-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo 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.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Break

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

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Ag Finance Hour

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury Extension Office
Description: Now is a great time to update your financials. “Ag Finance Hour” is a time to sit down with a UVM Extension Farm Business Management specialist, one-on-one, to work on the financial planning, critical to your farm’s success. Meetings last an hour to an hour and a half and are focused on developing balance sheets, cash budgets or completing financial analysis.

Middlebury UVM Extension Office: Fridays: October 5th, November 30th , December 28th

Berlin UVM Extension Office: Fridays: November 2nd; December 7th

There is a $15 registration fee.

Call now to schedule an appointment with Christi Sherlock or Erin Clark 802-223-2389

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

AGRONOMY PLUS FOR FARMERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Morrisville, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful
implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545- 8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful
implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Getting Action from Website Landing Pages!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Thursday, January 10, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Getting Action from Website Landing Pages! with Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop .

Ever wonder why some online businesses seem to have all the luck - well it may not be luck after all! Their content marketing payoff may be because their 'landing pages' encourage the customer to take 'action'. Your landing pages can mean the difference between profit and loss! Learn how to send your customers to the right page and create the appropriate call to action!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Direct Marketing Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Royalton, VT - VT Law
Description: NOFA-VT's Annual Direct Marketing Conference provides networking and educational opportunities for farmers’ market managers and vendors, and farmers marketing through Community Supported Agriculture and farm stands.
Keep an eye out for more info on NOFA's website: nofavt.org/

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Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Three Vermont Locations
Description: Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With three top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances fearlessly. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu, 802-223-2389 x 203.

Dates: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013
Locations: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury
Times: 1-4 pm.

Early registration deadline: Jan. 16. 2013, Cost: $75
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2013, Cost: $100

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Vegetable Farming: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.This 5-week course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.
For more info:
nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-121-veggie-farming-part-2/

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Financial Records: Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitabilit

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: For new farmers with 1-5 years of experience who are seeking to set up or improve their financial record-keeping systems and learn to read their farm’s fiscal health through financial statements.What do you need to do to prepare for operating your business with sound financial information? Every business creates a great number of records in a variety of media. This course will concentrate on financial record-keeping systems. Records can help determine the absolute and relative profitability of the farm business by identifying the strengths and weakness of the business. Only with these records can you see strong points to capitalize on and weak points requiring corrective action, taking decisive action to ensure the long-term success of your farm.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Land Access Info Session

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Peterborough, NH
Description: An educational session to inform people interested in buying, leasing or selling land for the purpose of agriculture in New Hampshire. Designed for all kinds of seekers- good for those who want to start a large-scale commercial farm to simple residentail small-plot homesteaders.

The Mill at Noone Falls. 50 Jaffrey Rd. Peterborough, NH
For more information, contact Land for Good: www.landforgood.org/

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Winter Care of Poultry

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Most poultry can handle cold weather very well as long as they are sheltered from wind and kept dry. To keep hens laying, however, requires light supplementation. In this 60-minute webinar we will be discussing what is involved in keeping poultry productive through the cold weather of winter. The lead instructor is Dr. Jacquie Jacob, an Extension Poultry Specialist for the University of Kentucky.

To connect to the webinar go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry just before 7PM (Eastern) on January 15, 2013.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FARMER INPUT ON REQUIRED WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: White River, VT
Description: Join the conversation and provide input on a federally-required water pollution reduction plan that Vermont must undertake, as well as learn about the practices that Vermont already requires of farmers. Join representatives from Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources and Agency of Agriculture to learn about the current situation and discuss the development of new regulations that will apply to ALL farmers in Vermont.

Contact: Dana Ruppert, WCNRCD Project Director at: dana.ruppert@vt.nacdnet.net or
(802) 254-5323/9766 ex. 104

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Deerfield, MA
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St.
Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Early Registration Deadline for UVM Ext Master Gardener Course

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: **Registration after this date will have a $25 late fee.** On Tuesday evenings from Feb. 4- April 29 (May 6 is a make-up date) UVM Extension will be offering Master Gardener Courses across the state at the following locations: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon. Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston and viz Vermont Interactive Television. It is a non-credit course that covers the basics of home horticulture and topics of Botany, Entomoogy, Plant Diseases, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant Control, and others. Cost: $395. For more information and to register: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=EMGCourseRegistrationOpen.html

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Preparing for Tax Season

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Please join the Vermont Small Business Development Center's Heidi Krantz and our staff in welcoming Donna Sherburne of Northridge Business Solutions as she guides us through a free workshop at the Vermont Food Venture Center. Learn tips from a pro on how to organize your info, and help your tax professional do an accurate and efficient job with your tax preparation in an interactive format.
For questions, contact us via email at hkrantz@vtsbdc.org or via phone at 802-472-5362.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

17TH ANNUAL VT GRAZING & LIVESTOCK CONFERENCE: GLOBAL GRAZING

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Description: 17TH ANNUAL VT GRAZING & LIVESTOCK CONFERENCE: GLOBAL GRAZING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
Featuring keynote speaker Abdon Schmitt, professor at the University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and many local and regional experts including sales coach Fred Ashforth, animal behavior expert Kathy Voth, nutritionist Jeff Mattocks, research results, super networking and much more. Two day-long intensive workshops on Friday and 24 workshops Saturday to choose from.
Discounted attendance for Vermont Grass Farmers Assn. or Vermont Beef Producers Assn. membership. Details at www.uvm.edu/pasture. Sponsorship, advertising and tradeshow opportunities still available.
CONTACT: Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu to learn more.

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Springfield, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover
a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to themeeting date.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow for the Green: CSA School with Michael Kilpatrick

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Claremont, NH
Description: Presenter Michael Kilpatrick will lead you through the elements of designing and maintaining a successful CSA. A panel of local growers will discuss their experiences in running CSAs.

For more information: www.sbfnh.org or beginnerfarmers.org

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Three Vermont Locations
Description: Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With three top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances fearlessly. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Jessie Schmidt at newfarmer@uvm.edu, 802-223-2389 x 203.

Dates: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013
Locations: Middlebury, Berlin and St. Johnsbury
Times: 1-4 pm.

Early registration deadline: Jan. 16. 2013, Cost: $75
Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2013, Cost: $100

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ServSafe

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: $130 for materials, class and test. Class is limited to 8 participants.
Email traci@hardwickagriculture.org

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Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Skills for New Farmers at NY State Producers Expo

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Syracuse, NY
Description:
Beginning and small-scale farmers interested in improving marketing, management and profitability on the farm should be sure to attend the all-day Beginning Farmer session at the 2013 Empire State Producers Expo on Tuesday, January 22 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. Moderated by Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, the day will feature successful growers, Cooperative Extension educators, and ag business owners sharing their experiences and information on the following topics: Planning for Success, Optimizing Equipment Choice and Management, Planning for Profitability on a Diversified Vegetable Farm.
For more information: www.nysvga.org/expo/info

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Derby, VT
Description: Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Sessions will cover
a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm.

CONTACT: To register online and pay by credit card, go to
2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com. +Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St.
Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information. Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Poultry Production: Profiting- Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, Ducks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: The course is for aspiring or beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production, marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. You do not necessarily need to be raising poultry in NYS to benefit from this course.Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

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New Farmer Mixer hosted by RAFFL

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland VT
Description: A New Farmer Mixer hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) will be held at Cafe Terra, 67 Center Street, in Rutland. The mixer is open to aspiring as well as established farmers. Folks getting into dairy, livestock, veggie, fruit and grain, specialty crops are invited as are farm workers/interns and new ag.-based business owners! This mixer will be a great opportunity for networking with other new farmers and people involved in agriculture in the area. The mixer will be a potluck, BYOB. For more information, contact Garland Mason, Garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org, 802-417-1528.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

NOFA - NY Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Description: This year's theme is Resiliance! See website for more details-
www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

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WINTER GREEN-UP GRASS-FED GRAZING CONFERENCE

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Century House, Latham, NY
Description: The fifth annual conference will feature learning opportunities around custom grazing, low-cost, frost-free watering, animal and human health, grass-fed beef and dairy, and pasture lambing. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County.
CONTACT: Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or visit www.ccealbany.com.
$160 for both days, lunch included.

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Regulations for Selling Safe Canned Goods

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Description: UVM Extension brings this useful workshop to the Brattleborro office. Registration is $10, and includes materials and lunch.
Presented by Londa Nwadike, PhD, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist.
Designed for anyone who sells canned goods.
For more information: www.uvm.edu/extension/food/?Page=food_safety.html

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Getting Started in Organic Farming

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: East Hartford, CT
Description: Each year in midwinter, CT NOFA holds a conference intended to help 50-60 aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. The 2013 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference will feature a variety of excellent presenters with decades of combined farming experience. This conference draws both beginning farmers who choose to farm organically and established farmers who are converting their operations to organic. A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers (less than 10 years of farming experience) who would otherwise have difficulty attending. This event filled up completely last year, so make sure to sign up early!
Goodwin College 1 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT, 06118
Cost: $40 CT NOFA members; $50 non-members
Website: ctnofa.org/events/Getting%20Started/2013_getting_started_conference_page.html
Contact: Melissa Gabso Contact Email: melissa@ctnofa.org Contact Phone: 203.888.5146

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New Farmer Mixer!

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT

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Monday, January 28, 2013


VERMONT VEGETABLE AND BERRY GROWERS ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEETING:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: Payment must be received by January 24 at 5 pm, either on-line or by mail (see below) The registration fee includes morning coffee break and a hot lunch buffet. $40 for VVBGA members; $50 for all others (add $10 for walk-in registration)
Register here: vvbgamembership.eventbrite.com/#

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Vegetable Farming: From Season-Long Care to Harvest

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.This 5-week course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.
For more info:
nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-121-veggie-farming-part-2/

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Financial Records: Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitabilit

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: For new farmers with 1-5 years of experience who are seeking to set up or improve their financial record-keeping systems and learn to read their farm’s fiscal health through financial statements.What do you need to do to prepare for operating your business with sound financial information? Every business creates a great number of records in a variety of media. This course will concentrate on financial record-keeping systems. Records can help determine the absolute and relative profitability of the farm business by identifying the strengths and weakness of the business. Only with these records can you see strong points to capitalize on and weak points requiring corrective action, taking decisive action to ensure the long-term success of your farm.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Holistic Financial Planning: Including Farm Profit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: If you’ve been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in: balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for farmers with at least one season of management experience and some record of their farm’s income and expenses (even if this information is stored on scraps of paper in a shoebox!). This course will move at an intense pace, with time to catch up at the end.
If you have not yet started farming, you are welcome to take the course, but you will need to do extra legwork to research realistic potential expenses and income for your planned enterprises.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/holistic-financial-planning-bf-203/

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Intro to Financial Record Keeping and Good Decision Making

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Description: A specialist from USDA FSA will provide an intro to farm business record keeping and financial management. Laura Meister from Farm Girl Farm will speak about her experience adopting QuickBooks as a managemenet tool for her day to day farm work, and the value it has brought to her business. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Local Food of Western Massachusetts
87 N. Hatfield Rd.
Hatfield, MA

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Managing Vegetable Transplants for Success-- NFP Webinar

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: New Farmer Logo 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.

Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.

On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.html&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html

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