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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

Day Event

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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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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Introduction to Ag Financial Management Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Various Vermont Locations
Description: 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.
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
Register online: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html
For more questions, email Jessie Schmidt: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu

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Thursday, January 31, 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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Soil and Nutrition Conference: Putting Principals into Practice

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. The focus of this year’s conference is applying practical management strategies on the farm from principles of biological soil fertility. The lead speaker is John Kempf from Middlefield, OH, with Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson as co-panelists.

Location: First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton, MA
Register by January 17, 2013, and pay the early registration fee of $150.
With John Kempf of Advancing Eco-Agriculture; Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association, and Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm
Sponsored by NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association

Contact: Ben Grosscup at 413-658-5374 or e-mail ben.grosscup@nofamass.org.
www.nofamass.org/events/soil-and-nutrition-conference-putting-principles-practice

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Agronomy Plus for Farmers and Service Providers

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Johnsbury, 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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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Friday, February 1, 2013

QuickBooks at VFVC Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: These sessions are specifically geared towards anyone unfamiliar with using this type of software to track their finances and will be driven by the participants' needs. Great class for small business owners, producers or anyone generating their own revenue!
Contact Heidi Krantz for more information hkrantz@vtsbdc.org

Register here: vermontfoodventurecenter.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa77052207f8760bb6414d07a&id=0b5ae2652e&e=c015fb76bb

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Junior Iron Chef

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: Join Vermont FEED and the Burlington School Food Project for the most inspiring, fun and wildly alive culinary event of the year! Jr Iron Chef VT is a cooking competition for middle and high school students from all across Vermont that should not be missed. Teams of 3-5 students each have 90 minutes to create a dish using seasonal, local foods that is also delicious, nutritious, AND can be served in school cafeterias.
Website: www.jrironchefvt.org/
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St
Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Cost: $3-$5 Contact: Libby McDonald Contact Email: libby@nofavt.org Contact Phone: 802-434-4122

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Introduction to Permaculture Design Deadline

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: The UWW Permaculture Course is a three credit semester-long online course that offers students a foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications. The framework behind the theory and practice of permaculture is rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to restore the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world(s) around them, and then goes on to provide students with the tools needed to design for inspired and positive change.
Enrollment open now for UWW 397P Introduction to Permaculture Design, Spring 2013! This course is part of the online Sustainability Studies program at the University Without Walls, housed at UMASS-Amherst. It can be taken by non-degree seeking students and matriculated students. This online format is unique opportunity for people that:
+ work full time
+ live somewhere that permaculture is not being offered
+ have challenging schedules for taking time off to enroll in an in-person 72-hour course
To register click here:
www.umassulearn.net/classes/spring-2013?view=class&clid=10739

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Monday, February 4, 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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Management for High-Quality Organic Wheat and Ancient Grain Production in the Northeast,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Presented by David Crowder, Washington State University. This webinar will outline the potential for climate change to affect insect communities, and their interactions with plants, in cropping systems. Topics covered will include the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the functioning of agricultural ecosystems, and the role of organic farming practices in mitigating negative effects of climate change. The webinar will primary be targeted towards researchers and eXtension subscribers. Register at www.extension.org/pages/66899

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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, February 5, 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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Wednesday, February 6, 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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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester, NH
Description: This two-day meeting that precedes the 2013 New Hampshire Grazing Conference will be filled with workshops, discussions, and speakers on topics ranging from the economics of confinement vs. grazing operations, bedded pack, current research, and much more.
CONTACT: Jim Cropper at jbcropper@yahoo.com
Radisson Hotel- Manchester, VT

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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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Vermont Entrepreneurship Week Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier
Description: A day of events throughout Montpelier's capital district! From speakers to opportunities to speak to legislators to exhibitions. For more information, vermontentrepreneur.org/entrepreneur-week-events

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Continuous and Efficient Production through Winter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Natick, MA
Description: February 7, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA
Instructor: Jean-Claude Bourrut and Jill Shea
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/type/winter

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RAW MILK MEETING FOR RAW MILK PRODUCERS WITH RURAL VERMONT

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph Ctr, VT
Description: Regional raw milk meetings for raw milk producers of all sizes to get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections; provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law; and to network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers. Bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch. (If you're not already a member of Rural Vermont, you can join in advance at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling 802-223-7222.)

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Raw Milk Meetings

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Several Locations in VT
Description: Rural Vermont is hosting several regional RAW MILK MEETINGS for farmers to:
-Get support in preparation for Agency of Agriculture raw milk dairy inspections
-Provide feedback about potential improvements and changes to the raw milk law
-Network, socialize, and share a meal with other raw dairy farmers
When & where:
Thurs, Jan 31st – Hinesburg (Burlington area)
Thursday, February 7th – Randolph Center (central VT)
Thursday, February 21st – South Wheelock (Northeast Kingdom)
Wednesday, March 13th – Poultney (Rutland County)
March date TBD – Townshend (southeastern VT)
More details:
All meetings are from 11am – 3pm with potluck lunch
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5 for all else*
RSVP required for exact location & directions:
shelby@ruralvermont.org or (802) 223-7222

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Using QuickBooks Reports Training plus One-on-One Coaching

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Holyoke, MA
Description: Amy Grabowski of Fiscal Training Solutions will teach this Quickbooks reporting workshop that will enable users to get more comfortable with Quickbooks reporting so that you can get the most information out fo your data. Sponsored by CISA www.buylocal.org
Holyoke Community College. Kittredge Center 303 Homestead Ave. Room KC222

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Farm Systems for Harvesting Food Every Season

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, MA
Description: NOFA-MA
Simple Gifts Farm, North Amherst, MA
Instructor: Jeremy Barker-Plotkin
For more info: www.nofamass.org/events/farm-systems-harvesting-food-every-season

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

NESAWG's It Takes a Region Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saratoga, NY
Description: This conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system. We can build upon our "thousand points of local" to achieve optimal scale, location, variety and supply for all communities and all supply chain participants.

If you were previously registered for the conference (originally scheduled for Oct. 28th-30th, and rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy), you can re-register by contacting Betsy Johnson by email or phone -- 413-301-5387.

For more information- www.nefood.org/

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Leasing Your Land to a Farmer

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: There is a growing need for affordable land for new and expanding farmers in Vermont. Farming on land held by non-farmers can be a win-win opportunity for owners and farmers. This informational session will help private landowners better understand how to make their land available for farming and maintain positive arrangements with farmer-tenants. It will also help community groups to better understand how they can support farmland leasing in their communities.
Please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 to register, or for more information. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu by February 4, 2013 so we may assist you. UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.
A panel will discuss these topics:

* Assessing your land and understanding farmer-tenants’ needs,
* Crafting a suitable lease for both parties,
* Legal, financial, tax, insurance, liability and other considerations,
* How community organizations and neighbors work together,
* Finding a farmer and maintaining good communications,
* And provide resources for landowners including a new handbook, “Leasing to a Farmer.”

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Monday, February 11, 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.
For more info: nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-104-financial-records/

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Practical Produce Safety: Write a Produce Safety Plan for Your Farm

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Weathersfield, VT
Description: PRACTICAL FOOD SAFETY WORKSHOP
Feb. 12, 8:30-4, Martin Memorial Hall and Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield VT.
More and more produce buyers are asking the farms they buy from if they have a farm food safety plan. UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture is offering a day-long hands-on workshop on writing a farm safety for small and diversified fruit and vegetable farmers who market directly and locally. This is a great chance to get your farm manager/crew leaders trained in on-farm produce safety practices.
You will leave this workshop with a concise plan for you, your customers, and your employees. Cost: $30 or $15 per person if more than one person is coming from one farm.
Registration deadline: Feb. 5. Call Cheryl with a credit card at 802-656-5459, or on-line: vermontpracticalfoodsafetyplan.eventbrite.com/# or print and mail: www.uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture/Documents/PFSRegistrationFeb13.pdf
To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu, by February 1 so we may assist you.

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Filing a Schedule F: Tax Preparation for Farmers Webinar

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

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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Wednesday, February 13, 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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Thursday, February 14, 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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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Vermont - BTV
Description: Save the Date! The 31st Annual Winter Conference, "Generations of Innovations" will take place February 16 & 17, 2013.
For more information: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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Planning for Profit with Richard Wiswall!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth, NH
Description: Vermont grower and author Richard Wiswall teaches planning, office management and financial tips for success. You will leave with a comprehensive road map for planning your farm's production; systems to determine profit centers on your farm; budgets for different farm enterprises; simple, effective office management skills and tips to address common business mistakes.
For more information: sbfnh.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ea72f6b71384912ad8f245a95&id=3a5141251d&e=b39cb6783a

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Ten Month Salad Greens on a Small Piece of Land

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: North Brookfield, MA
Description: Sponsored by NOFA-MA
Kittredge Farm , North Brookfield, MA
Instructor: Dan Kittredge
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/ten-month-salad-greens-small-piece-land

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taking Stock Early Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For people with five or more years in business.
Upcoming Sessions: March 6, 3, & 20 2013 from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Berlin.
Taking Stock addresses issues that tend to arise in businesses that have been up and running for awhile and could benefit from a progress check. More Taking Stock course information.
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm. Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100. Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135.
Register or get more information: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/taking_stock.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

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Winter Northeast Hops Conference

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Description: WINTER HOPS CONFERENCE
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT.
Interested in growing hops or purchasing local hops? Join the annual hops conference to learn about hop fertility and irrigation management as well as important handling principles from proper harvest timing and drying to quality preservation techniques. Local brewers will teach about how hop quality preservation impacts beer quality and taste. Learn about the current UVM Extension hopyard research results including varietal differences, yields, hop pests, and brewing quality.
CONTACT: Heather Darby or Rosalie Madden at 802-524-6501 or register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=hopsconference.html by Feb. 8.

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