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Friday, February 22, 2013

Food Labeling for Food Producers and Processors

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Register online: foodlabeling2013.eventbrite.com/

Location: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
Registration fee: $10/ participant. Includes course materials and light refreshments
State and federal food labeling requirements can be very confusing for food producers and processors. This seminar will help to clarify regulations for the food products most commonly sold by Vermont food producers and processors. The information required by law to be on food labels will be explained, as well as other items such as UPC codes and label claims. A brief overview of nutritional labeling will also be provided.
Handouts outlining the information covered in the presentation will be provided. In addition to the presenter, Department of Health officials will be available for questions.

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Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Producing Greens for Winter CSA

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hamilton, MA
Description: First Light Farm, Hamilton, MA
Instructor: Mike Raymond
Presented by NOFA-VT
For more information: www.nofamass.org/events/producing-greens-winter-csa

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 VERMONT DAIRY PRODUCERS' CONFERENCE

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: South Burlington, VT
Description: Sheraton Burlington Conference Center 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT
Speakers include Mike Hutgens and Norm St. Pierre, and the day will feature talks on prices, trends and ways to improve the bottom line for Vermont’s dairy producers.
CONTACT: To register, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/dairyconference , or contact Peggy Manahan at Peggy.manahan@uvm.edu or 1-800-639-2130 with any questions.
COST: $25 by Feb. 8, $45 after Feb. 8, $65 at the door

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Description: This conference and trade show will include twenty-six workshops, covering agri-tourism, strategic marketing, using social media, financial planning, and lots more, will provide growers with tools to increase their sales in today’s competitive marketplace. Keynote speakers include Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cabot Creamery who will share some marketing tips and ways to grow customers when you have little time and money. Retail marketing expert Bob Burke will speak on “The Dynamics of Food Trends in the Northeast.” A general session will feature a facilitated discussion with the agricultural chiefs/commissioners from New England, including DAR Commissioner Gregory Watson. Registration is $90 and $75 for additional representatives from the same farm. Click here for more information and to register.
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St, Sturbridge MA

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Financial Training: Managing for Profit

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to increase the profitability of local farmers and producers who supply Intervale Food Hub and other food hubs in Vermont. The training will include new tools and resources that will show farmers how to benchmark their operations against others with similar operations. Producers who are improving their financial record keeping skills as well as those who already have good records will benefit from this hands-on workshop that will demonstrate:

· Effective benchmarking – a new tool that will provide a comparison to “best in class” producers to learn how they maintain profitability year after year, in particular when they supply new markets such as Food Hubs

· The One Page Financial Plan – using an innovative five-line income statement to focus on how to achieve economic efficiency, lower overhead costs, and increase profits

· Managing from Your Financials – goal-based planning that establishes a mindset of working towards sustainable profit rather than taking whatever is left when the season is done

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Listen Sessions with VT Agency of Agriculture

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations
Description: Do you have an idea that could improve the bottom line of farms in Vermont? Is there something you think the state should or should not be doing to help farmers? Here is you opportunity to discuss your ideas and concerns with Chuck Ross, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be holding a series of listening sessions throughout the state to hear and discuss what’s on the mind of farmers. Each session will include a brief presentation on the agricultural sectors recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and steps we can each take to be better prepared for the next event. After the presentation, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session about how the state and specifically the Agency of Agriculture can address the issues facing farms today. The sessions will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the following locations:
Vergennes: Friday, February 22nd at the Vergennes Opera House
Poultney: Thursday, February 28th at Green Mountain College, Withy Hall
Morrisville: Friday, March 8th at the Morristown Town Offices
Randolph: Wednesday, March 20th at Vermont Technical College Red Schoolhouse
Springfield: Friday, March 22nd at the state office building conference room

If you would like more information or directions to a specific site please contact Ken Hafner, Agricultural Recovery Specialist, at 802 272 0822or via email at ken.hafner@state.vt.us .

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