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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Financial Planning for Farmers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: Caring Dairy of Ben & Jerry's and UVM Extension are pleased to present workshops on financial planning for farmers. Free to farmers and includes lunch.
The workshops will be part discussion to focus on individual questions, but also a straightforward background on the resources and basic information participants need for financial strength. The event will cover:
1. Business Plan overview: what is in a plan and how to write one (overview/intro)
2. Financial Education, Literacy: what are the types of analysis and how can you measure for your own business
3. Overall dairy finance analysis and comparison to industry norms
4. Specific elements of dairy management decisions:
- value added planning - diversification - new technology investment - expansion planning
5. Farm transfer/sale or business sell off planning
The event's program is geared toward dairy farming, but is open to others. Also, we want to point out that for all farmers it is important to think about retirement planning, even when that is not imminent. Retiring with only the farm as an asset, and no plan for transition, may mean the farm must be sold, which may make it inaccessible to many aspiring farmers.

The workshops are meant to be small gatherings, open to groups of about 10. Local accountants, Farm Viability reps, an attorney, and UVM's Farm Transfer Guru Bob Parsons will be presenting.
Space is limited - Please register with Rachel Gilker: 240-441-8044 or rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com

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The Dos and Don'ts of Writing Your Business Plan

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Labeling Your Food Product

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Labeling Your Food Product, Center for an Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, VT

Talk with the pros about layout, printing and producing your food product labels

FREE and open to the public, courtesy of VT Small Business Development Center

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The Dos and Don't of Writing Your Business Plan

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Identifying and Reaching Your Target Audience

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Identifying and Reaching Your Target Audience

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Which agri-business operator, educator or farmer doesn't want to learn more about farm business planning? Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete a business plan are six times more likely than others to build a successful business.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering two free, live video webinars on writing business plans and marketing:
To sign up go to bit.Ly/RCEwebinars or contact Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 or by emailing carleo@njaes.rutgers.edu for more details.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Kingdom Farm and Food Days

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: NEK
Description: SAVE THE DATE August 17 - 18, 2013
For a complete schedule of events visit: kingdomfarmandfooddays.eventbrite.com/
www.kingdomfarmandfood.org/

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Regional Food System Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hardwick, VT
Description: Regional Food System Tour, Hardwick, VT
Contact organizers for exact tour times.
$35/person or $25/CAE members. Email: www.hardwickagriculture.org/contact or call 802-472-5362, ext 214 to register.

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Bounty of the County

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Starksboro, VT
Description: Horse N Rebel, 4118 VT Route 116, Starksboro, VT
Please join us for our second annual celebration of all things Addison County! This year's Bounty of the County will feature a local pig and corn roast, local salads, local beer and cider kegs, local music, and lawn games with local folks. We'll eat, dance and toss horseshoes over at the beautiful barn on Horse N Rebel farm. Bring your friends and family for a fantastic night!
For more information email: lea@acornvt.org

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Monday, August 19, 2013

NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Learning from 1st Year Pasture Irrigati

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Vernon, VT
Description: Learning from First Year Pasture Irrigation
Miller Farm, Vernon, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/learning-first-year-pasture-irrigation

Cost: Members $10; nonmembers $20

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Meat Marketing: Learn What Cuts of Meat Chefs Want

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Northampton, MA
Description: Potpourri Plaza, 243 King Street in Northampton, Conference Room 234-236

Come hear what local chefs are looking for when it comes to local meat. Daniel Martinez from Bistro Les Gras and Jordan Scott from The Gill Tavern will share their thoughts on how farmers can better serve the restaurant community by providing cuts chefs need. This session will be geared toward educating farmers on the needs of the restaurant industry for local beef, pork, lamb, goat and chicken product. Both chefs use locally raised meat on their menu throughout the year and are excited to talk about the current needs in the industry, what cuts work for them and how to maintain a healthy wholesale relationship. We welcome other chefs to attend and meet the farmers. Dinner will be provided; suggested donation for the workshop is $10. Please RSVP by Friday, August 16th to Devon at (413) 665-7100 x22.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FDA Food Saftey Rules Hearings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanover, NH
Description: SAVE THE DATE: FDA Holds Hearings on Food Saftey Rules
In Maine and VT/NH
Produce growers and farms that minimally process food items or aggregate the produce of other farms can learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety rules at two upcoming hearings. The first will be held August 19 at the Augusta (ME) State Armory from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the second in Hanover, NH www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/event/fda-fsma-hearing-nh/

Visit New England Farmers Union's website for summaries of FSMA rules, talking points, as well as instructions on how to comment (www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/food-safety-modernization-act/). The website will also provide up-to-date and detailed information on the hearings. You can also stay up to date by signing up for our blog at www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/blog/ and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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NOFA-VT Summer Workshop: Swede Midge Pest Report

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Swede Midge Pest Report - Trials and Finding at ICF
Intervale Community Farm, Burlington, VT

For more information or to register visit the NOFA-VT website:
nofavt.org/events/swede-midge-pest-report-trials-and-findings-intervale-community-farm

Cost: $10 members; $20 nonmembers

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