IMPROVING YOUR ORGANIC PRODUCTION UTILIZING
RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Sponsored by:
The NH Dept of Agriculture, Markets & Food, NOFA-NH
UNH Cooperative Extension Services, USDA Risk Management Agency,

Wed., Dec. 8, 2004
9:00 AMĖ 3:45 PM
Universal Unitarian Church
274 Pleasant St. Concord   NH

Developing a risk management plan can benefit all NH organic producers.  This day-long meeting is being offered to
organic crop and livestock producers and processors/handlers of organic foods as an education tool to develop a risk
management plan.  This type of plan involves the farm family in identifying, analyzing and developing strategies to deal
with five interrelated kinds of risk: production, marketing, financial, legal and human resource risks.

An outline of crop and revenue insurance programs will be presented, as well as topics on marketing, soil fertility,
pest control, small farm diversity, and recordkeeping techniques.

Registration and lunch are included in the $15 attendance fee.  Space is limited to 100 participants-
Please submit your registration form as soon as possible.  Checks should be made out to:  NOFA-NH.

For more information contact: Vickie Smith, NHDAMF at 271-3685, or vsmith@agr.state.nh.us.

MEETING AGENDA

8:30-9:00AM- Registration

9:00-9:10AM- Welcome & Opening Remarks- Vickie Smith, NHDAMF

9:10-9:45AM- Outline of Risk Factors, and Crop Insurance Products
                        Mike Sciabarrasi, Agr. Economist, UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham, NH

9:45-10:20AM-    Crop Value Assessment
                        James Gallons, USDA Risk Management Agency, Albany, NY

10:20-10:30AM-   BREAK-Stretch you legs!!

10:30-11:30AM- Pest Control Strategies for reducing crop damage
                        Ruth Hazzard, UMASS Ext. IPM Vegetable Specialist,  Amherst, MA

11:30AM-12PM- Farmers Markets Slideshow-Getting consumers to buy!
                        Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension Educator,  Rockingham Cnty, Brentwood, NH

12-12:45PM-  LUNCH- Catered, offering natural and organic meat & vegetarian fare.

12:45-1:45PM-  Soil Stewardship-Enhancing your soilís fertility
                        Vern Grubinger, UVM Ext. Small Fruit & Vegetable Specialist, UVM, Brattleboro, VT

1:45-2:00PM-  BREAK- Stretch your legs!!

2:00-3:00PM-  The Viability of Small Farm Diversification
                         Juli Brussells, Organic Grain Producer, and New Agr Resource Leader, UNH Cooperative Ext., Durham, NH

3:00-3:30PM-  Good Recordkeeping-itís not just for accountants!
                        Vickie Smith, Agr. Inspector & Organic Program Certification  Coordinator, NHDAMF, Concord, NH

3:30-3:45PM-  CLOSING REMARKS
                        Vickie Smith

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