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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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.

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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.
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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
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.
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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 +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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Women Business Owners Network’s 2013 Winter Conference

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Essex, VT
Keynote speaker Linda Kelliher, of Kelliher Samets Volk kicks off this annual conference, with a full group workshop titled, “Birthing Your Business Anew in 2013” and breakout sessions, including Renewing for the Season, Navigating the New Year with the Cosmos as your Co-pilot, and Creating Your Best Year Ever. Renew, rest and plan! Located at the Inn at Essex.

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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!
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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,, 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-

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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
$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.
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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
Contact: Melissa Gabso Contact Email: 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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