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Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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 , or contact Peggy Manahan at 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 .

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Friday, March 1, 2013


Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia, NH

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Taking Stock Registration Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online
Description: For people with five or more years in business, 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.
Upcoming Sessions: March 6, 3, & 20 2013 from 10 am to 3:30 pm in Berlin.
Early registration deadline: February 20, 2013, Cost: $100.
Registration deadline: March 1, Cost: $135

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Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: VERMONT ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE Judd Gymnasium, Vermont Technical College. UVM Extension and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) are teaming up to offer this conference which will focus on managing organic dairies in the face of feed cost and weather extremes. Keynote addresses will include experiences with transitioning the farm to certified organic production, building soil fertility, pasture irrigation, and other drought management techniques, as well as on managing dairy nutrition under feeding cost and weather extremes. The conference will also include updates on recent organic dairy research and farmer panels on feeding molasses, and growing and feeding annual forages to enhance and extend the grazing season.
CONTACT: To register, go to , or contact Peggy Manahan at or 1-800-639-2130 with any questions.

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Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process TrainingenFarmers and Ranchers Claims Process

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Informational Advocate Webinar Trainings, offered by the Farmer's Legal Action Group (FLAG). Agenda: 30 minute claims process overview and 30 minutes of Q&A. Designed for individuals or advocates interested in helping potential claimants. Go to> Meeting ID S4632C.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013


Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Laconia, NH
Description: Laconia Middle School, Laconia, NH
NOFA-NH is using this year’s conference to cultivate the resilience and health of New Hampshire’s local food system, under the theme Resilience/Growing a Resilient Community. Fri. 3/1 features intensive farmer workshops, keynote, and a beginning farmer mixer. Sat. 3/2 will offer a workshops, a “green market fair,” book signings & a potluck.
CONTACT: Jo Russavage, Conference Coordinator at (508) 330-1034

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NOFA-CT Winter Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wilton, CT
Description: The 2013 Winter Conference brings into focus the challenges for farmers, gardeners and consumers of adjusting to climate change. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming and celebrate local food.
This year's keynote, David W. Wolfe Ph.D., is the Faculty Fellow and Chair of the Climate Change Focus Group, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology, Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.

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Producing for Various Winter Greens Markets

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: South Egremont, MA
Description: Indian Line Farm, South Egremont, MA
Instructors: Elizabeth Keen and Pete Salinetti
Sponsored by NOFA-MA
For more information:

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Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph, VT
Description: Randolph Technical Career Center, Randolph, VT
This course is designed to prevent farm injury and fatality, show prospective employers you take safety seriously, build your program portfolio, and increase your legal work opportunities. It will include hands-on instruction for tractors and farm machinery
operation, hazard recognition and correction, general farm safety knowledge , and help to cultivate a strong safety attitude At the end of the program, participants will take a written test and a driving test for National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation certification.
While the certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14-19, working in agriculture.
CONTACT: Kristen Mullins at (802) 656-2034 or email at: To register, visit

MAR. 2, 9, 23, APR. 13
(participants must attend all sessions to test for certification)
COST: $60, which includes all sessions, lunches, materials, and the testing fee.

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Monday, March 4, 2013


Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Middlebury, VT
Description: American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd, Middlebury
Connect feed and manure and production for the best use of nutrients and inputs. Dan Hudson and Tony Kitsos of UVM Extension will cover balancing nutrient use for optimal production in the field and in the bulk tank, and for the best economic returns on investments. Jeff Sanders will share an app that is under production to manage nutrient use. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT: Pre-registration required. Please contact Rachel Gilker: at or 518-765-4158.

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