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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vermont Dairy Industry Assn. 2014 Fall Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, VT

COST: $65 (plus overnight accommodations at Stoweflake if desired)

Join the Vermont Dairy Industry Association and Vermont Feed Dealers Association for an outstanding line-up of speakers chosen to inform and inspire dairy farmers, industry personnel, and others who interact with the dairy industry in Vermont regarding regulatory issues, consumer perceptions, and business excellence so the dairy industry can succeed in the 21st century. The Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year and Tupper Awards will be presented mid-day on 9/16. (The Annual Meeting of the Vermont Feed Dealers and Manufacturers Association continues until 9/17.)

CONTACT: Alan Curler, 802-498-5711 for more information. Or register at blog.uvm.edu/vdia/files/2014/08/VDIA-Fall-Conf-Invite-Reg-2014-FINAL.pdf

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Processors (Pennsylvania)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: West Chester Cooperative Extension, Government Services Bldg., 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 370, West Chester, PA

COST: $525 ($495 before 8/17)

This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan. This course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training.

Who should attend? Plant management, HACCP coordinators, quality assurance/control personnel, sanitation management, line supervisors, and line operators employed by meat and poultry processing plants as well as other professionals looking to increase their knowledge of HACCP.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/events/hazard-analysis-critical-control-point-programs-for-meat-and-poultry-processors-haccp-/registration-84e0e2ad47014e7ea9212a6955d4b7d8.aspx, or contact 814-865-8301 or toll-free 877-778-2937 or csco@psu.edu with any questions.

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Buying Regional: State Procurement & Purchasing Policies

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=LGXpU9xueyBeNWbydUVqSg

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=LGXpU9xueyBeNWbydUVqSg

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Processors (Pennsylvania)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: West Chester Cooperative Extension, Government Services Bldg., 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 370, West Chester, PA 19380

COST: $525 ($495 before 8/17)

This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan. This course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training.

Who should attend? Plant management, HACCP coordinators, quality assurance/control personnel, sanitation management, line supervisors, and line operators employed by meat and poultry processing plants as well as other professionals looking to increase their knowledge of HACCP.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/events/hazard-analysis-critical-control-point-programs-for-meat-and-poultry-processors-haccp-/registration-84e0e2ad47014e7ea9212a6955d4b7d8.aspx, or contact 814-865-8301 or toll-free 877-778-2937 or csco@psu.edu with any questions.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Grazing, Raw Milk & Organic Certification (MASS-NOFA event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA

COST: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

- Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found athttp://www.sidehillfarm.net/.

- Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at ridgeshinn.com/.

- NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing.

- Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found athttp://www.nofamass.org/programs/raw-milk-network.

- Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification

- Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.

CONTACT: Register at www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Mail_in_Registration_Form.pdf. Or call Registration Coordinator Christine Rainville at 508-572-0816 with any questions.

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Alternative Feed Production on Marginal Soils (NY)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Wild Geese Farm; 8499 Agett Rd., Rushford, NY

COST: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm.

Join Lynn Bliven of Wild Geese Farm and tour her small grain demonstration plots that can be useful feedstuffs for swine and chickens. Learn about Lynn manages her layer hen co-grazing (sheep) system. Aaron Santangelo, Field Crops educator, will lead discussion on growing, harvest, expected yields, testing and storage of grains. We will discuss economics for growing on small scale and how to create a balanced ration. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program.

Lynn Bliven’s 52 acre farm is home to a small herd of beef cattle and a handful of Quarter Horses, a small flock of chickens, along with a growing flock of Shetland Sheep.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 9/16 (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register). Register at nofa.wufoo.com/forms/zlyc0pf01u0ecf/ or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509,

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Making It Work: Efficient Poultry Production & Processing

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Maple Wind Farm, 1147 East Main St., Richmond, VT

COST: $25 NOFA & VGFA members, $50 for non-members

Join NOFA and the Vermong Grass Farmers Association for a look at a diversified pasture-based operation. Maple Wind Farm is a diversified pasture-based farm raising and processing more than 8,000 certified organic and non-organic broiler chickens, 1200 laying hens, and 500 certified organic turkeys. The group will tour the farm and new processing facility and discuss their production system, equipment and infrastructure; challenges to profitable poultry management; and how to improve efficiency. The workshop will be followed by a cooking demo and tasting.

CONTACT: www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD or contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 with any questions.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Policy Gaps & Needs in Meat, Poultry & Seafood Processing

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=sqi6MrgZppdgWpCLNcRskg

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=sqi6MrgZppdgWpCLNcRskg

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Growing Grains in Massachusetts

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alprilla Farm, Essex, MA

COST: $25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

Have you ever still been hungry after eating a big, homegrown salad and wished that you grew something more…substantial? Grains and beans can be grown and harvested at any scale to add diversity to your dinner table, CSA share, farm stand, and crop rotation.

Come to Alprilla Farm to learn how we grow and process wheat, barley, flint corn, popcorn, and dry beans as part of a soil building, organic crop rotation with vegetables. Growers of all levels of experience and all scales of production are welcome.

CONTACT: More information and link to registration at www.nofamass.org/events/growing-grains-massachusetts#.U-pqF2O4N34, or contact contact Jamie Lombardo, Education Events Coordinator, at Jamie@nofamass.org or 860-966-6368.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Food Safety: The Elephant on the Farm

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=D6GDo6nH4slI6vF1Ac2DjQ

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=D6GDo6nH4slI6vF1Ac2DjQ

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Friday, October 3, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT

COST: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children under 12 $1

The Festival is held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds amid the Vermont hills during the peak of fall foliage. Features include a marketplace with over 70 vendors of fiber, yarn, fiber crafting equipment and supplies, fencing, small ruminant equipment and supplies and local meat and cheese. The weekend includes shepherd workshops, fiber arts classes, demos, fleece show and sale and fiber arts contests. Visit the animal barn where fiber animals are offered for exhibit and for sale. Music and local food vendors - including maple cremees! - round out the event

CONTACT: More information online at vtsheepandwoolfest.org/, or else contact Jane Woodhouse at vtsheepandwool@fairpoint.net or 802-592-3062.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

HACCP for Meat & Poultry Products: IHA Certified Course

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT

COST: $300, limited scholarships available

For those in USDA production or considering starting a meat/poultry processing business, a certified HACCP course is a must. This 2.5-day (10/3/14 - 10/5/14) course will cover not only HACCP (Hazard Analysis for Critical Control Points) as it applies to USDA producers, but, the pre-requisite programs such as sanitation, personnel hygiene and supply chain management. By emphasizing integrating the HACCP plan into the facility to create a culture of food safety, this course will help you write food safety plans that drive your business forward.

CONTACT: (802) 382-1004 to enroll.

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Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Innovation in Ag.: Energy, Conservation, Research, Development

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=n9rgSJ4gugJl2-OoWL5nUQ

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=n9rgSJ4gugJl2-OoWL5nUQ

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion, 100 Parah Dr., St. Albans

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Drive, Rutland

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Growing the Region's Farm & Food Workforce

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Description: Webinar: action.farmland.org/site/R?i=R4XOWBN8D4RG6wmecE10Uw

COST: Free

Part of the New England Food Policy Wednesday Webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the Northeastern US region’s food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options described in the New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System report.

CONTACT: Presented by American Farmland Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Register at action.farmland.org/site/R?i=R4XOWBN8D4RG6wmecE10Uw

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Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

COST: $200 per farm (multiple farmers from the same farm are welcome to attend)

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.

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 have to be farming in NYS to benefit from the production-oriented information in this course).

At the completion of this course, participants will:
* Understand of the basics of poultry production from field to plate.
* Have knowledge of breed selection, production systems, flock management practices, and cost of production.
* Identify rules and regulation for sale of poultry products to various market outlets in New York State.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Fairfield Inn, 102 Ballardvale Drive, White River Junction

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dairy Margin Protection Program Informational Meeting

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing Street #3, Newport

COST: Free

The USDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and farmers’ dairy cooperatives, have scheduled a series of informational meetings around Vermont to help dairy farmers learn more about the new dairy margin protection program.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at 802-656-2109 three weeks before the date of the program they plan to attend.

Farmers can also stop into one of the nine USDA county service centers or one of the eleven UVM Extension offices around the state to learn more about the program.

The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized USDA and Extension to conduct informational sessions on the new program to help dairy producers determine whether this new risk management program is right for their farm business. Federal, Extension, State and dairy cooperative staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the program. A newly developed web-based decision tool will be demonstrated, which is designed to help producers review dairy and feed prices and margins to help in their decision making.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Farm Service Agency state office at 802-658-2803 or UVM Extension at 802-656-2109.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tractor Operation, Safety & Basic Maintenance

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: AutoBeGreen, 98 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH

COST: TBA

A two-day, hands-on class for new, beginning, and seasoned farmers designed to educate and empower current and future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment.

CONTACT: More information at nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-hands-tractor-maintenance/ Contact 603-224-5022 or visit www.nofanh.org to register.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tractor Operation, Safety & Basic Maintenance

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: AutoBeGreen, 98 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH

COST: TBA

A two-day, hands-on class for new, beginning, and seasoned farmers designed to educate and empower current and future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment.

CONTACT: More information at nofanh.org/nofa-event/nofa-nh-hands-tractor-maintenance/ Contact 603-224-5022 or visit www.nofanh.org to register.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Poultry Production: Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys ...

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/

Please see 10/15/14 event for details.

CONTACT: More information at nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/bf-130-poultry-production/.

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