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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Labor Management for Farmers, Session II: Run Your Team

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, VT

COST: $50 members, $70 non-members, discounts available for multiple workshops or employees

Employees make it possible to get more done, but managing workers and their work takes dedicated time, energy and processes. Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work or just creating headaches. Join veteran farmer and educator Chris Blanchard to learn how to create a productive, positive work environment by communicating clear expectations and implementing systems for efficiency and accountability.

This workshop will cover systems for removing emotion from management decisions and actions, implementing effective leadership, practical tools to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, employee recruitment and dismissal, and how to collect and use labor information to make operational and investment decisions.

CONTACT: NOFA Vermont, info@nofavt.org, 802-434-4122

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Labor Management Session II: Run Your Team- Norwich

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: King Arthur Flour Campus, 135 Route 5 South, Norwich, VT

COST: $50 members, $70 non-members, discounts available for multiple workshops or employees

Employees make it possible to get more done, but managing workers and their work takes dedicated time, energy and processes. Whether you manage one seasonal worker or a large year-round crew, good management can make the difference between making headway on your farm's work or just creating headaches. Join veteran farmer and educator Chris Blanchard to learn how to create a productive, positive work environment by communicating clear expectations and implementing systems for efficiency and accountability.

This workshop will cover systems for removing emotion from management decisions and actions, implementing effective leadership, practical tools to increase employee satisfaction and productivity, employee recruitment and dismissal, and how to collect and use labor information to make operational and investment decisions.

CONTACT: NOFA Vermont, info@nofavt.org, 802-434-4122

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Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Course will be taught simultaneously in Rutland and Berlin VT.

COST: $150, Some registration discounts are available.

Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With two top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances with confidence. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one-to-one assistance at no additional charge.

CONTACT: Register at: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Heidi Krantz at newfarmer@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389 x 203, for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bedded Pack Winter Manure Mgmt. Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 29 Sunset Dr., Suite 2, Morrisville, VT

COST: $25 per person includes lunch and materials

Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack.

If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, (802) 656-5459, jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/bedded-pack-winter-manure-mgmt-training-morrisville-tickets-14330162903 If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 802-656-5459 by January 15, 2015 so we may assis you.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

The course will help participants develop skills in perceiving and understanding the qualitative and dynamic aspects of nature through the practice of Goethean phenomenology. This approach is always grounded in concrete human experience. It strives, through practice, to intensify experience so that we can gain clearer and deeper insights. Such insights can help us to interact with nature in more responsible ways.

The primary content focus will be the study of animals. We will use comparison as a means to illuminate the nature of animals.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

See 2/8 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

See 2/8 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

See 2/8 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Alternative Supplementation Strategies for Grazing Dairy Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing

COST: FREE

Most grazing dairy farms provide supplemental feed to meet the nutritional requirements (quantity and/or quality) of grazing cows. Recent and on-going research on supplementing dairy cows with molasses, flaxseed, and fodder will be discussed.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing or contact Mat Hann at mmh29@psu.edu or 610-378-1327

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Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Course will be taught simultaneously in Rutland and Berlin VT.

COST: $150, Some registration discounts are available.

See 2/4 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Heidi Krantz at newfarmer@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389 x 203, for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

See 2/8 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Developing Qualitative Understanding of Nature

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY, 12075

COST: Sliding scale, $250-$500

See 2/8 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter/regis_farmer_2015.doc or contact Linda Bolluyt at info@natureinstitute.org or 518-672-0116 with any questions or for more information.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Description: Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: $65 per day and above, depending on membership and other options chosen

The 33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for Vermont’s farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Join NOFA-VT and 1,500 fellow local food enthusiasts for three days of learning, inspiration, good food and great conversation.

(And stop by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture's table to say hi when you do!)

CONTACT: Register at nofavt.force.com/apex/PublicInteraction?key=_2Fbdrl01XPNmM_2FnhDXoax2A_3D_3D or contact 802-434-4122 or info@nofavt.org for more information.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Description: Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: $65 per day and above, depending on membership and other options chosen

The 33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for Vermont’s farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Join NOFA-VT and 1,500 fellow local food enthusiasts for three days of learning, inspiration, good food and great conversation.

(And stop by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture's table to say hi when you do!)

CONTACT: Register at nofavt.force.com/apex/PublicInteraction?key=_2Fbdrl01XPNmM_2FnhDXoax2A_3D_3D or contact 802-434-4122 or info@nofavt.org for more information.

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Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Ctr. 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine 04988

COST: $75/person; $35 extra for another person from the same farm; Includes lunch

This one and a half day workshop is designed to help those who have one year of farm production data or similar experience and are ready to sharpen their pencil and get a better handle on their business. Please bring pen, paper, and a calculator. If possible bring your financials from the 2014 season including crop plan, income & expenses and sales figures.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

Planning for Profit
Making a Profit on YOUR farm
Understanding Financial Statements
Your marketing strategies
Enterprise Budgeting

Instructor Richard Wiswall is the owner/operator of Cate Farm in Vermont and author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook.

CONTACT: Register at: www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=178&categoryId=5 or contact MOFGA at 207-568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org with any questions or for more information.

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NOFA-VT Winter Conference Monday Intensives

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: $65 per day and above, depending on membership and other options chosen

The 33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for Vermont’s farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Join NOFA-VT and 1,500 fellow local food enthusiasts for three days of learning, inspiration, good food and great conversation.

(And stop by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture's table to say hi when you do!)

CONTACT: Register at nofavt.force.com/apex/PublicInteraction?key=_2Fbdrl01XPNmM_2FnhDXoax2A_3D_3D or contact 802-434-4122 or info@nofavt.org for more information.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Ctr. 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine 04988

COST: $75/person; $35 extra for another person from the same farm; Includes lunch

See 2/16 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=178&categoryId=5 or contact MOFGA at 207-568-4142 or mofga@mofga.org with any questions or for more information.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Repro Management

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $250

Students will receive an overview of the bovine reproductive cycle and common reproductive management interventions. The class will spend three hours developing palpating skills and three hours artificially inseminating dairy cattle. (12 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory)

CONTACT: Register at: cewd-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=416 or contact Chris Dutton at cdutton@vtc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Basic Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

COST: $500 NY Residents, $600 Non-NY Residents

This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel.

CONTACT: Register at: dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation or contact Louise Felker at lmf226@cornell.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Intro to Ag Financial Management

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Course will be taught simultaneously in Rutland and Berlin VT.

COST: $150, Some registration discounts are available.

See 2/4 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Heidi Krantz at newfarmer@uvm.edu or 802-223-2389 x 203, for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Repro Management

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical CollegeRandolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $250

See 2/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: cewd-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=416 or contact Chris Dutton at cdutton@vtc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Basic Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

COST: $500 NY Residents, $600 Non-NY Residents

See 2/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation or contact Louise Felker at lmf226@cornell.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Repro Management

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical CollegeRandolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $250

See 2/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: cewd-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=416 or contact Chris Dutton at cdutton@vtc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Basic Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

COST: $500 NY Residents, $600 Non-NY Residents

See 2/18 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at: dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation or contact Louise Felker at lmf226@cornell.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn Liverpool/Syracuse, NY

COST: $65

NOFA-NY welcomes veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management. This year’s program includes a half-day intensive workshop entitled “Homeopathic, Herbal and Holistic Solutions to Common Situations in the Dairy Herd.” NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be available throughout the day-long conference to answer questions. Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange.

CONTACT: Register at: www.cvent.com/events/2015-dairy-field-crop-conference/registration-9821b4828d524dd79784c12a996bd56d.aspx or contact NOFA-NY at register@nofany.org with any questions or for more information.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Precision Technology in Pasture Dairy Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing

COST: FREE

Precision feed of dairy cattle can improve production and reduce environmental impacts of dairy cattle. Changes in forage quality and quantity throughout the grazing season can make precision feeding of grazing dairy cattle a challenge. Management and the adaptation of current and future technologies may offer opportunities for precision feeding in pasture dairy systems.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing or contact Mat Hann at mmh29@psu.edu or 610-378-1327

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