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Saturday, November 9, 2013

FSMA Letter Writing Party & Farmer Mixer

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Description: The Well School, 36 Well School Rd., Peterborough, NH

COST: Free

NOFA-NH is hosting two separate, but related, events. Farmers are welcome to attend one, the other, or both.

FSMA Letter Writing Party: Join NOFA-NH and the National Young Farmers Coalition on Saturday, November 9th, from 4-6pm to craft and submit effective comments to the FDA about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). There will be a plethora of information on how FSMA might effect New England farmers, ample materials for letter writing, suggested topics and questions, and letter writing coaching available. You will submit your comments at the event, and know you added you important voice to this critical piece of regulation when it most counts. Local food and beverage will be provided.

Farmer Mixer: Following the mixer, from 6-10 pm, Saturday evening, farmers are invited to eat, drink, dance and engage in dynamic conversation with fellow farmers as the season comes to a close. This farmer mixer is the first of seven regional mixers being planned throughout the state that allow farmers to network and promote collaboration in facing our biggest issues and challenges–the unofficial topic of this mixer is the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

The evenings festivities will include local cuisine, local beverages, and live music!

CONTACT: Please RSVP to Ray Conner, (772) 341-1850 or bof@nofanh.org - See more at: nofanh.org/nofa-event/fsma-letter-writing-party-farmer-mixer/#sthash.ANffFMUi.dpuf

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Taking Stock: A New Farmer Project Class

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: COST: $150 if registered by 10/27. Registrations received after 10/27 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Those changes may be the result of new learning, family obligations, changes in land tenure, emerging market opportunities or increased competition. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Taking Stock leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business—looking back and planning forward. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.

Topics covered will include:

Does your farm business vision still fit your life;
The role of policies & procedures in the maturing business;
Approaches to cash management and what the numbers can tell you;
Incorporating employees into the farm business.

Participants will be encouraged to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Bridport Community Hall, 52 Middle Rd., Bridport, VT

COST: $20

Come hear how planned grazing can be fun and profitable. Troy Bishopp , a.k.a. “The Grass Whisperer,” is an accomplished grazier on his own farm in New York state, in addition to working with the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District/Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. Troy brings a holistic approach to grazing planning by helping farmers chart a course that pays attention to their personal goals as well as their profits. Julie Smith, UVM Extension dairy specialist, will also be there to discuss how to manage and troubleshoot common herd health issues including Johne’s, BVD, and nutritional deficiencies.
Julie’s focus is on biosecurity and preventive animal health management.

CONTACT: Register at grazingsymposium2013.eventbrite.com/ or contact Cheryl Cesario at cheryl.cesario@uvm.edu or 802-388-4969. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program , contact Donna Brown at 1-800-956-1125 or 802-388-4969 by October 31, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Behavior Based Grazing Management: Plant-Herbivore Interaction

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Online webinar at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/854788152

COST: Free

Join eOrganic for a webinar on behavior based grazing management with Dr. Darrell Emmick who will address the keys of maximizing plant-herbivore interactions through behavior-based grazing management, defined as the incorporation of behavioral principles in grazing management planning to enhance animal well-being, ecosystem health, and enterprise sustainability. Dr. Emmick is the former State Grazing Land Management Specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in New York. He earned his M.S. degree in Resource Management and Ecology and his Ph.D. in Range Science from Utah State University. For more than 30 years, Darrell has worked with farmers in the Northeast on grazing-based livestock production systems. The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/854788152. Find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at www.extension.org/pages/25242.

CONTACT: More information: www.extension.org/pages/25242/webinars-by-eorganic or email joineorganic@gmail.com

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Application Deadline: Whole Farm Planning for Women Farmers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lamoille County

Session dates: 9:30am - 4:30pm Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4, 18, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, 2014 (snow date March 18)

COST: Sliding scale $150 - $500

UVM Extension Women's Ag Network and the Vermont New Farmer Project will be offering Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers for the fifth year, through a grant to Holistic Management International from the USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program. This course was developed for women farmers with 2-10 years experience managing a farm business.

The course will cover a wide range of topics including how to create a values-based farm mission, improve leadership and communication skills and use management tools such as business planning and marketing strategies to increase farm profitability. Participants also will learn about the whole farm decision analysis process, time management, land and infrastructure planning, soil fertility and integration of livestock on the farm.

An experienced farm mentor will provide individual consultations throughout the course. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with other women with similar goals and concerns and learn how they handle challenges in their operations.

Applications for this course are now being accepted through November 15. Space is limited to 17 qualified participants. Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the registration fee, which is on a sliding scale of $150 to $500. An online application form may be found at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/wfp-application.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html.

CONTACT: For additional information and questions, contact Jessie Schmidt, 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389x203 or 866-860-1382 by November 15, 2013 so we may assist you. Register online at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/wfp-application.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

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Registration Deadline: Building a Sustainable Business

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Berlin, Springfield & St. Albans,VT

COST:
* Before registration deadline: Nov. 15, Cost: $210
* Registrations received after Nov. 15 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

Classes will take place Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2013 & Jan. 8, 15, 22 (plus Jan.29 reserved for snowdate), from 1-4 pm

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farm businesses. People who have completed Growing Places and/or who have at least one year of production/financial records of their own will find this course most useful. Based on a business planning guide developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) and co-published with the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, this course will assist today's alternative and traditional business owners alike with the creation of a holistic business plan rooted firmly in personal, community, economic and environmental values. With a business plan in hand, today's farmer entrepreneurs will be able to take that first step toward the creation of a successful and sustainable business. Classes will be offered simultaneously in multiple locations in Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and who register by the early registration deadline. Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact newfarmer@uvm.edu for more information.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Horsedrawn Mower Rebuild Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Rd., Brattleboro, VT

COST: $125 per person, including lunch and a hearty snack at 5pm

Do you want to get the very best results from your horsedrawn mower? Bring it along and we'll spend a day discussing adjustments, replacement parts and more that will get you maximum cutting from minimal energy input. Instructors Jay Bailey, Mark Cowdrey and Joe Delaney all have extensive experience with mowers and mowing in a variety of circumstances and situations.

CONTACT: fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org or 802-254-9067

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Weekend Warrior II (with Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Tamarac High School, 3992 NY 2, Troy, NY

COST: $35.00 per person, discounted rate of $25.00 for 4-H members or second person from the same farm.

Are you a small or part-time farmer? You're invited for a day of fun and informative classes on small farm production. Choose from three distinct tracks focused on: Beef Cattle, Sheep and Goats or Poultry.

Class topics will include dystocia, grazing, processing, parasite control, stretching your winter feed, common poultry diseases and much more. The day will feature keynote speaker Jessica Ziehm from the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition who will speak on knowing your consumer and being an educational producer, as well as helping to promote a positive image and understanding of agriculture and animal production. Over lunch “Munch and Mingle” with Dr. Roger Ellis, NYS Ag and Markets Veterinarian, while you enjoy a delicious homemade lunch (included with registration).

CONTACT: Pre-registration required no later than November 8th, 2013. For a full registration flyer with complete class descriptions and presenters please go to www.ccerensselaer.org or contact Marcie at 518.272.4210 / mmp74@cornell.edu. Registration fee is $35.00 per person, discounted rate of $25.00 for 4-H members or second person from the same farm.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

4-H Dairy Challenge

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Rowell Hall, UVM Campus, 106 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT

COST: $2 per participant

Challenge yourself with all things dairy!

CONTACT: Wendy Sorrell at 802-656-5418 or 800-571-0668. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell at 802-656-5418 or 800-571-0668 by October 31, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Break-Even Analysis

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

UVM Extension's Agricultural Financial Management Specialist Mark Cannella offers a quick webinar for you to learn the basics of setting a break-even price or deciding on a break-even quantity of production.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WEBINAR:
To join the session, use the following link:
sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.2EBCDD44FD43B87CBF79C7FB05B112
Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
1. Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
2. Click on 'First Time Users' > 'Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing'
o Follow the directions under STEP 1
o Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
o If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video under STEP 3

To view the hardware and software pre-requisites for Blackboard Collaborate please visit support.blackboardcollaborate.com
More Blackboard Collaborate Resources can be found at uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser.

CONTACT: If you have questions or require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 13, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Introduction to Raising Rabbits for Meat

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Location: go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EST on November 21, 2013 and click on the webinar title.
COST: Free

Presented by Bob Bennet, author of the Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits.

CONTACT: For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203.If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by October 16, 2013 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Introduction to Horse Logging

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 E. Dummerston Rd., Brattleboro, VT

COST: $125 per person, includes lunch and a hearty snack at 5pm

Are you dreaming about using your horse(s) to haul firewood and small logs? Learn safe use of chains, peavey & logging arches to maximize your leverage. Use a single horse and team to pull logs to the landing. The group will meet at 8am on Saturday to begin discussion over breakfast. Participants will be encouraged to drive the horses in situations that are appropriate to their experience level. This is not a driving workshop. Instructors will demonstrate chainsaw use and encourage those interested in learning to use a saw to attend the "Game of Logging" for professional instruction.

CONTACT: fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org or 802-254-9067

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Farm Records & Information Mgmt.: What, Why, How

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

Taught by UVM Extension's Agricultural Financial Management Specialist Mark Cannella, this will be an overview of what managers need to consider when setting up their various systems. We will look at various commercial programs that are available for financial, production or marketing records.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WEBINAR:
To join the session, use the following link:
sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.12F2D05E0B9F85514FF35641C0FC12
Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
1. Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
2. Click on 'First Time Users' > 'Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing'
o Follow the directions under STEP 1
o Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
o If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video under STEP 3

To view the hardware and software pre-requisites for Blackboard Collaborate please visit support.blackboardcollaborate.com
More Blackboard Collaborate Resources can be found at uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser.

CONTACT: If you have questions or require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 20, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Deadline to Apply for Annie's Sustainable Ag. Scholarships

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Download the application at: www.annies.com/our-practices/farming/agricultural-scholarships/apply/

COST: Free


Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2014/2015 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable agriculture (though that doesn't have to be your major). International students may apply as long as they are studying at a U.S. school.

Annie’s accepts applications postmarked between October 1, 2013 and December 2nd 2013. If you are chosen to receive an award, you will be notified by April 15th, 2014, and funds will be dispersed directly to your school on or around July 15, 2014. The application consists of two parts- your application and your supporting documents. Complete the application cover page, sign the form and draft a personal statement. Your supporting documents consist of an official copy of your transcript and two letters of recommendation from someone who can speak to your commitment to Sustainable Agriculture. The letters of recommendation must be from contacts that are NOT related to you. Letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope and the writer should sign the seal.

CONTACT: For more information: www.annies.com/our-practices/farming/agricultural-scholarships/apply/

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Survey Basics for Customer Feedback

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

Taught by UVM Extension's Agricultural Financial Management Specialist Mark Cannella, this session will get you thinking about the type of questions to ask potential customers and existing customers. We will take a quick look at online survey programs that can be used.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WEBINAR:
To join the session, use the following link: sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.A3CAF7BD9608FEC623B53E98CCE136
Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
1. Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
2. Click on 'First Time Users' > 'Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing'
o Follow the directions under STEP 1
o Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
o If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video under STEP 3

To view the hardware and software pre-requisites for Blackboard Collaborate please visit support.blackboardcollaborate.com
More Blackboard Collaborate Resources can be found at uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser.

CONTACT: If you have questions or require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 26, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TMDL

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church St., St. Albans, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program staff and held around the Lake Champlain Basin. There will be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions in an attempt to accommodate and encourage all interested persons to participate. No pre-registration is required.

Phosphorus runoff and discharges from numerous sources within the Lake Champlain Basin are causing excessive growth of algae in the form of “blooms” in some areas of the lake that turn water murky shades of green, brown, or blue. Some of these algae blooms can be toxic to pets and people. Excessive
phosphorus loading also increases the costs of drinking water and wastewater treatment, affects businesses that depend on clean water such as tourism and recreation, and depresses property values.
Excessive phosphorus loading can also degrade the water quality of local streams and rivers that feed
into Lake Champlain.

The TMDL will place a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorus that can be allowed to enter Lake Champlain and still meet Vermont’s water quality standards. It will allocate that maximum amount to each river basin draining to Lake Champlain and among the various phosphorus sources.

Phosphorus sources include discharges from wastewater treatment facilities, runoff from developed lands, runoff from state and municipal road networks, runoff from agricultural lands and timber lands, and streambank erosion stemming from channel instability.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TDML

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Swanton Municipal Building, 120 First St., Swanton, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

(See details with Dec. 2 St. Albans event)

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TMDL

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Auditorium at the Pavilion Building, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

(See details with Dec. 2 event)

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Taking Stock: A New Farmer Project Class

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutland, VT
Description: COST: $150 if registered by 10/27. Registrations received after 10/27 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. Those changes may be the result of new learning, family obligations, changes in land tenure, emerging market opportunities or increased competition. Whatever the catalyst, your business will likely need some reframing and re-strategizing to get back in sync with your life. Taking Stock leads participants through a process of re-envisioning the business—looking back and planning forward. This class will prepare you for the challenges of the next phase of business development.

Topics covered will include:

Does your farm business vision still fit your life;
The role of policies & procedures in the maturing business;
Approaches to cash management and what the numbers can tell you;
Incorporating employees into the farm business.

Participants will be encouraged to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html or contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu.

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Farm Rental Rates: Setting Them and Paying Them

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

Taught by UVM Extension's Agricultural Financial Management Specialist Mark Cannella, this session will help you learn about the different ways to set rental rates for your own property or to evaluate the rates that are offered to you as a tenant. We can’t get into the details of each negotiation but we can at least learn about the basic methods that can be used when setting rates or paying them

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WEBINAR:
To join the session, use the following link:
sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.DE76094666D2C142E5B997E24AAE5A
Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:
1. Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
2. Click on 'First Time Users' > 'Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing'
o Follow the directions under STEP 1
o Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
o If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video under STEP 3

To view the hardware and software pre-requisites for Blackboard Collaborate please visit support.blackboardcollaborate.com
More Blackboard Collaborate Resources can be found at uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser.

CONTACT: If you have questions or require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 26, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TMDL

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, 1 College St., Burlington, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

(See details with Dec. 2 event)

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TDML

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Founders Room, Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square, Middlebury, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

(See details with Dec. 2 St. event)

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT

COST: $25 (payable online by credit card, or check, or at the door)

Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose, UVM Extension, and NRCS partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include background on how bedded packs and composting systems function; calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and Q&A with a dairy farmer experienced in managing a pack.

All sessions will be geared toward livestock including dairy cows, heifers, beef cattle, sheep and goats. We will break into small groups by livestock type and work with every attendee to help determine your bedding needs and likely costs. Each attendee will leave with reference materials, including spreadsheets to help with planning (and replanning).

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

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/december-11-bedded-pack-training-tickets-9476910695. If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858 office or (802) 535-7606 cell, know by November 27, 2013 so we may assist you.

These workshops made possible by support from VT-NRCS and USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). The RMA provides risk management and financial tools to Vermont’s farmers with information through education and outreach programs. More information is available at: www.rma.usda.gov

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Public Discussion about Lake Champlain Phosphorous TMDL

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., Rutland, VT

COST: Free

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

(See details with Dec. 2 event)

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Kari Dolan, kari.dolan@state.vt.us

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Leahy Community Conference Center (Room C), Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT

COST: $25 (payable online by credit card, or check, or at the door)

See details with December 11 event. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/december-12-bedded-pack-training-tickets-9477508483. If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858 office or (802) 535-7606 cell, know by November 27, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Economics of Organic Dairy Farming Webinar with eOrganic

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

In Vermont, 23% or 210 dairy farms are certified organic. These farms contribute $76 million annually to the state’s economy and support 1,009 jobs. University of Vermont agricultural economist Bob Parsons has been collecting financial data from many of these farms for almost 10 years as the longest running economic analysis of organic dairy operations in the U.S. In this webinar, Dr. Parsons will share his findings and provide a look at the economic benefits and challenges to running organic dairy farms. The webinar is free and open to the public and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker.
Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348463600

CONTACT: Deb Heleba, debra.heleba@uvm.edu or joineorganic@gmail.com. Or see www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348463600 for more details.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Registration Deadline for Growing Places Online Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online course

COST: $150 if registered by deadline, with additional $25 fee for those received after

Designed for aspiring and start-up farmers. The course will offer a realistic perspective on what it takes to operate an agricultural business to allow aspiring farmers to decide how agriculture fits best into their future plans. Anyone interested in starting a farm, specialty food business or other agriculture-related enterprise is welcome to enroll in the course, which will take place January 13-February 10.

The course will help students set goals for themselves and their potential business, identify and examine current resources, provide an introduction to farm financial management and explore market research and planning techniques. Information will be provided on state and federal agricultural programs and organizations that offer assistance and support to farmers as well as other resources.

The online class format includes self-paced modules and discussion boards, allowing participants to fit in class time when it works best for their schedule. In addition, a weekly webinar allows for real-time presentations and Q&A. All webinars are recorded and can be viewed later for those who cannot participate in the live presentation.

CONTACT: To register or for more information about the course, visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Click on "Classes," then "Growing Places." To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by December 13, 2013. For more information, visit the UVM Extension New Farmer Program web site at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer or contact newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Introduction to Enterprise Analysis

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar

COST: Free

Take a look at how to isolate your income and expense records to analyze the different enterprises you operate. Learn how to determine which enterprises are making or losing money.

To join the session, use the following link:
sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009421&password=M.6F6B15E4CB7C3A8...

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. Please log on 15 minutes early to check that your system will run Blackboard Collaborate:

-Go to support.blackboardcollaborate.com
-Click on 'First Time Users', click on #1 View information for first time users for 'Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing'
-Follow the directions under STEP 1
-Enter the 'v12.5 Configuration Room' under STEP 2
-If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before, watch the 'Online Orientation' video at STEP 3

CONTACT: Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact Mark Cannella at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382, by November 13, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Summit on the Future of Vermont's Working Landscape

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Randolph Ctr., Vermont

COST: $30

The 2013 Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape is designed to bring all parties and partners together, build unity and momentum, and identify the next steps that will advance public policy and investment to support the long-term future of the Working Landscape of Vermont.

Farmers, forest products leaders, value-adding entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders, community residents, and all who care about the future of Vermont's Working Lands will come together to consider progress that has been made, assess the work ahead, and advance the next steps needed for public policy and investment.

CONTACT: Register at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=znei7cjab&oeidk=a07e8ajsr1s0e9d1cc0, or call Margaret Gibson McCoy 802-223-6091 for more information.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bedded Pack Manure Management Trainings

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: The Abbey Restaurant, Sheldon, VT

COST: $25 (payable online by credit card, or check, or at the door)

See details with December 11 event. If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: Register here: If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jenn Colby, (802) 656-0858 office or (802) 535-7606 cell, know by November 27, 2013 so we may assist you.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Registration Deadline for "Ground Work"

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: On-line (5 sessions) and Essex Junction, Vermont (one day)

COST: Free to attend (but participants must cover own travel expenses)

A new professional development (train-the-trainer) program to prepare and support agricultural educators, farmers, and farm service providers to deliver farm mechanization and tractor education to beginning farmers, farm workers, and apprentices throughout the Northeast. Through a combination of online learning and hands-on workshops, the project will equip agricultural service providers and farmer educators to teach adult learners about:

• Basic tractor use and operation;
• Basic tractor maintenance, and
• Farm mechanization strategies.

CONTACT: For more information contact Kristen Mullins at Kristen.mullins@uvm.edu or 802-656-2034. See here for more details: www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=GroundWork/index.html&SM=GroundWork/sub-menu.html

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Break

Day Event

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Early Registration Deadline: Intro to Ag. Financial Mgmt.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Burlington, St. Johnsbury, & White River Junction

COST: $80 (if paid by 1/5 early registration deadline, $120 if paid by 1/20)

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: To register or for more information about the course, visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer or contact Jessie Schmidt at jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by January 5, 2014

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