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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

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Break

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Break

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Break

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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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Saturday, January 11, 2014

NOFA-Mass Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA

COST: $50 for NOFA Member Adult General Conference Admission if registered by 12/15 ($60 until 1/10, $70 at the door, and extra costs for seminars and special courses)

Over the years, NOFA/Mass has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, Michael Phillips, Jean Jeavons, Karen Washington and other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. This year's Winter Conference will offer a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, an all-day seminar and keynote by Restoration Agriculture author, Mark Shepard. The children’s conference (for ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for your kids to get educated.

CONTACT: More information at www.nofamass.org/winterconference#.UqHieOLFpw9 or register at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1317429 or call (508) 572-0816.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

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.

What Taking Stock Graduates Say:

"It forced me to really slow down and look into the different parts of my business as they had developed over the years and begin to evaluate how they contributed to the overall picture."

"It helped me break things down . . . into goals, tasks to meet those goals, and ways to measure success -- that I would never take the time to do on my own. I have found that every time I have done that . . . we have met those goals."

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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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Water Quality & Agriculture Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Marshfield Town Hall, Marshfield, VT

COST: Free and lunch is provided.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District as part of the Winooski Headwaters Community Partnership invites you to attend a workshop on water quality and agriculture. Come hear local Vermont experts talk about important issues affecting the state of Vermont, including meeting the state's water quality goals, preventing nutrient pollution, maintaining soil health and the programs available to farmers to meet these goals and actions.

CONTACT: Laura at 802-288-8155 ext.104 or email: laura@winooskinrcd.org

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative & Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

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

COST: Free

This webinar will provide information on the Organic Initiative and how organic dairy farmers can use this program on their operations. It will be presented by Sarah Brown, an Organic Conservation Specialist with Oregon Tilth, and Wisconsin NRCS district conservationist Sam Skemp. 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.

CONTACT: Deb Heleba, debra.heleba@uvm.edu or joineorganic@gmail.com Register at: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/843797761

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Friday, January 17, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses to planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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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: $120

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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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: American Legion Hall, St. Albans, VT

COST: $25, including lunch

Learn about growing winter forages, corn and soybean diseases in the Northeast, reintroducing meadow fescue, getting the most from Nitrogen, recycling of agricultural plastics, improving soil health and maximizing homegrown feed in the ration, as well as receive updates from the 2013 cropping system.

Presenters include Gary Bergstrom, a Professor at Cornell University, Kurt Cotanch, the Forage Lab Director at Miner Agriculture Research Institute, Tom Kilcer from Advanced Ag Systems LLC in NY, Steve Woodruff from NRCS's East National Technology Service Center in Greensboro, NC, Anne MacMillan, an Agrichemical Toxicologist with the VT Agency of Agriculture, and UVM Agronomists Dr. Heather Darby, Dr. Sid Bosworth and Dr. Dan Hudson.

The conference brochure is here: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2014-brochure-final.pdf

Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

CONTACT: You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoildairy or by calling Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vt. only). If paying with a check, please make payable "UVM".

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