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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ontario County, CCE: Ontario in Canandaigua

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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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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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Ontario County, CCE: Ontario in Canandaigua (contact information for specific locations is below)

COST: $60 per farm

Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, this is for those farmers who are interested in produce safety or who are being required by buyers to develop food safety plans and provide third party verification of their food safety practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act proposed produce safety rules have been released with a tentative final rule anticipated sometime in the summer of 2015. These workshops will help growers understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed produce rule and third party audits. The second day will be devoted to writing farm food safety plans so that each participant can work on their own farm plan. These workshops are sponsored by the National GAPs Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, and the New York State Department of Ag & Markets with funding from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu or (585) 735–5448. Register at cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=144

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