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Tue Oct 26 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

Wed Oct 27 2021

  • Northeast Forest Land Taxes and Programs
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    MS Teams

    Cost: Free

    University of Vermont maple specialists will host a series of online webinars focused on business decision making and forestry practices. Learn about the best practices to integrate business management and sugarbush management for a thriving maple enterprise that targets profits and forest health. Topics will include: sugarbush leases and rental rates, tapping practices to optimize yield, tubing systems, tapping red maples, business entity set-up, sap-only enterprises and more.

    Presenters will include: Abby van den Berg (Research Associate Professor), Mark Isselhardt (Maple Specialist), Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor), Chris Lindgren (Forest Business Coordinator), attorneys, foresters and industry specialists.

    To register, visit the Upcoming Events<https://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/maple/bizmodules/upcoming-events> page at Maplemanager.org<http://www.maplemanager.org/> to complete your registration.

    These online sessions are offered free of charge. Pre-registration is required for each individual session. To ensure enrollment and access to any advance materials your registration must be completed at least 48 hours before the scheduled session.

    *SAF Continuing Forestry Education Credits availability will be confirmed by July.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 1-866-860-1382 x200, within three weeks of the program date so we may assist.

Thu Oct 28 2021

  • Maple Financial Planning
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Financial Planning: This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Financial Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMkdHWDlRMUJEWDBGVklXVUkyRUJCQUJFSSQlQCN0PWcu>. Course Dates: Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or

    802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.


Sun Oct 31 2021

  • Financial Training For Livestock and Poultry Farmers Application Deadline
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Virtual

    Cost: Free, but a limited number of farms will be selected ($800 total value)

    Online Course Subscription:
    Food Animal Concerns Trust is now accepting applications for their new financial training program. FACT will provide a limited number of a one-year subscriptions to FFI’s Edible-Alpha digital resource hub which offers both live and on-demand courses and educational content. Content includes courses such as Sources & Uses of Capital Finance Planning Workshop; Getting Your Food Products Online; 13-Week Rolling Cash Flow: Forecasting & Debt; and Building a Valuable Food Brand Course.

    Boot Camp:
    20 farms will be selected to participate in a 4-day intensive Boot Camp led by FFI experts and hosted by FACT. The immersive boot camp training arms farmers and ranchers with the knowledge and skills they need to profitably grow their business and raise money, including topics such as: Financial systems and reports that will stand up to scrutiny by banks and investors, a credible business plan with realistic assumptions about future growth, a digital financial package to share with business stakeholders to support fundraising. All Boot Camp participants will also receive an annual subscription to the on-demand training described above.
    The Boot Camp will be held virtually and applicants may choose from two sessions:
    Session 1: December 7-8, 2021 and January 11-12, 2022
    Session 2: February 1-2 and March 1-2, 2022

    Contact: One application<https://form.jotform.com/211895832775166> can be used to apply for both opportunities. For more information about any of these opportunities, please email Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director at lmckenna@foodanimalconcerns.org.

Tue Nov 02 2021

  • Introduction to Raising Heritage Poultry
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Webinar

    Cost: Free

    Interested in traditional or “heritage” breeds of poultry? Join presenter Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager at The Livestock Conservancy, to explore the perks and challengers producers of these breeds will face and how to take advantage of income streams beyond eggs or meat. This webinar is provided by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT).

    Registration<https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=E057D88686473B>

  • Beef Cattle Management (BF 233) Cornell Small Farm Program
    6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Online Class/Webinar

    Cost: $199-$299, based on total gross annual household income

    Cornell’s Small Farm Program is including a Beef Cattle Management course; a 6-week online course taught using discussions, readings, and assignments in a virtual classroom. The course will focus on returning a profit, cattle management goals, marketing strategies, appropriate breeds, and more. Upon completion, you will have the knowledge and steps provided to expand your cattle operation.

    All levels of cattle experience are welcome, but the course is primarily oriented towards those just getting started (or thinking about getting started) with a beef enterprise, but those already raising cattle and seeking to improve or expand their operation will find this information useful as well.

    Registration and more information can be found on Cornell’s Small Farm Page<https://smallfarmcourses.com/p/bf-233-beef-cattle-management>

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

Thu Nov 04 2021

  • Maple Financial Planning
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Financial Planning: This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Financial Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMkdHWDlRMUJEWDBGVklXVUkyRUJCQUJFSSQlQCN0PWcu>. Course Dates: Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or

    802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.


Sat Nov 06 2021

  • On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Workshop
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
    2853 Back River Road, South Royalton, VT

    Cost: $70
    Did you know that farmers can only sell uninspected on farm slaughtered poultry as whole birds (chicken, turkey, ducks). This workshop demonstrates how to support local farmers in learning how to cut your own whole birds. Join Elizabeth Roma at Putting Down Roots Farm to demonstrate whole-chicken poultry slaughter. Rural VT will present the tiers and requirements and given room for questions and discussion throughout the event.

    The workshop will be broken into two demonstrations at two different locations.

    Part 1: Slaughter Demo, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (2853 Back River Road, South Royalton, VT 05068)
    Part 2: Processing Workshop, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (5615 VT-14, Royalton, VT 05068)

    Learn more and register on Rural Vermont’s Page<https://www.ruralvermont.org/events/2021/11/6/on-farm-poultry-slaughter-workshop-with-elizabeth-roma>

Tue Nov 09 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

  • Social Media 2.0: Pro tips, leveraging your audience, and preparing for damage control
    6:00pm - 7:45pm
    Remote Workshop

    Cost: Free

    Looking to improve your social media strategies? CISA is offering a workshop to assist farmers, specialty producers, and other local food businesses with tips and tricks to grow a social media following. Alfonso Santaniello, CEO of Springfield digital marketing firm The Creative Strategy Agency, will guide the discussion if what you are posting is maximize your platform’s potential and effectiveness. This workshop will also cover damage control and how to be prepared in the event of negative PR, and the best strategies to handle damaging situations on social media.

    Registration<https://form.jotform.com/CISAsurveys/2021-social-media> is required. Visit CISA<https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/social-media-2-0-pro-tips-leveraging-your-audiences-and-preparing-for-damage-control/> for more information

Thu Nov 11 2021

  • Maple Financial Planning
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Financial Planning: This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Financial Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMkdHWDlRMUJEWDBGVklXVUkyRUJCQUJFSSQlQCN0PWcu>. Course Dates: Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or

    802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.


Tue Nov 16 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

  • NE-SARE Farmer Grant Application Deadline
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

    Cost: Free (grants up to $30,000 are available)

    Northeast SARE<http://www.northeastsare.org/> has released the Call for Proposals for its Farmer Grant Program, see: www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant<http://www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant>. Proposals are due online by Nov 16, 2021 for projects starting in Spring 2022. Farmer Grants<http://www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant> are intended for farmers and growers who want to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques; they are not intended to provide start-up funds or be used to finance farm equipment or expand farm operations. Learn more at a free webinar on 10/5: https://go.uvm.edu/sarefarmergrantwebinar.

    Contact: Learn more and download the Call for Proposals at https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Wed Nov 17 2021

  • Solutions to Staffing Struggles: Hiring Retention & Foreign Worker Visas
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    738 Vermont 15 Hyde Park, VT 05655

    Cost: $50 workshop

    LEDC is providing a business development workshop to discuss working through seasonal staffing struggles. The workshop will provide insight into retention, ideas and solutions, and J-1 and H-2B visa strategies and best practices. This workshop is for any organization that employs seasons workers (national and international) or is generally struggling with staffing.

    More information and registration<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-to-staffing-struggles-hiring-retention-foreign-worker-visas-tickets-175753572667>

Thu Nov 18 2021

  • Maple Financial Planning
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Financial Planning: This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Financial Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMkdHWDlRMUJEWDBGVklXVUkyRUJCQUJFSSQlQCN0PWcu>. Course Dates: Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or

    802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.


Sun Dec 05 2021

Thu Jan 20 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.

Fri Jan 21 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.

Sat Jan 22 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.