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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks
The Farmer's Office by Julia Shanks

Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks
February 25, 2018
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine
$100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm.

This full-day workshop is designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. The goals of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine YOUR farm enterprises, better understand financial statements and learn about recordkeeping.

Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." She works with farmers throughout New England to develop bookkeeping systems and manage their businesses for profitability and growth.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Waldoboro Couple Revitalizes Farm with Creamery and Sawmill
The Lincoln County News - 2/7/2017.
By Alexander Violo - Two new Waldoboro residents are revitalizing a 40-acre farm overlooking the Medomak River off Friendship Road in Waldoboro.
Potato crop rotation research in Presque Isle points to peas
Bangor Daily News - 2/6/2017.
By Anthony Brino - Jake Dyer, an organic grain farmer from Benedicta, has been researching alternative crops with the Maine Potato Board as potato growers are looking to improve their soil and find a third viable crop to add to potatoes and grains in their field rotation cycle.
The disappearance of Maine’s rusty patched bumblebee
Portland Press Herald - 2/5/2017.
By Mary Pols - University of Maine professor Frank Drummond is the last known person to hold a Maine-born rusty patched bumblebee, although his memories of the occasion are foggy, frustratingly so; no scientist wants to be imprecise. He knows it was 2009, because his student workers were engaged in a typical few days of specimen collecting in Stockton Springs, just north of Searsport, that summer.
Is America's most common pesticide responsible for killing our bees?
The Guardian [UK] - 2/5/2017.
By Alison Moodie - The most widely used class of insecticides in the world is facing a slow death. Called neonicotinoids, or neonics, these bug killers have long been used to coat seeds or treat millions of acres of farmland in the US. Research showing that they sicken or kill bees and other pollinators has already prompted the European Union to temporary ban several varieties of the insecticides, and now neonics could lose their grip in North America, too.
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