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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
Details on NAIS and animal traceability
La Vida Locavore - 2/5/2010.
By Jill Richardson – As I noted before, NAIS is toast. However, the USDA does plan to do SOMETHING in its place. A new PDF put out by the USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has more details about the future of animal traceability. In short, there will be a new system but it will ONLY cover animals moving across state lines.
Cancer and pesticides: victims fight for justice
The Ecologist - 2/4/2010.
By Diana Smith – After long battles, three farmers in France have won legal claims that their cases of cancer and Parkinson's disease were caused by working with pesticides. Now they want to help others fight similar cases.
Genetically-engineered forests
Treehugger - 2/4/2010.
By Alex Davies – Genetic engineering is coming to the forests … Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus, a rapidly growing Australian tree that in its conventional strains now dominates the tropical timber industry.
We decided to sell the herd
The Daily Yonder - 2/3/2010.
By Nancy Smith – Our dairy herd is for sale. My husband has been a dairy farmer his whole life, up until a few weeks ago. Ivan worked his way through school at his uncle’s dairy farm, then worked as dairyman on several farms before buying his own herd. We eventually built a barn and milk room on our farm. The farmer’s price for milk has been down for months and dairy has not been profitable for most farmers for a long, long time. Even the glimmer of hope we were seeing in anticipated price increases wasn’t enough to keep us going.
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