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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
The real nitty-gritty on small farms and the food-safety bill
Grist - 12/3/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell, Tom Philpott – As recently as Monday, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) seemed set to sail through the House and to the president's desk for rubber-stamping. But now it's stalled in the Senate yet again, due to a technical error that could well sink the legislation – and with it any prospects for food-safety reform for a generation.
Canadian firm seeks US approval for non-browning GM apple
Food Navigator USA - 12/3/2010.
By Caroline Scott-Thomas – A Canadian biotechnology firm has asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a genetically modified (GM) apple that resists browning after it is sliced or bruised.
Extra Lunch Money Hidden in Child Nutrition Bill
The Atlantic - 12/3/2010.
By Jane Black – At long last, Congress has passed the child nutrition bill. Among its important achievements, it bans (some) junk food in schools, authorizes new programs to automatically enroll needy kids for free meals, and gives a small, if virtually unprecedented, boost – six cents per lunch – to the federal reimbursement rate that pays for much of what appears on students' trays.
Shrimpers build their net worth
Portland Press Herald - 12/3/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Freshly caught northern shrimp began showing up Thursday at local fishmongers, a day after the official opening of the season for the glistening pink decapods in the Gulf of Maine. Industry experts say they expect a strong year for one of the region's few growing fisheries, even though regulators have shortened the season by 44 days and limited the catch to 8.8 million pounds.
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