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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
Promise of food safety law largely unfulfilled
USA Today - 12/16/2012.
By Christopher Doering – Implementation of the sweeping law, signed two years ago, has been bogged down by its complexity and cost.
Still no fix a year after salmonella outbreak
Portland Press Herald - 12/15/2012.
By Leslie Bridgers – One year after a recall of contaminated ground meat sold at Hannaford stores exposed blind spots in the nation's food-safety chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has yet to move forward with a proposed rule to improve record-keeping and, in turn, better protect public health.
A Secretary John Kerry Would Elevate Climate Issues
National Journal - 12/15/2012.
By Coral Davenport – “No senator since Al Gore knows as much about the science and diplomacy of climate change as Kerry,” said David Goldwyn, an international energy consultant who served as Clinton’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. “He would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue.”
Cooperative Extension Service pitches agricultural tourism to farmers
Kennebec Journal - 12/15/2012.
By Kaitlin Schroeder – Farmington: For decades, Herbert "Bussie" York tinkered with running his farm. He started producing organic milk, experimented with different crops and adopted new technology. Four years ago, he made another change, that time to draw visitors to Sandy River Farms with a corn maze and a pick-it-yourself pumpkin patch as part of Maine's agritourism movement.
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