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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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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 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
2013 Locavore Index ranks states in terms of commitment to local foods
Strolling of the Heifers - 4/13/2013.
The top five states for locavorism, according to the 2013 Locavore Index, are Vermont (first), Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa, while the bottom five are Texas (last), Florida, Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.
Belfast fish company to double production, add 40-50 workers
Bangor Daily News - 4/13/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Belfast: At Ducktrap River of Maine, the smokers - and employees - are working six days a week to meet the ever-increasing demand for products such as smoked Atlantic salmon, trout and mackerel, but still can't keep up.
Whole Foods pushes forward on product labeling initiatives
American-Statesman (Austin) - 4/13/2013.
Over the past few years, the natural foods grocer has rolled out a series of standards regarding animal welfare, seafood sustainability and genetically modified ingredients that is unprecedented in scope for a major food retailer. While most supermarket chains have their own sets of standards, Whole Foods' appear to be the most stringent in the industry, analysts say.
Manure spraying takes hold on some Wisconsin farms - and not everybody's happy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/13/2013.
By Lee Bergquist - New methods of spreading manure on farm fields are becoming the latest flashpoint of conflict among farmers, their neighbors and environmentalists.
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