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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
Agrarian Elders: The Prequel
Wood Prairie Farm - 2/26/2016.
By Eliot Coleman - January 24-29, 2016 was a great week of Agrarian Elders discussions. I am still inspired by our exchanges and thought I might throw a little more fuel on the fire.
California city sets organic precedent
The Hill - 2/26/2016.
By Natalie Paffrath, RN, and Zen Honeycutt - On Feb. 23, 2016 Irvine, California city council set a precedent for cities across the country by passing a new policy to switch to organic pesticides and herbicides in all public spaces.
USDA Makes Payments Available for Organic Field Border Buffers
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 2/26/2016.
The USDA Farm Service Agency has launched a new conservation option for organic farmers – cost-share and land rental payments for field border buffers through the Continuous Sign-up Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). Starting next month, organic farmers will be eligible to enroll windbreaks, filter strips, pollinator strips, and field borders planted to native grasses, shrubs, and trees in the program. Enrollment in the CCRP happens on a continuous basis, with eligible acres automatically accepted into the program. This differs from CCRP’s parent program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which features a competitive enrollment process during a defined sign-up period.
European Commission to Propose Glyphosate Reapproval
Bloomberg - 2/25/2016.
By Stephen Gardner - The European Commission will propose to renew until 2031 the authorization in the European Union of the widely used pesticide glyphosate, according to a draft regulation obtained by Bloomberg BNA.
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