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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Unity, Maine

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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
What is a 'natural' food? FDA seeks public input for definition
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 11/22/2015.
By Rick Barrett - Federal regulators are seeking public opinion on the use of the word natural on food labels, a move that could change the way hundreds of products are advertised.
Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail
National Geographic - 11/21/2015.
By Maryn McKenna - On Thursday, researchers from several Chinese, British and US universities announced in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that they have identified a new form of resistance, to the very last-ditch drug colistin – and that it is present in both meat animals and people, probably comes from agricultural use of that drug, can move easily among bacteria, and may already be spreading across borders. This is very bad news.
Trade laws undo local progress on food systems
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 11/20/2015.
By Sharon Treat - So much of trade policy involves searching through legal texts and leaked documents for clues about what’s coming next. Careful examination of the recently released text for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is already revealing new risks for our food system.
F.D.A. Takes Issue With the Term ‘Non-G.M.O.’
The New York Times - 11/20/2015.
By Stephanie Strom - Lost in the news about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically engineered salmon on Thursday was its long-awaited guidelines on labeling food with or without genetically altered plant ingredients. While the F.D.A.’s stance on labeling – it is not mandating disclosure of genetically modified ingredients – has not changed despite intense pressure from both sides of the issue, it has added a bit of confusion to the mix for consumers and for those companies that are voluntarily including more information on their packaging.
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