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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 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
Pro-GMO group accused of unethical practices
The Organic & Non-GMO Report - 1/27/2016.
By Ken Roseboro - The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) has been accused of unethical journalistic practices after it published personal information about individuals opposed to genetically modified food and changed the text of an article without the author’s permission. GLP is an organization that heavily promotes genetic engineering of foods and attacks critics of the technology.
Sweet spot: Large food companies dumping GMO sweeteners for non-GMO, organic options
The Organic & Non-GMO Report - 1/27/2016.
By Ken Roseboro - Major food and beverage manufacturers are considering organic and non-GMO verified sweetener options to replace sugar and GMO-risk beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup in their products. Suppliers of sweeteners such as agave, stevia, tapioca syrup, and erythritol report increasing inquiries from larger companies wanting clean labeled products with simpler ingredients.
USDA Announces $18.9 Million for Future Agriculture Scientists and Educators
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 1/27/2016.
On January 27, 2016, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships addressing challenges in nutrition, food security, climate change and other agricultural areas.
The Kingdom of Corn
The Contrary Farmer - 1/27/2016.
By Gene Logsdon - You can find a stunning photo of the kingdom of corn in, of all places, the Sunday New York Times travel section Jan. 7. I stared at that photo on and off for three days, transfixed by what it silently said for all of us who know corn. In the photo, taken in rural Iowa, there’s one lonely farmhouse, surrounded by winter corn stubble as far as the camera can see.
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