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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, 9:30 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
Monsanto defeated? That's what the Syngenta merger shows us
The Ecologist - 1/27/2016.
Monsanto has acquired a commanding role in the biotech, seed and agro-chemical industries, writes Carmelo Ruiz. So why is the company desperate to merge with its rival Syngenta? The truth is the company is in deep trouble, as its top-selling Roundup herbicide runs out of steam, and its rivals combine to challenge its dominance.
Corn Ethanol Deadlier Than VW Emissions Scam
Environmental Working Group - 1/27/2016.
By Emily Cassidy - Volkswagen could be fined up to $90 billion for violating the federal Clean Air Act by jerry-rigging diesel engines to burn cleaner on emissions tests. The added air pollution will cause up to 60 premature deaths of Americans a year. Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, points out that the government's mandate to blend corn ethanol into gasoline also increases emissions of NOx and other hazardous pollutants. A 2010 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the added emissions from the corn ethanol mandate “are anticipated to lead to up to 245 cases of adult premature mortality.”
Our Opinion: No reason Maine should rush ahead on GMO labeling
CentralMaine.com - 1/26/2016.
By the Editorial Board - Maine got it right two years ago when the Legislature passed a law requiring labels for food products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as soon as New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut do the same.
Land Trusts Aid Beginning Farmers in Land Procurement
Resilience - 1/26/2016.
By A.J. Hughes, Yardfarmers - The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, and new farmers are needed to carry the torch. One of the biggest barriers to beginning farmers is access to land. But obstacles are meant to be overcome, and land trusts provide an effective way to preserve farmland while blazing a pathway for retiring farmers to pass their land on to others.
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