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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
CDC Study Misses the Mark
The Organic Center - 11/4/2016.
The article published in the Journal of Food Protection by Reid et al. examining foodborne disease outbreaks associated with organic foods is misleading. The study examines outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System that are associated with organic products, but don’t place the few instances of pathogens in the context of the numerous outbreaks from conventional products. Not discussed in detail in this article is the fact that organic provides an extra measure of safety on top of federal standards and the reduced risk of exposure to pesticides and antibiotic resistant bacteria associated with choosing organic.
USDA Expands Working-Lands Conservation Opportunities through CRP
USDA - 11/4/2016.
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands practice specifically tailored for small-scale livestock grazing operations. Small livestock operations with 100 or fewer head of grazing dairy cows (or the equivalent) can submit applications to enroll up to 200 acres of grasslands per farm. USDA’s goal is to enroll up to 200,000 acres.
USDA Approves 2 New Varieties of GMO Potatoes
EcoWatch - 11/2/2016.
By Jason Best - Consumers seeking to satisfy their salty snack cravings sans genetically modified ingredients may soon have to get savvier about scouting out chips and other products made without the use of GMO potatoes.
New England drought adds to calls for Farm Bill relief
Politico - 11/1/2016.
By Jenny Hopkinson - The plight of farmers in drought-ravaged New England is bolstering calls for revised disaster relief provisions in the next Farm Bill. The U.S. Drought Monitor says that a quarter of the region is suffering severe drought or worse. The dry spell comes after heavy snow and flooding in the region last winter, leading many to point to climate change as the culprit behind farmers’ recent troubles.
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