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January 2021

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference (Virtual)

January 8 @ 8:00 am - January 10 @ 5:00 pm

In midst of continued pandemic, we at NOFA/Mass offer our annual Winter Conference virtually this year as a three-day informative, interactive, educational hub of happenings – Friday-Sun Jan 8-10, 2021. #NOFAWC Please Register HERE The event aims to highlight critical, solutions-oriented work happening state-wide to scaffold food security and to celebrate the resilience of the people of Massachusetts, embracing and ensuring communal pathways to sustained nourishment - particularly our farmers, gardeners, growers and champions of the grassroots organic soil health movement…

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Farm Credit East Presents Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cyber scams are at an all-time high. To ensure your information stays secure, join Farm Credit East for a webinar on Tuesday, January 12, at 11 a.m., that will cover important cybersecurity tips and information. The webinar is free to attend.   Michael Levin, the founder of the Center for Information Security Awareness, will present this webinar. He will speak about cybersecurity awareness and provide information on how to keep your devices and data safe, both at home and in…

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How do I prepare for 2021? Session #1: Better Bookkeeping

January 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

COVID Round 2: How do I prepare for 2021? Join The Carrot Project for a four-part training series this winter. We’ll walk you through what you need to be thinking about for adapting and/or growing your business. All sessions will be online beginning at 3PM EST and ending no later than 5 PM January 13 - Session #1: Better Bookkeeping - For anyone who thinks their bookkeeping could be better: Understand how to track your financial results, so you have the…

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Farm Credit East Presents Webinar on the Agricultural Tax Considerations of New COVID-19 Relief Bill

January 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed into law in the final hours of 2020. How does this new bill impact agricultural producers? Find out during a free Farm Credit East webinar on Thursday, January 14, at 11 a.m.   Farm Credit East Senior Tax Consultant Dario Arezzo will present this webinar, digging into some of key tax considerations of the newly signed COVID-19 relief bill that impact agricultural producers. He will discuss topics such…

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Response, Recovery, and Resilience in the MA Local Food System (Discussion Series – Panel 3)

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Strengthening Food Security and Increasing Local Food Access for All.
Hunger has increased dramatically in Massachusetts this year as a result of job losses due to the COVID-19 state of emergency - currently around one million people do not have adequate access to food. Emergency food services are stretched thin and access to public benefits programs has been challenging for many who need help affording basic needs for themselves and their families. Policy experts and practitioners will discuss advocacy and on-the-ground work being done to make sure our neighbors are fed, and we will strategize together on potential new equitable solutions.

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Basic Farm Financials for Successful Pricing

January 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free - Remote

Have you ever struggled to understand how to successfully price your meat products?  The basis of any profitable business strategy is good record keeping and understanding your costs. Join NC Choices Technical Coordinator Lee Menius as we explore the basics of understanding your farm's financial goals, records, and how to use that understanding to evaluate new enterprises and pricing. In this session we will cover: Determining financial goals Understanding fixed & variable costs Understanding cash flow versus net worth Understanding…

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Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series … Tree to Table

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series Massachusetts Woodlands Institute*, Northern Woodlands, and New England Forestry Foundation present the Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series. Join us as we explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes to institutional buildings. January 20th, 2pm-3:30: Tree to Table February 24th, 2pm-3:30: Woods to Home March 17th, 2pm-3:30:  Forests to Cities *The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a subsidiary…

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Farm Credit East Presents 2021 Dairy Outlook Webinar

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

COVID-19 had large impacts on schools and foodservice markets in 2020, causing complications for the dairy industry. Join Farm Credit East and guest presenter, Dr. Chris Wolf of Cornell University, for a look at what 2021 may have in store for the dairy industry. This webinar is free to attend, and will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Dr. Wolf will give an overview of the economy, changes to milk and production sales, dairy markets around the…

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