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December 2019

Product Development Course for Small Food Businesses

December 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Hope and Main, 691 Main St
Warren, RI 02885 United States

Are you an entrepreneur developing new and exciting products? Do you have questions about ensuring the safety of your product? If so, this is the program for you! This course is a 1.5-day program designed specifically to address product development and food safety issues faced by small processors. Throughout the course, we will introduce the food science basics, important considerations when developing a new food product, share key elements required for product labeling, and an provide an overview of key regulatory requirements for small and emerging food businesses, such as entrepreneurs and local food processors.

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Webinar: Business Basics for Beginning Farmers

December 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farm Credit East’s Director of Knowledge Exchange, Chris Laughton, will present several financial topics relevant to people either running an early-stage farm enterprise or considering starting one. This one-hour webinar will be held Thursday, December 19, from 11:00AM – 12:00PM. The topics presented will include: • Financial Statements: What they are, how to read them and why they are useful • Budgets and Cash Flow: How to put together a budget and why it’s important to your enterprise • Credit…

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January 2020

Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program Events

January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LOOKING FORWARD: FARMLANDS FOREVER Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources View Online Flyer Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program Events in 2020 The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is holding a series of public meetings over the course of January 2020 to review the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. The APR Program preserves and protects agricultural lands from being built upon for any activity detrimental to agriculture. The meetings are intended to provide the public with an opportunity to review existing guidelines,…

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Windbreak Workshop for Farmers January 2020

January 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Astarte Farm, 123 West Street
Hadley, MA 01035 United States

Join Hampden Hampshire Conservation District on January 8th 2020 from 10-3 at Astarte Farm (123 West St. Hadley, MA) to learn how to make windbreaks a useful addition to your farm. We will cover: what windbreaks are, how they benefit you and your crops, and how to go about accessing resources to install your own. RSVP by December 23rd to hampdenhampshireconservation@gmail.com or (413) 923-3238

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Making it Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series (Part 1 of 3)

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
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Where do you want your farm, fishing, or food processing business to be in the next 5, 10, 25 years and beyond? The Carrot Project wants to see you thriving and we aim to help you make it happen. "Will I pay my bills?" "Is my price the right price?" "Should I add a new product line?" "Is a capital investment worth it?" In partnership with CISA, the Making It Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series for farmers and food…

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Farm Credit East’s 2020 Dairy Outlook webinar

January 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration is now open for Farm Credit East’s 2020 Dairy Outlook webinar for producers and others involved in the industry who want to gain insights on the state of the Northeast dairy industry, and what to expect in the coming year. This one-hour webinar is free, and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. Hear from the Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Mark Stephenson, as he presents his economic outlook for…

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Making it Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop Series (Part 2 of 3)

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
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Where do you want your farm, fishing, or food processing business to be in the next 5, 10, 25 years and beyond?   The Carrot Project wants to see you thriving and we aim to help you make it happen. "Will I pay my bills?" "Is my price the right price?" "Should I add a new product line?" "Is a capital investment worth it?"   In partnership with CISA The Making It Happen: Profitability and Success Workshop series for farmers…

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Natural Fibers Ecosystem Panel Discussion

January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Members of a pan-New England natural fibers group discuss building their unique commercial ecosystem from Vermont-based goat farmers, to loom operators in Massachusetts and clothier producers in Gardner. Find out how you can create your own grassroots commercial ecosystem.  Networking and light fare 6:30-7:00 pm; panel discussion 7:00-8:00 pm. When: Friday, January 17, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST Where Wachusett Business Incubator 35 Sanborn Street Gardner, MA 01440 Driving Directions Click here to register. Contact Scott Graves…

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