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CISA Winter Programs 2022

Basic QuickBooks and accounting for farmers and food producers

January 11th – February 15th

Punch up your QuickBooks skills in the new year with support from peers, professionals, and online tutorials.

This winter’s program on QuickBooks and basic farm accounting is designed for farmers and local food producers who are either new to QuickBooks or need to improve their current recordkeeping practices. It is a hybrid of self-directed learning, individual support, and remote classes with farm financial record keeping professionals.

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Farm financial management: taking it to the next level

February 10th, 17th, and 24th

Hone your skills for monitoring the health of your business, improving its profitability, and managing cash flow.

This three-session series is geared towards experienced farm managers and QuickBooks users who are looking to step up their farm financial management game. The series will be taught by Elaine Lemmon of Kitchen Table Consultants, and farmers attending all three sessions will be eligible to receive up to three hours of expert one-on-one assistance in financial recordkeeping, planning, or analysis.

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Making local food more accessible: welcoming SNAP, WIC/Senior Coupons, and all who use them

February 15th and March 1st

Learn how to accept SNAP and WIC & Senior coupons, plus what it takes to effectively implement these programs at your business and how to be welcoming to low-income customers.

The first session will cover what these programs are, why they’re valuable, and what you need to do to accept these forms of payment at your business. The second session will cover best practices for implementing SNAP/coupons and welcoming low-income customers, featuring a panel of farmers as well as resources from CISA and Berkshire Grown.

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Getting more for your milk: partnering with processors to venture into value-added sales

February 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dairy Farmers – ever think about starting your own brand of cheese, yogurt, or butter? Do you need help finding a co-packer to make the product for you? Or are you seeking ways to add value and additional income to your wholesale dairy?
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is launching a new initiative to connect dairy farmers with small-scale dairy processors via a virtual learning session, co-hosted by CISA. In this session we will share details on how you can find technical support to help you consider whether working with a co-packer will be feasible for your business. Cow dairy operations in Massachusetts are the target audience, however this session is open to the public and any dairy farmer is welcome to attend to learn more about these programs.

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Financial benchmarks for vegetable farmers

Three work session options: March 1st, March 22nd, and March 24th

Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers. Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you track the financial health of your farm from year to year, assess how healthy your business is compared to that of similar farms, and make more strategic farm business decisions. Participating farmers will receive a detailed personalized benchmark report showing how your key financial indicators compare to similar farms. Your farm’s data will be kept confidential — we’ll only share general trends, insights, and aggregated or anonymized information. To participate, you must be a vegetable farmer in Massachusetts or surrounding states, and you must be able to attend a work session in March to complete a survey about your vegetable operation’s 2021 finances.

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