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Tuesday, 02/09/2016

Aerial Field Scouting for Crop Production Workshop
Tuesday, 02/09/2016 (09:30 AM - 02:30 PM)

  • February 9, 2016 - Rialto Theatre, Lancaster, NH
  • February 10, 2016 - Makris Lobster & Steakhouse, Concord, NH

Dr. Gary Roberson is the featured speaker at this risk management meeting and will present "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Agriculture: What can we learn from the air?"

 

2.5 Pesticide recertification credits have been granted for this event.

 

Register

Location

  • Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St., Lancaster, NH, 03584

Wednesday, 02/10/2016

RMA Organic Workshop: Organic Growers Meeting
Wednesday, 02/10/2016 (08:30 AM - 03:00 PM)

 

This workshop will include a panel on the benefits and challenges of aggregation, a brief update on FSMA, and a "farmer to farmer" discussion on How to Farm & Not Give up Your Life.  See event flyer for complete program.

 

Location

  • Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Aerial Field Scouting for Crop Production Workshop
Wednesday, 02/10/2016 (09:30 AM - 02:30 PM)

  • February 9, 2016 - Rialto Theatre, Lancaster, NH
  • February 10, 2016 - Makris Lobster & Steakhouse, Concord, NH

Dr. Gary Roberson is the featured speaker at this risk management meeting and will present "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Agriculture: What can we learn from the air?"

 

2.5 Pesticide recertification credits have been granted for this event.

 

Register

Location

  • Makris Lobster & Steak House, Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Pricing for Profit - Postponed
Wednesday, 02/10/2016 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Determining Your Cost of Production and Selecting Pricing Strategies

This three session course is offered simultaneously at two locations on the following days: January 27, February 3 and 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

Location 1: UNH Cooperative Extension Office, Rockingham County, Brentwood, NH

Location 2: UNH Cooperative Extension Office, Coos County, Lancaster, NH
 
Participants will
- Use their business’ financial reports and records to calculate their costs of production for key products.
- Use their cost of production figures to identify appropriate pricing and marketing strategies for their business.
- Learn about tools and resources to help them minimize marketing risks to their agricultural business.

 

Sessions will incorporate instructor presentations, problem solving, farmer-to-farmer learning, and in-class personal application. Web-based educational videos and interactive learning materials will be used to enhance participant learning.

Flyer

Register

Location

  • Coos County UNHCE Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584

Thursday, 02/11/2016

Discovering Your Best Markets for Sales
Thursday, 02/11/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

An Agricultural Business Management Event

Thursdays: February 11 and 18, 2016 

This intermediate to advanced short course will walk you through the Business Model Canvas to help you develop marketing growth strategies.

Topics 
- Value propositions delivered to customers
- Product uniqueness & attributes
- Market segmentation
- Finding customers
- Developing growth strategies
- Forecasting sales
- Dealing with marketing risks

Registration 

Linked file:

Location

  • Granite State College - Concord, 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Thursday, 02/11/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

Linked file:

Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Friday, 02/12/2016

Hot Water Seed Treatment Clinic
Friday, 02/12/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension now has two hot water baths to aid farmers in treating against pathogens in or on seed. Diseases like downy mildew, black rot, bacterial canker, bacterial speck, bacterial leaf spot, early blight, fusarium wilt, Alternaria, leaf mold, tomato mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt are some of the diseases that can be treated with hot water seed treatment.

We can treat your crucifer, carrot, eggplant, lettuce, onion, parsnip, pepper, spinach, tomato, turnip, rutabaga and radish seed.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County UNHCE Office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Monday, 02/15/2016

Milk Pricing and Dairy Policy Workshop
Monday, 02/15/2016 (09:30 AM - 01:45 PM)

Dairy farmers have experienced large swings in milk prices during the last several years. These swings came from variability in international markets and uncertain costs. Individual dairy managers do not have influence over world prices and competitiveness, but each dairy operation has the opportunity to manage price risk. 

 

Status of the dairy industry, current market situation, milk price outlook, factors that will shape the coming months, as well as longer term issues for dairy markets are the subjects to be discussed at this Risk Management Workshop.

 

(This workshop will also be presented on February 16th in Concord, NH.)

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Location

  • Coos County UNHCE Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584

Tuesday, 02/16/2016

Milk Pricing and Dairy Policy Workshop
Tuesday, 02/16/2016 (09:30 AM - 01:45 PM)

Dairy farmers have experienced large swings in milk prices during the last several years. These swings came from variability in international markets and uncertain costs. Individual dairy managers do not have influence over world prices and competitiveness, but each dairy operation has the opportunity to manage price risk. 

 

Status of the dairy industry, current market situation, milk price outlook, factors that will shape the coming months, as well as longer term issues for dairy markets are the subjects to be discussed at this Risk Management Workshop.

 

(This workshop will also be presented on February 15th in Lancaster, NH.)

 

To view the brochure go to:

http://extension.unh.edu/events/files/288A850C-5056-A432-4FA11DA0C484EAA3.pdf

Location

  • Makris Lobster & Steak House, Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Tuesday, 02/16/2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAFE reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. SAFE workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2 hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.

Location

  • NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Thursday, 02/18/2016

Discovering Your Best Markets for Sales
Thursday, 02/18/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

An Agricultural Business Management Event

Thursdays: February 11 and 18, 2016 

This intermediate to advanced short course will walk you through the Business Model Canvas to help you develop marketing growth strategies.

Topics 
- Value propositions delivered to customers
- Product uniqueness & attributes
- Market segmentation
- Finding customers
- Developing growth strategies
- Forecasting sales
- Dealing with marketing risks

Registration 

Linked file:

Location

  • Granite State College - Concord, 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Friday, 02/19/2016

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Friday, 02/19/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

Linked file:

Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 02/23/2016

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
Tuesday, 02/23/2016 (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Initial Pesticide Certification Training for Private, Commercial, and those looking to receive General Use Permits, March and April 2016

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

 

If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2016 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you. 6 Recertification credits will be offered

 

Cole Hall (Strafford County)             March 8 & 15th           6:00-9:00 pm

34 Sage Way

Durham, NH 03824                           

Testing date                                       March 22nd                 6:00-9:00 pm


Advance registration is required for all and space is limited. Cost of the program is $50 per two night session. The testing is an additional fee of $20.00 (covers the application fee for the test) plus there is an additional $5.00 fee for the category. There are required study materials for initial training and the price ranges from $120.00 to $165.00 per set, depending on category. The study materials need to be ordered before class begins and are available at the Education Center, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH 03045. We can be reached by calling 351-3831 or 1-877-398-4769.

Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.


Location

  • Cole Hall, 34 Sage Way, Durham, NH, 03824

Wednesday, 02/24/2016

Whole Farm Planning Using the Holistic Management Process
Wednesday, 02/24/2016 (10:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

Participants will meet for five sessions on topics that include goal setting; time management; financial, business, and market planning; communication and leadership on farms.

Five Wednesdays beginning February 24, 2016

All levels welcome.

Preregistration is encouraged as class size is limited.  See flyer for more information, including the short questionnaire and registration form.

Linked file:

Location

  • Yankee Farm Credit, 52 FarmVu Drive, White River Junction, VT, 05001

Thursday, 02/25/2016

Basic Goat Production 5-Day Workshop
Thursday, 02/25/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Dot Perkins, Merrimack County, UNHCE Food and Agriculture Livestock Field Specialist, will be presenting a 5-day Basic Goat Production Workshop. You can sign up for just one class, two, three or all 5 classes.

Class I - January 21, 2016:
Basic information about raising goats for meat or milk in New Hampshire; behavior, ease of handling, selection, age determination, body condition scoring, building or adapting facilities with you and the goat in mind.

Class II - January 28, 2016:
Nutrition 101: Feeding the doe, doeling, buck, buckling, or market kid, adding pasture to the mix.

Class III - February 11, 2016:
Health: What's normal? Common health problems.

Class IV - February 19, 2016:
Information pertaining to reproduction: breeding and kidding management, the birth process, possible problems, post-partum care.

Class V - February 25, 2016:
Milk production, milking techniques, milk handling from barn-to-kitchen with food safety in mind.

 

Register 

 

If you are unable to register on-line, please complete the form on the attached flyer and mail with a check made payable to: UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to:


UNHCE Business Service
Basic Goat Production/Event #19101
59 College Road, Taylor Hall
Durham, NH 03824

 

Light refreshments will be provided at each class.

Linked file:

Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Saturday, 02/27/2016

Whole Farm Planning Using the Holistic Management Process
Saturday, 02/27/2016 (10:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

Participants will meet for five sessions on topics that include goal setting; time management; financial, business, and market planning; communication and leadership on farms.

Five Saturdays beginning February 27, 2016

All levels welcome.

Preregistration is encouraged as class size is limited.  See the attached flyer for information, including the short questionnaire and registration form.

Linked file:

Location

  • Belknap County Extension Office, 635 Main St., 3rd Floor, Laconia, NH, 03246

Monday, 02/29/2016

Build Your Grazing Plan
Monday, 02/29/2016 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

The online classes will run from February 29 through June 16. During that time, there will also be four in-person meetings:
- Monday, February 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Kick Off and Orientation in Boscawen
- Wednesday, April 6, time TBD - Animal Nutrition in Boscawen
- Saturday, May 7, all day - Fencing Clinic in Harrisville
- Thursday, June 16, time TBD - Forage Identification and Inventory in Litchfield

This 16-week class will be primarily conducted through an online learning program. It is designed for farms that graze ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, and camelids) and want to maximize their pasture production through managed grazing. If you already have a grazing plan that is being underutilized, this class is for you as well.

We will take you through the process of writing a grazing plan. As a participant, you will complete the class with a functional grazing plan for YOUR farm and understand the principles behind it. This allows you to make changes to your plan when needed. Additionally, we will be writing these plans to include all the criteria needed for submission to NH NRCS for assistance through the EQIP program. If you would like, Daimon Meeh will help you review your plan to ensure it meets NRCS specifications. You would then bring your plan to a NRCS representative in your county to discuss how NRCS can help you with its implementation.

The class will be self-paced with online assignments and support. We will be using an online learning system similar in structure to an online forum, and it is our intent that there will be helpful interactions between the participants during the class.


Topics include
- Farm and Soil Mapping
- Soil Testing
- Animal Nutrition Needs
- Body Condition Scoring
- Fencing
- Theories of Grazing
- Rotation Schedule
- Forage Identification

Register

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Location

  • UNH Cooperative Extension Merrimack County Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 03/01/2016

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

(Snow date Wednesday, March 2, 2016)

ServSafe® is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
This one-day course provides the latest science-based information on food safety and best practices in the industry.


Participants will learn how foodborne bacteria contaminates food and the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook, and serve food for their customers.

Participants are expected to study the ServSafe Manager book prior to class. At the end of the course, the national ServSafe certification exam will be administered. Participants passing the exam with a grade of 75% or higher will receive ServSafe® Food Safety Certification from NRAEF. Certification is valid for five years.

Register

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Location

  • Manchester Health Department, 1528 Elm St, Manchester, NH, 03101

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Initial Pesticide Certification Training for Private, Commercial, and those looking to receive General Use Permits, March and April 2016

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

 

If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2016 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you. 6 Recertification credits will be offered

 

Cole Hall (Strafford County)             March 8 & 15th           6:00-9:00 pm

34 Sage Way

Durham, NH 03824                           

Testing date                                       March 22nd                 6:00-9:00 pm


Advance registration is required for all and space is limited. Cost of the program is $50 per two night session. The testing is an additional fee of $20.00 (covers the application fee for the test) plus there is an additional $5.00 fee for the category. There are required study materials for initial training and the price ranges from $120.00 to $165.00 per set, depending on category. The study materials need to be ordered before class begins and are available at the Education Center, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH 03045. We can be reached by calling 351-3831 or 1-877-398-4769.

Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.


Location

  • Cole Hall, 34 Sage Way, Durham, NH, 03824

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the effects this invasive insect will have on the forest and landscapes of Franklin and surrounding towns. The EAB is the most destructive non-native insect in North America. Over the past few years, it has been found infesting and killing ash trees in forests and landscapes throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Experiences in other states tell us we can't eradicate EAB from New Hampshire, but we can protect high-value trees and slow the spread of the ash mortality. Come learn the facts and get your questions answered. Free and open to all.

 

Presenters:

  • Tim Fleury, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Scott Rolfe, NH Division of Forests and Lands
  • Bill Davidson, NH Division of Forests and Lands

Held at the TRIP Senior Center in the back of the Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin, NH.

 

Co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food, and the Franklin Conservation Commission.

 

To register, contact Mary West at UNH Cooperative Extension - 603-796-2151 or mary.west@unh.edu.  Directions are on the attached flyer.

 

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Location

  • Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive #1, Franklin, NH, 03235

Wednesday, 03/02/2016

Whole Farm Planning Using the Holistic Management Process
Wednesday, 03/02/2016 (10:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

Participants will meet for five sessions on topics that include goal setting; time management; financial, business, and market planning; communication and leadership on farms.

Five Wednesdays beginning February 24, 2016

All levels welcome.

Preregistration is encouraged as class size is limited.  See flyer for more information, including the short questionnaire and registration form.

Linked file:

Location

  • Yankee Farm Credit, 52 FarmVu Drive, White River Junction, VT, 05001

Saturday, 03/05/2016

Whole Farm Planning Using the Holistic Management Process
Saturday, 03/05/2016 (10:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

Participants will meet for five sessions on topics that include goal setting; time management; financial, business, and market planning; communication and leadership on farms.

Five Saturdays beginning February 27, 2016

All levels welcome.

Preregistration is encouraged as class size is limited.  See the attached flyer for information, including the short questionnaire and registration form.

Linked file:

Location

  • Belknap County Extension Office, 635 Main St., 3rd Floor, Laconia, NH, 03246

Sunday, 03/06/2016

Apple Pruning Demonstration at Hackleboro Orchards
Sunday, 03/06/2016 (10:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Harry Weiser of Hackleboro Orchards in Canterbury, will be using over 30 years of pruning expertise to demonstrate pruning of standard, semi-dwarf and dwarf apple trees. This event is outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Free hot coffee, fresh cider donuts and apples will be available. Questions can be directed to Harry at hackleboro@hotmail.com. GPS address: 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury. The raindate will be March 13th.

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Location

  • Hackleboro Orchard, 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury, NH, 03224

Monday, 03/07/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Monday, 03/07/2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAFE reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. SAFE workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2 hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.

Location

  • NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Informational
Monday, 03/07/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is the most destructive non-native insect in North America. Over the past few years, it has been found infesting and killing ash trees in forests and landscapes throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Experiences in other states tell us we can't eradicate EAB from New Hampshire, but we can protect high-value trees and slow the spread of the ash mortality.

 

Come learn the facts and get your questions answered by UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialists, Tim Fleury, Natural Resources, and Amy Papineau, Food & Agriculture.

 

Register on-line at: http://bitly.com/EABUNH

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Location

  • Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, 4th Floor, Boscawen, NH, 03303


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