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Wednesday, 02/22/2017

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment - for Schools
Wednesday, 02/22/2017 (02:30 PM - 04:30 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.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist and ServSafe(r) Certified Instructor.

To be held at Nashua High School, South Nashua.

This event is not open to the public. If you’d like to have a SAFE workshop for your employees please contact Ann Hamilton at 603-447-3834 or email her at ann.hamilton@unh.edu.

Monday, 02/27/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, West Lebanon NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Monday, 02/27/2017 (All day)

January 30, February 6, 13, and 27th.

Kilton Public Library

West Lebanon, NH

Come join us for an interactive, four-session, workshop to better understand labor management issues: employment law, employee training, goal-setting, employee recruitment and job description writing. Customize your training by attending all four sessions or choose only those that are applicable to you and your farm! We welcome farmers of all knowledge levels to help enhance the educational experience for all!

Session One, January 30: Hiring and Compensation Laws

Hiring and compensation, legal workers classification, tax forms, workers comp, unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, working in the US, handbooks and contracts.

Session Two, February 6: The Business of Labor - Understanding the Full Cost of Employees

Setting the pace, efficiency in body motion and tools, setting employees up for success, building effective crews, creating a productive work environment, full cost of hiring an employee, hiring employees vs. making equipment purchasing decisions.

Session Three, February 13: On Farm Leadership & Communication

Systems in managing people, employee satisfaction & productivity, communication, performance management skills, methods of corporate America.

Session Four, February 27: Hiring & Retaining

Finding good employees, interviewing, effective training & on-boarding, developing effective job descriptions, and setting up expectations. Whole Farm Revenue Program and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225.

 

 

To register:

http://bit.ly/2dTouJx

Location

  • Kilton Public Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH, 03784

Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Registration Certificate - General Use Training: Core
Monday, 02/27/2017 (08:00 AM - 04:30 PM)

UNHCE will host a series of all-day training workshops for those seeking a supervisory registration certificate (general-use pesticides) from NH’s Division of Pesticide Control (DPC). To receive this certification, a person needs 8 hours of category-specific training for each category plus 8 hours of general use instruction (i.e., core training). Additionally, he/she must pass a written and oral exam and show proof of insurance.

 

The DPC will offer eight recertification credits/day for both commercial and private applicators.

 

Participants can register by visiting our website (https://extension.unh.edu/Pesticide-Safety-Education-Program/Register-Supervisory-Registration-Certification-General-Use).

 

Registration will be opened until 02/24/2017, 8a.m.

Location

  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program in Littleton, NH
Monday, 02/27/2017 (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Do you love gardening and sharing your experiences with others?  The UNHCE Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains volunteers to do just that through educational programs, community activities, and individual contacts.

Class dates:  Mondays and Wednesdays, February 27, 2017 - May 8, 2017  (No class on March 13th or March 15th)

Time:  6pm - 9pm

Location:  White Mountains Community College (646 Union Street, Littleton, NH)

To Register:  For more information, or to obtain an application form, contact Marcy.Stanton@unh.edu or go to http://goo.gl/cSzg8u

Application deadline is January 27, 2017.

 

 

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Location

  • White Mountain Community College, 646 Union Street, Littleton, NH, 03561

Tuesday, 02/28/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, Portsmouth NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Tuesday, 02/28/2017 (All day)

January 31, February 7, 14 and 28th

Urban Forestry Center

Portsmouth, NH

Come join us for an interactive, four-session, workshop to better understand labor management issues: employment law, employee training, goal-setting, employee recruitment and job description writing. Customize your training by attending all four sessions or choose only those that are applicable to you and your farm! We welcome farmers of all knowledge levels to help enhance the educational experience for all!

Session One, January 31: Hiring and Compensation Laws

Hiring and compensation, legal workers classification, tax forms, workers comp, unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, working in the US, handbooks and contracts.

Session Two, February 7: The Business of Labor - Understanding the Full Cost of Employees

Setting the pace, efficiency in body motion and tools, setting employees up for success, building effective crews, creating a productive work environment, full cost of hiring an employee, hiring employees vs. making equipment purchasing decisions.

Session Three, February 14: On Farm Leadership & Communication

Systems in managing people, employee satisfaction & productivity, communication, performance management skills, methods of corporate America.

Session Four, February 28: Hiring & Retaining

Finding good employees, interviewing, effective training & on-boarding, developing effective job descriptions, and setting up expectations. Whole Farm Revenue Program and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225.

 

 

To register:

http://bit.ly/2erUmpo

Location

  • Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd., Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Raising Broilers
Tuesday, 02/28/2017 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins, Livestock Field Special at UNH Cooperative Extension, will present information about breeds, housing, seasonal care, costs, predation and much more. This talk will not cover butchering.

 

Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising poultry for meat.

 

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Location

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

Wednesday, 03/01/2017

Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning
Wednesday, 03/01/2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning

Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits

First Workshop of the 2017 Gardening Workshop Series

 

Registration & Fees: Registration required. We offer a discounted rate for two members of the same family: $20 per person or $25 for two members of the same family. No refund. Anyone can register! Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: February 26th 2017.

 

Description: Improve the function of your garden while increasing yields, lowering costs, and reducing workload. We will talk about garden location and layout, seeds, plants, equipment, and so much more!

 

This is the first workshop of the workshop series "Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits". These workshops are opened to anyone who would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables and fruits, whether they are beginner or experienced gardeners. For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County Conference Room, 329 Mast Road, Room 100, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Thursday, 03/02/2017

WEBINAR - Dairy Management Alternatives in Low Income Years
Thursday, 03/02/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

 

This is a FREE risk management education webinar featuring Michael Hutjens, Extension Dairy Specialist, emeritus, University of Illinois, and Robert Parsons, Extension Professor, University of Vermont Extension.

 

This webinar may be viewed from one of the eight locations set-up around the state or from the comfort of one's own home by going to https://unh.zoom.us/j/817616579.

 

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Location

  • Grafton County Administration Building, 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy., North Haverhill, NH, 03774

Initial Pesticide Certification Training - Rockingham Co., March 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2017
Thursday, 03/02/2017 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will offer a training to prepare prospective applicators for their private or commercial applicator certification exam at the operational level. Please note that this course does not satisfy the requirements for applicators looking to get certified as Supervisory Registration Certification - General Use Applicators.

 

Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, NH Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training at each location.

 

The NH’s Division of Pesticide Control will offer six recertification credits for both commercial and private applicators. Different sections of the training will be presented on March 2nd and 9th; testing for private applicators will be held on March 16th.

 

Participants can register by visiting our website (https://extension.unh.edu/Pesticide-Safety-Education-Program/Initial-Certification).

 

Registration will be opened until 02/19/2017.

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Location

  • Kingston Community Library, 56 Church Street, Kingston, NH, 03848

Initial Pesticide Certification Training - Carroll Co., April 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2017
Thursday, 03/02/2017 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will offer a training to prepare prospective applicators for their private or commercial applicator certification exam at the operational level. Please note that this course does not satisfy the requirements for applicators looking to get certified as Supervisory Registration Certification - General Use Applicators.

 

Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, NH Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training at each location.

 

The NH’s Division of Pesticide Control will offer six recertification credits for both commercial and private applicators. Different sections of the training will be presented on April 4th and 11th; testing for private applicators will be held on April 18th.

 

Participants can register by visiting our website (https://extension.unh.edu/Pesticide-Safety-Education-Program/Initial-Certification).

 

Registration will be opened until 03/26/2017.

Location

  • Conway Public Library, 5 E. Main St, Conway, NH, 03818

Friday, 03/03/2017

Northern New England Nursery Conference
Friday, 03/03/2017 (08:30 AM - 03:30 PM)

 

Get a head-start on the season by coming to learn and to share. We focus on regionally-developed and adapted information ranging from plant production to pest and nutrient management for use in your business and by your customers and clients. Sponsored in part by USDA Risk Management, the program focus is on diversifying and managing risk, whether it is financial risk, weather risk, other production or market factors.

 

Register now.

Location

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

Saturday, 03/04/2017

Apple Pruning Demonstration
Saturday, 03/04/2017 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

 

Join orchardist Harry Weiser for a demonstration of pruning  techniques to keep apple trees healthy and productive at home and on the farm.  Specialists from UNH Cooperative Extension will discuss care and maintenance of apple trees, including variety selection, fertilization, managing pests, and more.

 

This event is free of charge and open to everyone. This event is outdoors, please dress accordingly. Free hot coffee, fresh cider donuts, and apples!

 

Rain date is March 5th

 

GPS: 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury, NH. Questions? Contact Harry Weiser: hackleboro@hotmail.com

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Location

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

Monday, 03/06/2017

Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
Monday, 03/06/2017 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins, Livestock Field Specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension, will be covering different housing options for chickens, what to feed them, how to care for them, and how to prevent problems. This talk is for anyone interested in raising their own chickens for eggs or meat.

 

This talk is free and open to the public.

 

 

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Location

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

Tuesday, 03/07/2017

Backyard Turkey Production
Tuesday, 03/07/2017 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins, Livestock Field Specialist at UNH Cooperative Extension, will present information about breeds, housing, nutrition, illness and more. This talk is designed to help the beginner get ready for the arrival and basic care of their turkeys. This talk will not cover butchering.

 

Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising turkeys in the backyard.

 

Register on-line at: bit.ly/BackyardTurkey

 

 

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Location

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

Wednesday, 03/08/2017

Starting Plants from Seeds
Wednesday, 03/08/2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Starting Plants from Seeds

Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits

Second Workshop of the 2017 Gardening Workshop Series

 

Registration & Fees: Registration required. We offer a discounted rate for two members of the same family: $20 per person or $25 for two members of the same family. No refund. Anyone can register! Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: March 5th 2017.

 

Description: Starting plants from seeds is a great way to grow your favorite vegetables and save money at the same time. Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop!

 

This is the second workshop ofthe workshop series "Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits". These workshops are opened to anyone who would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables and fruits, whether they are beginner or experienced gardeners. For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

Location

  • Hillsborough County Conference Room, 329 Mast Road, Room 100, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Thursday, 03/09/2017

Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow
Thursday, 03/09/2017 (09:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

This 3-week course is a discussion-based workshop to connect women and subject-matter experts in the areas of estate and succession planning.  As they work through important discussions in these topics, women will find many opportunities for questions, sharing, and connecting with the presenters and other participants.  This workshop offers a relaxed, fun and encouraging way to learn and discuss one of the most difficult subjects that face farm women today.

 

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Location

  • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, 03101

Monday, 03/13/2017

Preventive Controls for Human Food
Monday, 03/13/2017 (08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

Preventive Controls for Human Food

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

Successful completion of this class is one way to meet the requirements of a “preventive controls qualified individual” as specified in the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This 2.5-day class follows the standardized training curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.  The focus will be on the food safety activities and documentation which support the creation and implementation of a Food Safety Plan to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule under FSMA. 

 

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Location

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

Tuesday, 03/14/2017

Preventive Controls for Human Food
Tuesday, 03/14/2017 (08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

Preventive Controls for Human Food

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

Successful completion of this class is one way to meet the requirements of a “preventive controls qualified individual” as specified in the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This 2.5-day class follows the standardized training curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.  The focus will be on the food safety activities and documentation which support the creation and implementation of a Food Safety Plan to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule under FSMA. 

 

Location

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

Raising Healthy Ruminants
Tuesday, 03/14/2017 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins, Livestock Field Specialist, will cover the basics of raising ruminants (Cows, sheep, goats) and their digestion/nutritional needs, to a metabolic level. Come listen to all the facts and many practical tips pertaining to raising healthy ruminants.  Cost is $10.00 per person. 4-Hers are free if accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Register online.

 

 

Questions? Contact Dot Perkins at 603-796-2151 or dorothy.perkins@unh.edu .

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Location

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

Wednesday, 03/15/2017

Spring Landscape Conference
Wednesday, 03/15/2017 (08:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Larry Weaner, landscape architect, author and speaker will give two ecological landscape talks. Other sessions include hardscaping, workforce diversity, pollinator meadows, and restoration work at Odiorne Point State Park.  Although it is targeted to professionals, it is open to anyone interested. Pesticide credits available.

Location

  • NH Technical Institute, 31 College Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Preventive Controls for Human Food
Wednesday, 03/15/2017 (08:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Preventive Controls for Human Food

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

Successful completion of this class is one way to meet the requirements of a “preventive controls qualified individual” as specified in the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This 2.5-day class follows the standardized training curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance.  The focus will be on the food safety activities and documentation which support the creation and implementation of a Food Safety Plan to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule under FSMA. 

 

Location

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

Annual North Country Dairy Seminar & Trade Show
Wednesday, 03/15/2017 (09:30 AM - 03:30 PM)

Each year the NH Dairy Practices Committee invites a featured speaker to New England to speak to farm owners, workers, business cooperators, students, and the general public at the New Hampshire Dairy Management Conference.  The conference runs as a part of the four location series around New England.

 

This year the committee’s featured speakers are Justin Bergeron, BVMS, Assistant State Veterinarian, Maine and John Tyson, Regional Ag Engineer for Penn State Cooperative Extension. 

Topics include: Antibiotics & Regulations, and Developing a Manure Handling System.

 

This year's NH Locations:

Wednesday, March 15 -The Inn At Whitefield, Whitefield, NH.

Thursday, March 16 - Fireside Inn, West Lebanon, NH.

Healthy Soil for Happy Plants, Part 1
Wednesday, 03/15/2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Healthy Soil for Happy Plants, Part 1

Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits

Third Workshop of the 2017 Gardening Workshop Series

 

Registration & Fees: Registration required. We offer a discounted rate for two members of the same family: $20 per person or $25 for two members of the same family. No refund. Anyone can register! Register here!

 

Last Day to Register: March 12th 2017.

 

Description: Feed your soil to feed your plants. Create healthy soil to improve yields and the nutritional quality of your fruits and vegetables while reducing pests and diseases in your garden.

 

This is the third workshop ofthe workshop series "Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits". These workshops are opened to anyone who would like to learn more about growing organic vegetables and fruits, whether they are beginner or experienced gardeners. For more information on other topics offered in the same series, please visit this page.

Location

  • Hillsborough County Conference Room, 329 Mast Road, Room 100, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Thursday, 03/16/2017

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Thursday, 03/16/2017 (09:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

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.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist and ServSafe(r) Certified Instructor.

To be held at the Bedford Health Department, Bedford Town Meeting Room, 10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.

Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow
Thursday, 03/16/2017 (09:00 AM - 03:30 PM)

This 3-week course is a discussion-based workshop to connect women and subject-matter experts in the areas of estate and succession planning.  As they work through important discussions in these topics, women will find many opportunities for questions, sharing, and connecting with the presenters and other participants.  This workshop offers a relaxed, fun and encouraging way to learn and discuss one of the most difficult subjects that face farm women today.

 

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Location

  • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, 03101


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