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Tuesday, 01/24/2017

Financial Management Workshop, January 17 and 24: How to Develop a Balance Sheet and Income Statement So That You Can Measure and Achive Farm Success
Tuesday, 01/24/2017 (All day)

As a farm owner, you have likely seen several versions of business financial statements and listened to a number of presentations on the balance sheet and income statement, yet you commonly end up with questions about why should I bother and what does all this work on record keeping do for me? This two part, hands-on session will help you understand the essential components of these key financial statements and help you tailor them for your business. With well-prepared statements, you’ll be able to answer questions such as: Can the farm support my family? Is there sufficient returns to take on my child as a partner? What am I earning for my labor and management responsibilities? Do farm sales justify my hired payroll expense? Is my level of debt healthy? Should I expand? Should I take on more debt or consolidate my current loans? For answers to these and similar questions, join us in late January for this interactive workshop.

 

White Mountains Community College - Littleton Campus

Littleton Academic Center

Room 307

646 Union Street

Littleton, NH 03561

Location

  • Littleton Academic Center, 646 Union Street, Littleton, NH, 03561

Wednesday, 01/25/2017

2017 Grafton County Master Gardener Winter Meeting
Wednesday, 01/25/2017 (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Where:  Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery (135 Main Street, North Woodstock, NH  03262)

When:  January 25, 2017 (Rain date February 8, 2017)

Time:  6pm-9pm

Cost:  Price per person is $11 (includes tip and tax)

Optional Lodging:  Traditional rooms are available for a discounted rate of $50 (includes breakfast)

RSVP:  Please RSVP by January 18th via email at Janene.Robie@unh.edu or call Janene at 603-787-6944

 

Bring a guest if you are so inclined.  We hope to see you there!

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Location

  • Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, NH, 03293

Monday, 01/30/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, West Lebanon NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Monday, 01/30/2017 (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

Tuesday, 01/31/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, Portsmouth NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Tuesday, 01/31/2017 (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

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment - for Schools
Tuesday, 01/31/2017 (09:00 AM - 11:00 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 Derry Municipal Center, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 14 Manning Street, Derry.

Register: Please call Alice Cordella, Derry Department of Public Health at 603-845-5519 or email your name and daytime telephone number to alicecordella@derrynh.org.

Snow date: February 7.

Location

  • Derry Municipal Center, 14 Manning Street, Derry, NH, 03038

Wednesday, 02/01/2017

Discover Your Best Market for Sales
Wednesday, 02/01/2017 (10:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

Two Day Course - Two Wednesdays: February 1 and February 8, 2017.

As markets and customers change, it’s important to understand who buys your products and why. Do the same facts hold if you expand and grow your business?

In this advanced two day workshop, you will learn how to use the business model canvas to develop successful marketing growth strategies, segment your market, forecast sales, and refine a marketing initiative that will speak to your customers. As an agriculture business entrepreneur, exploring potential markets and understanding your current one is a must in this changing and competitive world. Careful and constant market planning should be part of your production strategy.  

 

Refreshments included.

Register 

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Location

  • Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Friday, 02/03/2017

Record Keeping and Taxes for Your Agriculture Business
Friday, 02/03/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

First Workshop in the Risk Management Education Series.

~Topics~
• Record keeping
• Taxes
• Risk Management

 

~Presenters~
• Nada Haddad
• Mike Sciabarrasi
UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Field Specialists

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Location

  • Manchester Community Resouce Center, 434 Lake Avenue, Manchester, NH, 03103

Monday, 02/06/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, West Lebanon NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Monday, 02/06/2017 (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

Tuesday, 02/07/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, Portsmouth NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Tuesday, 02/07/2017 (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

Wednesday, 02/08/2017

Discover Your Best Market for Sales
Wednesday, 02/08/2017 (10:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

Two Day Course - Two Wednesdays: February 1 and February 8, 2017.

As markets and customers change, it’s important to understand who buys your products and why. Do the same facts hold if you expand and grow your business?

In this advanced two day workshop, you will learn how to use the business model canvas to develop successful marketing growth strategies, segment your market, forecast sales, and refine a marketing initiative that will speak to your customers. As an agriculture business entrepreneur, exploring potential markets and understanding your current one is a must in this changing and competitive world. Careful and constant market planning should be part of your production strategy.  

 

Refreshments included.

Register 

Linked file:

Location

  • Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Friday, 02/10/2017

Marketing Agriculture Products and Food Safety
Friday, 02/10/2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Second Workshop in the Risk Management Education Series.

~Topics~
• Preparation for markets
• Sales and customer service
• Food safety, wash station
• Risk management

~Presenters~
• Nada Haddad
• Ann Hamilton
UNH Cooperative Extension Food & Agriculture Field Specialists

Linked file:

Location

  • Manchester Community Resouce Center, 434 Lake Avenue, Manchester, NH, 03103

Monday, 02/13/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, West Lebanon NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Monday, 02/13/2017 (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, 02/13/2017 (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 02/05/2017.

Location

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

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment - for Schools
Monday, 02/13/2017 (02:00 PM - 04:00 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.

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

To be held at Kingswood High School, Conway.

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.

Tuesday, 02/14/2017

2017 Labor Management Series, Portsmouth NH - Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers
Tuesday, 02/14/2017 (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

Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Registration Certificate - General Use Training: Forest (C1)
Tuesday, 02/14/2017 (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 02/05/2016.

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Location

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

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment for Food Pantries
Tuesday, 02/14/2017 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Protect yourself and the people you feed! SAFE reviews safe food handling techniques, reminders of personal hygiene practices, prevention of cross-contamination, safe time & temperature controls, and receiving food donations.  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. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance will be provided to the NH Food Bank to document training.

This training fulfills the food safety training requirements for the NH Food Bank.

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

To be held at the Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester.

Space is limited.

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Wednesday, 02/15/2017

Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Registration Certificate - General Use Training: Turf (G2)
Wednesday, 02/15/2017 (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 02/05/2017.

Linked file:

Location

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

Thursday, 02/16/2017

Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Registration Certificate - General Use Training: Right of Way (B)
Thursday, 02/16/2017 (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 02/05/2017.

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Location

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

Friday, 02/17/2017

NH Farm and Forest Expo
Friday, 02/17/2017 (09:00 AM - 08:00 PM)

Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18.

Saturday, 02/18/2017

NH Vegetable & Berry Growers Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, 02/18/2017 (All day)

This meeting of the NH Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association will offer a wide range of interesting and informative topics, including:

  • Climate change and weather patterns
  • Which records are really important on your farm?
  • Making use of local weather data using NEWA
  • Welcome our new UNH Research Plant Pathologist
  • Featured Farm: Riverside Farm
  • Updates from NRCS
  • Veg & Berry Research Update: Focus on Students!

and more!

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Location

  • Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH, 03101

NH Farm and Forest Expo
Saturday, 02/18/2017 (09:00 AM - 08:00 PM)

Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18.

NH Dairy Goat Seminar
Saturday, 02/18/2017 (09:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Pros and Cons of A.I. and Natural Service in Goats

 

Producers desire to improve the genetic base of their herds. This can be done through the use of artificial insemination (A.I.); however, this is a specialized technique and the equipment for breeding and storing semen can be expensive. People often have to resort to using a natural service buck. Dr. Taryn Pearson is a respected Veterinarian in the goat circles, and she will give an overview of A.I. techniques; as well as working with Dot Perkins, UNH Extension Livestock Field Specialist, to cover the management and selection of herd sires for improving your herd.

 

See attached flyer for schedule details.

 

Registration, at the door, is $5.00 per family and anyone 4-H age (5-19) is free.  The proceeds go toward the conference and 4-H dairy goat activities. Dairy Goat publications will also be for sale.

 

This meeting is one of many talks at the 34th Annual NH Farm and Forest Expo. For expo details go to www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org

 

 

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Location

  • Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH, 03101

Tuesday, 02/21/2017

Forage Crop IPM Risk Management Workshop
Tuesday, 02/21/2017 (09:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

Please plan to join us for one of this year's Forage Crop meetings. 

 

2 locations -

Lancaster, Tuesday, February 21 and

Concord, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

Topics include: Managing Forage Crops for High Quality & Yield; Bugs, Weed & Pathogens; Benefits of Grass & Legumes for Livestock.

 

Please see attached flyer for more information and registration details. 

Paper or online registration accepted until Monday, February 13.

Location

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

Wednesday, 02/22/2017

Forage Crop IPM Risk Management Workshop
Wednesday, 02/22/2017 (09:00 AM - 02:30 PM)

Please plan to join us for one of this year's Forage Crop meetings. 

 

2 locations -

Lancaster, Tuesday, February 21 and

Concord, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

Topics include: Managing Forage Crops for High Quality & Yield; Bugs, Weed & Pathogens; Benefits of Grass & Legumes for Livestock.

 

Please see attached flyer for more information and registration details. 

Paper or online registration accepted until Monday, February 13.

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Location

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


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