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There are no further NEV&BGA meetings scheduled at this time

but other events which may be of interest to our members will be posted here
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Other events

New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show
Wednesday/Thursday February 25/26, 2015
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

This is the 5th biennial New England conference and it draws hundreds of farmers and farm industry members to idea-laden workshops and to hear motivational speakers. The theme of the 2015 conference is Direct Marketing to Diversified Wholesale, Finding What Works. Attendees will experience nearly 30 workshops on topics such as retail and wholesale marketing, agri-tourism, business planning and more. An all day workshop for New England Farmers’ Market Managers will be held on Wednesday, February 25th. Don’t forget the trade show with a large variety of agricultural suppliers and vendors!

Go to www.harvestnewengland.org for more information. Program details and lodging options are also available at this site.

Plant Nutrition and Organic Certification for Greenhouse Crops
UMass Extension and MA Flower Growers Association

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
D&D Farms Inc., 32 Hudson Rd., Stow, MA

Cost: $30 (Includes lunch)

Mail-in Registration Form.

For more information contact:
Tina Smith, Univ. of Mass, Amherst 413-545-5306, tsmithatumext.umass.edu
Geoffrey Njue, Univ. of Mass, Cranberry Exp. Station 508-295-2212 ext. 47, gnjueatumext.umass.edu
Bob Luczai, Massachusetts Flower Growers Association, bluczai@massflowergrowers.com

SEMAP Agriculture and Food Conference
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Bristol Agricultural High School, Dighton, MA

Southeastern Massachusets Agricultural Partnership and the Bristol County Conservation District present this conference with workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels and workshops specific to organic methods. Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch prepared by M&C Cafe of New Bedford and at the Resource Fair you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow.

Presentations from UMass Extension Educators include:

  • 2014 Vegetable Disease Update, Susan Scheufele
  • Brassica Pest Management, Susan Scheufele
  • Hot Water Seed Treatment, Katie Campbell-Nelson
  • The Latest on On-Farm Food Safety, Rich Bonanno

Advanced Farm Management — UNH Extension

March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9, 2015 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Brigham Hill Community Farm, North Grafton, MA

This workshop is for mid-career producers who are serious about building their financial management and strategic marketing skills. Participants will evaluate their businesses’ overall financial condition and examine the costs and profitability of individual enterprises. With a handle on production costs, participants will be able to assess their marketing plans and options, revise their product mix, and project next year’s profits and cash flow. Each location is limited to 25 participants to facilitate in-depth learning. We encourage multiple people from a farm to attend together.

This workshop series is for those serious about acquiring new skills they can apply immediately in their own farm operations. Participants will need to commit to attending the four sessions, completing homework assignments between sessions, and applying what they learn to their farm operations. To get the most value from this workshop series, participants will need to have a Profit and Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet for their farm. In addition to the four classes, there will be a weekly webinar for people to gain clarity and help with concepts from the previous class.

To apply for this program, please fill out the short questionnaire located at: http://tinyurl.com/nbh6nmk
Pre-registration cost: Application and $25 per farm
Pre-registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to start of session or until session fills (25 people).

UMass Extension Symposium: Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes
Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

UMass will host experts from New England Extensions to cover the following important topics in pollinator health:

  • Biology, Diversity and Conservation of Native Bees in the Northeast
    Joan Milam, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • The Natural History and Ecology of Honey bees in Our Landscapes
    Dr. Frank Drummond, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
  • How Healthy are the Bees?
    Dr. Frank Drummond, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
  • Designing Pollinator Support Plantings: Think Like a Bee
    Dr. Lois Berg Stack, University of Maine, Northern New England Pollinator Habitat Working Group
  • Neonicotinoids in Agriculture and Landscapes: Do They Harm Honey Bees or Native Bees?
    Dr. Kim Stoner, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Creating a Bee-friendly Landscape: Protecting Bees from Pesticide Exposure
    Dr. Anne Averill, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts

Cost: $65 for one, if two or more from same business, then $40/person

Mail-in Registration: Printable Program and Registration Form or Register On-Line using a credit card.

For more information about the program contact:
Tina Smith, Univ. of Mass, Amherst 413-545-5306, tsmith@umext.umass.edu or
Ellen Weeks, Univ. of Mass, Amherst, 413-545-2685, tsmith@umext.umass.edu



Last update 2015 February 20