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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).

EPA Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer Course for Organic and Non-certified Pesticide Users: Eastern MA
Three Sessions:

Eastern MA:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Appleton Farm, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938

Central MA:
Tuesday, April 21 from 9am to 1pm
Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd, North Grafton, MA 01536

Western MA:
Tuesday, April 28 from 9am to 1pm
Brookfield Farm, 24 Hulst Road, Amherst, MA 01002

All agricultural workers that either use or work in areas that have been treated with a pesticide, including OMRI-listed products, must receive training on the EPA Worker Protection Standards (WPS). This training must be delivered by someone who either has a license to apply restricted-use pesticides OR has completed a WPS train-the-trainer program.

UMass Extension is offering 3 half-day formal WPS Train-the-Trainer courses around the state this spring. These programs are geared toward organic producers and other farmers who are not certified pesticide applicators, and may be unfamiliar with regulations and procedures for safe pesticide use.

After you leave this training, you will have the ability and authority to conduct both handler and worker trainings for your employees, as required by the EPA. Currently, employees must receive this training at least once every five years. There are proposed changes to the WPS rules being reviewed by the EPA right now. These changes include requiring farm workers to have WPS training annually, rather than every five years. These train-the-trainer courses would enable farmers to perform this annual training. The EPA projects the final rule to be made public in May of 2015.

You will leave this training with:

  • EPA WPS How to Comply manual
  • WPS-compliant record-keeping book
  • Certificate of completion
  • Signage for central posting areas

Download Registration Form

For more information about the program contact:
Lisa McKeag, Univ. of Mass, Amherst 413-577-3976, lmckeag@umext.umass.edu



Last update 2015 March 28