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Debra Heleba <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 28 Sep 2007 17:43:22 -0400
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I'm passing along the following press release about Taking Stock, a new 
course to be offered this fall by the Women's Agricultural Network. We'd 
really appreciate if you could spread the word to farmers who may be 
interested. With thanks, Deb Heleba

Contact: Beth Holtzman, [log in to unmask] or 802-223-2389 x15

New Course to Address the Needs of Maturing Farm Businesses

Burlington, VT -- The University of Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network 
(WAgN) is offering a new course to help experienced farm business owners 
focus on key issues of maturing businesses. The course, Taking Stock, 
will start October 25 and is designed for farmers who have been in 
business for at least five years.

"It's easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day business of running a 
farm that you forget to step back and ask yourself, 'How healthy is this 
business? Is this business still making me happy?'" said WAgN director 
Mary Peabody. "This course will help participants take that step to 
assess their operations and help them manage their way to healthy farm 

Taking Stock participants will learn how to take a critical look at 
their businesses, re-assess what is working and discover where some 
fine-tuning might be needed. Topics will include financial analysis, 
legal issues, labor management, business transition planning, among others.

The 12-hour class will be held in South Burlington on four consecutive 
Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting on October 25 and 
running through November 15.

The fee is $135 and covers registration and all materials. As part of 
this pilot course, participants will be eligible to receive a $100 
rebate on the registration fee in return for completing an in-depth 
evaluation of the course.

To register, please make two separate checks (one for $35 and one for 
$100) payable to UVM Extension and mail to: Women's Agricultural 
Network, 617 Comstock Rd., Suite 5, Berlin, VT 05602. Please register by 
October 17.

Additional information can be found on the WAgN website at or by contacting Beth Holtzman at 
[log in to unmask] or 802-223-2389 x15.

Taking Stock is offered by the Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN) a 
program of University of Vermont Extension supported by the Outreach and 
Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive 
Grants Program of the Cooperative State Research, Education and 
Extension Service, USDA and the USDA Risk Management Agency. UVM 
Extension and USDA, cooperating, offer education and employment to 
everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, 
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or 
familial status.

Debra Heleba
University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture
63 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405
v 802.656.0233
f 802.656.8874
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