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Upcoming Farmer Workshops Online and in Illinois

Whole Farm Planning Workshop
When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802
Registration: $30 early-bird (through January 15); $40 regular
Registration closes on January 27 @ 11:59 p.m.
Is your farm working for you or do you work for it? Crafting a whole farm business plan is an important step in building a farm business that meets all the needs of the farmer and the family: economic, environmental, and personal. In this all-day workshop, we will begin the business planning process, exploring your goals, beliefs, and values; crafting your mission and vision statements; and analyzing your resources, products, and markets.

You will come away from this workshop with a one-page business plan that makes your farm business work for you. Lunch and morning refreshments are included.
Register and learn more

QuickBooks: A Practical Guide Webinar
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Registration: FREE (advanced registration is required)
Learn the power of planning for profit in this webinar series on farm financial management. Managing financial records and bookkeeping is challenging. Accounting software like QuickBooks can make the process much easier. Learn how to set up and use QuickBooks to streamline bookkeeping for your farm.
The webinar is free but advanced registration is required. Register online

Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show
When: February 13 – 14, 2019
Where: I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S 1st St., Champaign, IL 61820
Navigating Organic Certification

CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW | February 14 | $65
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Francis Thicke
“Defending the Core of the Organic Standard”

Session Topics Include:
– Organic & Transition Budgets
– Grain Buyers Panel
– Nitrogen Management
– Participatory Testing of Corn
– USDA Add-on Labels
– Legal Issues in Organics
– Certification on Leased Land
– Managing a Parallel Operation

FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE | February 13 & 14 | $99

Prices increase on February 1 | Registration closes February 10

The Organic industry is changing. The Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show brings together diverse stakeholders to explore advancements and issues in grain farming together.

The Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show is the largest event in Illinois dedicated solely to organic grain education, research, and networking! The 2019 conference will build upon the first two amazing years by increasing the number of break out sessions from two to four and growing the trade show to 25+ vendors. The first day will also be a special break-out track devoted to transitioning to organic grain production.

Lunch is included on both days. Registration for the Conference & Trade Show includes breakfast and a local Beer & Spirits Mixer at the conclusion of the conference.
Learn more and register online