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Four Fabulous Free Farm Talks
Two Locations
Everett or Spokane, WA
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Thursday Mar 24, 2016 6:00 PM - Thursday Mar 24, 2016 9:00 PM | Free


Four Fabulous Free Farm Talks
The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds. Everywhere you look it seems there is a new farm or  farmers market starting up, giving rise to the notion that small farms are the latest dot.com-type success story. While true for some, there are plenty of small farms trying to find their niche in the 21st centurys latest iteration of the worlds oldest occupation  agriculture. To help these modern-day agriculturalists, the Cultivating Success program has put together four Farm Talks to address the challenges todays small farms face.

1   Join us starting Thursday, March 3, 2016 for Farming Is a Risky Business, an informal Q&A-type panel discussion on the legal, financial, employment management, and food safety issues farmers often find themselves up against. Our panelists include George Benson of Schweet Linde & Coulson who specializes in estate planning and commercial real estate, as well as the banking and legal issues farmers might face; David Poor from Northwest Farm Credit Services whose focus is on credit and debt restructuring; the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network; and Brian Bookey from National Food Corporation. In addition, well have local farmers bringing their unique Been there, done that! perspective to the conversation.

2   Well continue on Thursday, March 10 with Managing Your Water Resources with Bob Simmons, WSU Olympic Region water resources specialist; Scott Patee, Skagit NRCS forecasting expert; and John Rose, hydrologist and GIS analyst with Washington Department of Ecologys Water Resource Program. The evening will focus on water quality, quantity, and rights including: H2O facts and myths: Will we have enough? Do you know your water rights? and Water quality: What you need to know as a farmer.

3   Thursday, March 17 will be devoted to Selling What You Grow with Whitney Keyes from Whitney Keyes Productions and Greg Prang, an expert on consumer insight.  During the evening, youll learn how to gather and pute to use information about you and your customers to make marketing and promotional efforts more strategic and effective. Learn how to find and reach the right customers, gain more value from your efforts, and be more profitable.  

4   Well wrap up the series on Thursday, March 24 with an evening devoted to No Fear Farm Financial Management with Dr. Michael Brady, WSU Extension economist, and  Wendy Knopp from Northwest Farm Credit Services. Topics covered include financial statements, benchmark ratios, investment analysis, budgeting, and tips to help put your bottom line in the black.

With locations on both sides of the state connected synchronously, each evening session runs from 6:00 pm  9:00 pm.

Western Washington location is at Everett Community College's Gray Wolf Building, 2000 Tower St. Everett, WA.

Eastern Washington location is WSU Spokane County Extension at 222 N Havana, Spokane, WA.

All Farm Talks are free! However, space is limited and you must pre-register to ensure your spot.

For more information on the FarmTalks, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/FarmTalks/ or contact Holly Small, hollynthompson@wsu.edu or Kate Halstead, khalstead@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

Course sponsors include Snohomish Conservation District, Moss Adams LLC, Western Extension Risk Management Education, USDA RMA, and Northwest Farm Credit Services.


Two Locations (View)
Everett or Spokane, WA
United States


Education > Business
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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