Youth Ag IDA Program

Application Deadline – Friday, May 15th!  Program starts in June!

The Youth Ag. IDA program is for youth ages 14-21 who are seeking to build a sustainable career in agriculture.  It’s built around a year of hands-on instruction, business coaching, and learning from established farmers – all while saving money towards a business asset purchase that will be matched 2:1.

What does this look like?

  • Participants attend a year (approximately 10-20 hours- depending on preference) of fun, informative, hands-on learning experiences (these classes have an estimated $1,500 value)
  • Participants complete approximately ten hours of online coursework
  • Participants complete a business plan
  • Each young farmer saves $500
  • The program matches the young farmer’s savings with $1,000
  • The young farmer participant will then have that $1,500 to use for an asset purchase

The program brochure is here. (This has a printable brochure and registration form for folks who prefer paper) & Online registration is here.

Please email Program Coordinator Liz Kenton with questions:


UVM Extension Ag Finance Class comes to Rutland!

This ag finance class, taught this year by Mark Cannella (UVM Extension Farm Business Management Specialist) is coming to Rutland in February.

Agricultural Financial Planning
February 4, 11, & 18 – 1:00-4:00 @ RAFFL Office, Rutland
Presenter: Mark Cannella, UVM Extension

Learn the basics of budgeting and financial management and how to anticipate the financial needs of your farm operation.  Group and one-on-one instruction.  Follow this link for more information and to register:

Upcoming Produce Safety Workshops


Wondering what the fuss is about produce safety? Want to be ahead of the curve on having a plan in place? You will leave this one-day workshop with a solid understanding of the science  and risks behind produce safety, and a produce safety plan for your farm. For more information:
Flyer/mail in registration:

On-line Registration:

Register Now – Space is Limited! To register: $18 for first registrant, $10 for each additional person from same farm.
All workshops run from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.

  • White River Junction: Thursday, February 19: Yankee Farm Credit, Farmer: Pooh Sprague, Edgewater Farm
  • Poultney (Co-sponsored by Green Mountain College): Monday, February 23: Green Mountain College, Farmer, Carol Tashie, Radical Roots Farm
  • Middlebury: Tuesday, February 24: Extension Office, Farmer: Jeremy Gildrien, Gildrien Farm

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189, three weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

Ideas for Enhancing Sheep Production – Webinar 10/8

Wednesday, October 8 from 10-1.  Hosted by UVM Extension.

Joe Emenheiser, UVM Livestock Specialist will center the discussion around designing sheep production systems to match animals to resources to markets.  He will briefly cover breeds, breeding programs, nutrition/health, reproduction, and product quality (meat and wool). If time allows, he will also touch on facilities and pasture management

Raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania, Joe’s experience with livestock includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching, and judging. He seeks to help Vermont’s diversified livestock farms improve their efficiency, product quality, and marketing.

Go to to join the conversation.

Fall Session of “Growing Places” – Registration Open

Growing Places is designed for individuals who are considering starting an agricultural or natural resources-based business, but aren’t sure where to start. Develop a comprehensive goal statement, explore opportunities and resources and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs.

For more information visit

Announcing “Management Mondays” Webinar Series with UVM Extension Farm Management Specialist, Mark Cannella

Farm managers can attend these short webinars to learn concepts to improve business management.
Go to the UVM Extension Calendar, click on “Extension Events” to find the web link and session details.

Break Even Analysis: Mark Cannella
Monday November 18th 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Learn the basics of setting a break even price or deciding on a break even quantity of production.
Class Tracking in Quick Books: Enterprise Analysis: Mark Cannella and Lori Shaw (CYA Solutions)

*SPECIAL 1 HR SESSION : Thursday November 21st 12:30 – 1:30pm
See how the “class tracking” function can be set up in your Quick Books accounting system to isolate income and expenses for your multiple enterprises. Learn how to enter data and produce reports at the enterprise level.

Farm Records and Information Management: what, why, how: Mark Cannella
Monday November 25th 12:30 – 1:00 pm
This will be an overview of what managers need to consider when setting up their various systems. We will look at various commercial programs that are available for financial, production or marketing records.

Survey Basics for Customer Feedback: Mark Cannella
Monday December 2nd 12:30 – 1:00 pm
This session will get you thinking about the type of questions to ask potential customers and existing customers. We will take a quick look at online survey programs that can be used.

Farm Rental Rates: setting them and paying them: Mark Cannella
Monday December 9th 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Learn about the different ways to set rental rates for your own property or to evaluate the rates that are offered to you as a tenant. We can’t get into the details of each negotiation but we can at least learn about the basic methods that can be used when setting rates or paying them.

Introduction to Enterprise Analysis : Mark Cannella
Monday December 16th 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Take a look at how to isolate your income and expenses records to analyze the different enterprises you operate. Learn how to determine which enterprises are making or losing money.

If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mark Cannella know at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled event. Call 1-866-860-1382 or email

Deadline to Register for Practical Produce Safety & Storage Quality Workshop is April 5th

April 5th – this Friday is last day for registration! Last Practical Produce Safety for veggie growers until the fall

April 11, 8:30-4, St Peter’s Church, Vergennes, VT and Bella Farm, Monkton, VT.

UVM Extension’s Produce Safety Program, Farm-to-Institution Program, and Agricultural Engineer, Chris Callahan, in partnership with Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), are offering a day-long hands-on workshop on writing a produce safety plan for small and diversified fruit and vegetable farmers.  The workshop will focus on infrastructure fixes related to produce safety and will include a special presentation by ag engineer Chris Callahan on cooler and storage design for produce safety and quality.  This is a great chance to get your farm manager/crew leaders trained in on-farm produce safety practices!  You will leave this workshop with a concise plan for you, your customers, and your employees.

Cost: $35 (or $25 per person if more than one person is coming from one farm). Registration deadline: April 5.  Call Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 to register, or register on-line at:  

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189, by April 1 so we may assist you.

Please register as soon as possible if you are interested, as there is homework to do prior to the workshop! For more info and registration form go to: