Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meet Your Crop Plan's Better Half at the Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference on Jan. 18th!

Spots are still open at this year's Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference this Saturday, January 18th at Goodwin College in East Hartford. At this conference attendees will not just learn about sustainability when it comes to farming but also when it applies to responsible business practices. 

Erin Pirro, a consultant with Farm Credit East, will be presenting on the importance of tracking your businesses funds in her talk titled "Cash Flow Budgeting: Meet Your Crops' Better Half". A crop plan is something you do every year - because you have to order the inputs, you need to know in advance what you're growing and what it takes to make that happen. If you think of money - working capital- as one other necessary input to a successful crop, you've taken the first step to a solid financial plan. Learn how to cultivate your financial plan while you're doing your crop plan, develop a cash flow budget, and easily monitor that budget so all of your resources are available when you need them - in the height of the growing season.

There will also be a brief presentation from Lizbeth Roberts who will be discussion the FarmStart program. FarmStart, a proud Gold Sponsor of the GSOFC, is designed to get farmers started on the right foot financially by providing up to a $50,000 working capital investment for their start-up operations. For more information on FarmStart visit: https://www.farmcrediteast.com/Products-and-Services/FarmStart.aspx

For more information and online registration visit The Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference webpage. Online registration ends this Thursday (1/16) but WALK-INs are welcome on the 18th! If you have any questions call our office at (203)308-2584. 

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