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2018 Webinars

8/8/18: Understanding Credit and Credit Scores

Understanding credit is as important as knowing when to plant your crops. Credit defines your trustworthiness in repaying your debt. This webinar will provide an overview of how credit is used in your everyday life. Knowing how to obtain your credit report and correct mistakes are important steps in improving your credit score and reducing the amount of interest you pay on loans. It is also an important step in protecting you identity. Join us to develop a greater understanding of credit, how it impacts your life, and steps you can take to improve your credit score.

8/22/18: An Overview of the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) is a new and voluntary service in conservation planning that evaluates an operation’s current conservation and management practices and compares them against science-based stewardship thresholds for five overarching natural resource concerns that evaluate the health of soil, water quality and quantity, air quality and wildlife habitat.

The results of the evaluation are provided in an easy-to-read graph showing how producers' decisions affect the well-being of the natural resources under their care. Each individual producer can then see where their operation lies on the spectrum with regard to those specific resource concerns—whether that’s meeting the threshold, exceeding it, or identifying opportunities for improvements. RSET is a useful tool for recognizing current stewardship and conservation achievements, as well as identifying opportunities to improve conservation.

By using this tool, NRCS can help answer field-specific questions for a producer, such as:

· How is the operation faring in terms of reducing erosion and increasing soil organic matter?

· How is the operation doing with water management and preventing nutrient run-off?

· What about curbing net greenhouse gas emissions and opportunities for improving habitat for wildlife?

9/12/18: Soil Maps for Production Agriculture

The US started mapping soils as a resource over 100 years ago. These maps have data for everything for production agriculture to engineering principles. Learn how to search for your soil types and what they may indicate for crop production without needing an advanced degree.

9/26/18: Farm Recordkeeping

Recordkeeping is a necessary skill for all business owners. Farm records inlcude everything from financial to production. This session will provide some ideas on recordkeeping practices as well as organizing records for farm enterprises.

10/10/18: Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics

Choosing the right health care insurance plan is important and can prevent large unexpected health care expenses. This webinar will increase your understanding of health insurance and provide strategies for selecting a health care plan that will meet your health care needs and your spending plan.

10/24/18: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays

Retailers seem to launch into the holiday marketing mode earlier each year, with most starting even before Halloween. We can take a page from their playbook and plan ahead too, particularly our social media marketing plan for the holiday ahead. With the successes of BlackFriday, Cyper Monday, and sites like Amazon Prime Days, shoppers are relying more and more on digital marketing messages and on-line shopping platforms to make their seasonal and holiday purchases. Now is the time to develop a social media marketing plan and benchmark implementation dates to capture the largest portion of market sales possible.

11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements

A large number of farmland is leased in the Delmarva region with much of it being done on a handshake deal. Understanding leasing laws and developing a written lease can work to improve the landlord-tenant relationship and provide record for future parties to understand what was agreed upon. Join Paul Goeringer as he highlights many of the laws and other issues that will go into developing a farmland lease.

11/28/18: GMO’s: A Brief Overview

Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMO’s seem to constantly be in the news. However there are a lot of misconceptions about what GMO’s are, what plants and animals have been modified, and how they are created, tested and approve for the market. This session will look at what GMO’s are, which ones are available for the market and answer some of the more common misconceptions about them.

12/19/18: Using an LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a popular form of business entity or organization. There are a number of ways an LLC can be used to strengthen a farming operation, including but not limited to, limiting liability, defining family ownership interests and/or transition and succession planning. This webinar will provide you with examples of the potential pros and cons of utilizing an LLC in your farming operation and give you ideas to discuss with your individual attorney.

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