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Jan 17

The Impact Collaborative and Food Systems

12:30 pm EST

Interested participating in the Impact Collaborative 2018? Designathon One events begin in late January and are in 10 regions, one near you. Applications* are open for all subjects, including Food Systems. This webinar explains the Impact Collaborative Innovation Process and it's Food Systems Category, one of 4. Find out who and why you should participate and when, where and how to do this. The first Designathon One event in Raleigh, NC, January 22-24, 2018 (co-hosted by North Carolina State University), with 9 more to follow (in other regions). Don't miss out on learning about how to participate and join a new way of "Thinking Differently" with a design thinking focus.



Terry Meisenbach, Melanie Weir


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Jan 18

The Art of Negotiating: Getting What You Need

2:00 pm EST

A two-session workshop series

Location: Online
Dates: January 18 & 25, 2-3 pm Eastern Time
Cost: $35 for the series.

Negotiation is an essential business strategy –whether you are negotiating a land rental contract, an employee’s salary or want to clarify a delivery schedule—negotiation is part of every business owner’s toolkit. But women frequently feel unprepared and unskilled in this form of communication. In this 2-part virtual series, we will learn what negotiation really is (and what it is not). We will explore how to prepare for, and execute, a successful negotiation. And we discuss how to preserve a relationship even when you have lost the deal. We will also explore why women hesitate to ask for what we need and why walking away from an opportunity is so unsettling. This interactive workshop will address negotiation from the perspective of women farmers and ranchers and the issues most relevant to them.

This session will meet twice in an online classroom. Participants should plan to attend both sessions.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Women's Agricultural Network, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project and the Women in Agriculture Learning Network and made possible through funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Ranncher Development Program (BFRDP) and is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, under award number 2015-70017-23898.


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Jan 18

Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar (Part 1 of 6)

7:00 pm EST

Photovoltaic panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. While the target audience is farmers, the information presented will also be a professional development opportunity for Extension educators.

Part 1: Estimating System Production

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 7-8 PM EST

Description: Site-specific factors can influence the amount of electricity produced by a photovoltaic installation.

Registration information and a complete agenda can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/SolarAnalysisWebinar/.


Eric Romich, F. John Hay, Charles Gould

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