Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Social Networks to Build Local Economies, FREE webinar

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Reminder of tomorrow’s webinar on Social Networks.


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Colleagues -- Here is an announcement for the upcoming eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities webinar on Thursday (tomorrow). Please help us to promote this by sharing with your colleagues, clients and collaborators! Apologies for cross-posting.

For immediate release

November Webinar - Using Social Networks to Build Local Economies

Contact: Mary Peabody, Email:

Final reminder! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar continues Thursday, November 8, 2012. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT) at

On Thursday, November 8, 2012 we host a presentation on Using Social Networks to Build Local Economies with Casey Hoy, Professor and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, The Ohio State University.  Agriculture in its many forms is still a powerful economic force. Healthy agroecosystems, however, require a number of connections, or reconnections, of farms with: people and communities, economic opportunities, biodiversity, healthy soils. In particular, building local economies around food systems requires connections among many entrepreneurs, to plan and launch entire local supply chains rather than the individual businesses within them piecemeal. Through grants from the USDA SCRI Regional Partnerships for Innovation program and the Fund for Our Economic Future, the Agroecosystems Management Program of OSU/OARDC is developing social networking tools to build local economies starting with food systems but also the advanced energy and renewable bioproducts that come from agriculture. This webinar will describe our work in connecting entrepreneurs along supply chains leading to collaborative business networks that improve agroecosystem health.

On December 13 we will host a session on Best Practices in Food Safety for Processors. Londa Nwadike, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist, will be our presenter as we explore common regulatory issues and safe food handling requirements. Geared to new producers and those considering a food processing business, this presentation will provide information on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe and wholesome food. They are a key pre-requisite for HACCP programs and are essential to meeting FDA and USDA food safety requirements.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome!

Mary Peabody, UVM Extension Specialist, Community & Economic Development 
Associate Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194
Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 202
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 202
Fax:    802-223-6500
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