Growing Wealth As A Saskatoon Farmer

POSTED IN For Members, Uncategorized ON 1/16/2015

The Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show hosted a Saskatoon Break Out Day on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.27.00 AMThe morning’s program included: fruit grading, the Farm Service Agency (including how crop insurance might work for saskatoons), insects, diseases, mechanical harvesting and presentation and discussion by members for The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America. The available slides for the morning session can be viewed as pdf by clicking on the following: MSU Slides The afternoon program, entitled Growing Wealth As A Saskatoon Farmer, covered fundamentals of business practices, financial practices, tax practices, insurance practices and legal practices to take saskatoon farming from a hobby stage to a long-term, future-building company. The slides for that afternoon session can be viewed as  pdf by clicking on the following: Growing Wealth Slides  

Annual Meeting of The Saskatoon Berry Institute Scheduled for January 15th

POSTED IN For Members ON 1/6/2015

The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America Annual Meeting is next week!

As outlined in the minutes of the November meeting of the Institute, our annual meeting is the evening of Thursday, January 15th at Red Mesa, Traverse City, MI, USA

We will gather for social time at 6:00 PM. Attendees are welcome to order off the menu, but placing an order is not required.

The meeting will be called to order at about 7:00 PM. One key item on the agenda is the election of board members for 2015/2016. We must have a quorum of members at this meeting in order to hold the election. Nominations will be accepted at the meeting for three board members, each slated to serve a two-year term, before the election is held.

Are you thinking about what you will do in the coming year to make a difference?

This is a great way to build the legacy of the Institute!

Look forward to seeing y’all there!

January 14th Saskatoon Berry Break Out Session Agenda

POSTED IN Uncategorized ON 1/6/2015

On Wednesday, January 14th the Institute will host a day long Saskatoon Berry Break Out Session at the 2015 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The agenda is as follows:

Wednesday, January 14                                        

Concurrent Saskatoon Session               Room – Peninsula A

Moderator:                Dr. Duke Elsner, MSU Extension

9:00 – 9:20                  Introduction to Fruit Grading and Its Uses

                                     Dr. Duke Elsner, MSU Extension

9:20 – 10:00                Farm Service Agency- What We Can Do For You

                                    Kathy Kozlowski, USDA FSA, Traverse City

10:00 – 10:30              Vendor Break

10:30 – 11:00              Important Insects and Diseases Attacking Saskatoon Roots

                                     Dr. Duke Elsner, MSU Extension

11:00 – 11:30              Mechanical Harvesting Tests in 2014

                                      Jim Dixon, Grower, Williamsburg

11:30 – 12:00              Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America report

                                     SBIONA Board Members and Staff

12:00 – 1:30                Fill Out Pesticide Recertification Forms (2 credits)

12:00 – 1:30                Lunch On Your Own

1:00 – 5:00                  Growing Wealth as a Saskatoon Farmer

                                     Chuck Curtiss, RECON Intelligence Services

1:10 – 1:40                 Business Practices To Grow Wealth as a Saskatoon Grower

                                    Chuck Curtiss, RECON Intelligence Services

1:40 – 2:10                 Financial Practices To Grow Wealth as Saskatoon Grower

                                    Chuck Curtiss, RECON Intelligence Services

2:10 – 2:40                 Tax Practices to Grow Wealth as a Saskatoon Grower

                                    Bob Hoffman, CPA, Hoffman CPA Firm PLC

2:40 – 3:10                 Break

3:10 – 3:40                 Insurance Practices to Protect Wealth as a Saskatoon Grower

                                    Garrett Boursaw, Ford Insurance

3:40 – 4:10                 Legal Practices to Protect Wealth as a Saskatoon Grower 

                                     Nicole Graf, Partner, Alward Fisher Rice Rowe & Graf

4:10 – 4:40                 Group Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges of Cooperation

                                    Chuck Curtiss, RECON Intelligence Services

4:40 — 5:00                 Wrap Up and Closing Comments