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AgSquared LLC is proud to announce today that it has acquired Local Dirt – a pioneering online local food marketplace that connects consumers and wholesale buyers directly with the growers and producers of fresh food.

Local Dirt was founded in 2005 by Heather Hilleren, who previously served as Team Leader of Front End Systems and Customer Service at her local Whole Foods store. While at Whole Foods, she observed that sourcing local produce was a hassle for buyers, and that fewer supermarkets were buying locally as a result. Hilleren founded Local Dirt to fix that problem, in the process becoming an early innovator in the development of technology to streamline local food sales and support the local food movement. She received grants from both the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture to develop the Local Dirt marketplace and its suite of sales management tools for farmers, distributors, and other sellers of local food. More recently, her work has also focused on developing mobile technology to help consumers find local food through the popular Locavore app.

AgSquared’s founders Jeff Froikin-Gordon and Giulia M. Stellari are thrilled to help Local Dirt flourish as a natural extension to AgSquared's cloud-based farm management platform. “Our mission at AgSquared is to help farmers run their businesses more productively, more profitably, and more sustainably,” says Froikin-Gordon. “Local Dirt dramatically accelerates our efforts to build a direct connection between the field and the marketplace. We’re working hard to streamline farmers' sales pipelines and help buyers find local food. The acquisition of Local Dirt is a big step in that direction."

Local Dirt founder Hilleren has joined AgSquared as an advisor. "We're especially excited about working with Heather Hilleren – she's been a mentor to us, and an invaluable guide to the local food space and navigating government grant programs," says AgSquared co-founder Stellari. “She’s been supportive of AgSquared from the beginning, and we feel lucky to have her be a part of AgSquared.”

AgSquared's cloud-based farm planning, management and record keeping platform serves nearly 6,000 farmers in the US, Canada and 88 other countries, providing them with unprecedented visibility into their crop production practices, and enabling them to optimize their farms and improve their bottom lines.

Learn more about AgSquared at www.agsquared.com, and about Local Dirt at www.localdirt.com.

Please direct all media inquiries to info@agsquared.com.

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AgSquared Co-Founder Giulia Stellari recently spoke at the Beginning Farmer Learning Network Conference and the National Farm Viability Conference. At both conferences she talked about how farm business professionals and beginning farmer trainers and educators can use AgSquared as a tool to help their clients and students get their farms off to a good start by capturing organized and meaningful farm records.

At the Beginning Farmer Learning Network Conference Giulia had the chance to speak alongside Richard Wiswall about how to set up effective record keeping workflows on the farm. This topic is especially important for new and beginning farmers who can't rely on decades of experience to make adjustments to their farm production practices and who need records to help take their farms from fledgling operations to established businesses. Richard discussed his method for creating enterprise budgets, which are an extremely valuable tool that can help new farmers decide which crops are the major profit drivers on their farms. AgSquared helps farmers capture all the information they need to create farm enterprise budgets, and in the near future will help farmers make those enterprise budgets and compare their crops year after year.

At the National Farm Viability conference, Giulia had the opportunity to present about AgSquared alongside Erika Block of Local Orbit and Nicholas Bullock of Yankee Farm Credit in a session about technologies and tools that the farm support network can use to help growers succeed in the management of their farm businesses. Giulia provided the audience with background about AgSquared and shared case studies about how different farmers are benefiting from using the software.

The farm business professionals at both conferences can incorporate AgSquared into their farm consulting and training programs to help beginning farmers get off on the right foot, and to help existing farmers optimize their operations by improving their farms' efficiency and profitability.

Is there a certain educator, consultant or extension agent who has been helpful to you and your farm? If so, we’d like to get in touch with them to share information about AgSquared.  Please refer them to us by sending us an email with their names and contact information.
 

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AgSquared founders Jeff and Giulia were interviewed by Jane Black - a reporter for the Washington Post and WNYC - for the radio program New Tech City. In the conversation with Black, Giulia and Jeff got into the nitty-gritty of how AgSquared helps farmers run their businesses and why even small farms need technology to succeed.

Listen to their interview on the WNYC website.

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We’re excited to announce that AgSquared has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop new tools that will help small farm businesses operate more productively, more profitably and more sustainably.

In collaboration with the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University and Professor Laurie Drinkwater, AgSquared will utilize its NSF funds to improve our understanding of how crop rotations and the use of animal manures affect soil nutrient balance. This is a major challenge on mixed vegetable and organic operations - many of which use animal-based composts or manures - because organic sources of nutrients behave differently from the chemically-derived nitrogen sources used in conventional agriculture, and standard soil tests cannot be used to accurately estimate nutrient levels.

The goal of this project is to help growers make better decisions about when to apply nutrients to their crops and fields, and how much to apply. This will be achieved through the development of new software tools that help farmers predict soil nutrient content following different types of animal manure applications and different crop rotation schemes. Vegetable growers can then use the new soil nutrient management software tools to tailor the amount of compost and manure that they apply to their fields to maximize their yields while keeping costs low and protecting the environment. The first phase of the project will soon be underway and members of the AgSquared/Cornell team have conducted farm visits on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest to talk to farmers about their soil nutrient management practices and their challenges surrounding soil nutrient management. 

AgSquared was also awarded Phase II funds through USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  This grant follows the USDA SBIR Phase I grant which AgSquared was awarded in March of 2012 and which allowed AgSquared to research and prototype a harvest data capture mobile application. This application will allow farmers to quickly and easily capture information about how much of each of their crops they have harvested right from the packing house or the field. As the information is captured in the context of AgSquared it is automatically tied to all of the crop production information captured in AgSquared. AgSquared will use the SBIR funds to complete its work on the AgSquared harvest mobile app and ready it for public release in early 2014.

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  • 1 a major update for a new year

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback since we launched AgSquared beta one year ago. We’ve read your emails, talked with you at conferences and on the phone, visited your farms, and even held a small user workshop, all focused on learning how AgSquared can help you best manage your farm.

And when you speak, we listen.

In the coming months we’ll be releasing a series of updates that will make AgSquared more useful, more intuitive, and more powerful, so that you can run your farm more productively, more profitably, and more sustainably.

The first update will be coming within the month, and it’s a big one - you’ll see new and improved features throughout your AgSquared workbench. While we can’t list them all here, some of the biggest changes include:

Smart scheduling: Farms have some pretty unique scheduling issues. Have you ever planted early because of a warm spring? Or delayed spraying due to rain? With AgSquared’s new scheduling features if you need to reschedule one task, all following tasks can reschedule themselves automatically. Now your AgSquared calendar is smart enough to keep you on track with your ever-changing schedule, so you can stop trying to remember what needs to get done and just focus on getting things done.

Expanded record keeping: When you look back at a prior season, it’s valuable to know not only what you did and how you did it, but also what you saw and what you thought. With AgSquared’s expanded record keeping tools, you can take down not only detailed information about each activity (e.g. exactly how many pounds of manure did I spread per acre?), but also text notes, photos, and even any type of file at all, from audio recordings to spreadsheets, so you can capture whatever is most important to you. As always, these record keeping tools are integrated right into the AgSquared calendar, so you can keep records while you’re getting things done, and find them again whenever you need to.

Use your map: It turns out that most AgSquared users are spatial thinkers -- yes, you name your fields, but sometimes it’s more intuitive to just point to them on a map. So now when you’re planning a planting, scheduling an activity, or opening a journal entry, you can choose a location by just clicking on your map. And when one of your workers sees a task in the calendar, but they’re not quite sure where it’s supposed to take place, with a single click the map will pop open and show them in exactly which field or greenhouse the work needs to be done.

And this is just the beginning. We’re planning a series of regular updates over the course of the next year to add the most highly requested features: harvest records, mobile access, expanded crop planning calculators, built-in growing information for popular varieties, labor tracking, and cost accounting, to name just a few.

Want to see these new features in action? Sign up for one of our upcoming webinars.

We want to thank you, our users, for being so supportive of what we do, and for sharing so many of your great ideas. Keep the feedback coming, and let’s make 2013 the best farming season yet!

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AgSquared is on the road this winter! If you plan to attend any of this year’s crop of winter farming conferences, there is a good chance that you’ve met or will meet a member of the AgSquared team!

Drew Katz - AgSquared’s Director of User Support and Engagement - presented two workshops at the Snohomish County “Focus on Farming” conference this past November in Everett, Washington.  His first workshop on Farm Planning and Management included an in-depth tour of AgSquared’s online farm planning, management, and record keeping tools.  In the second workshop on Cost Accounting for Small Farmers Drew highlighted effective record keeping strategies for keeping track of farm costs on a crop-by-crop basis.  This was the first time AgSquared participated in a conference in Washington State, and it was exciting to be part of such a vibrant and well attended conference (over 500 participants!).

Giulia Stellari - AgSquared co-founder - presented a panel on Technologies for Farm Business Management and Sustainability at the Stone Barns Center Young Farmers Conference “Reviving the Culture of Agriculture” on December 14th. This workshop featured presentations from Adam Lemieux of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Dr. Laurie Drinkwater from Cornell University and Dr. John Hendrickson from the University of Wisconsin. The panel highlighted technologies that can help improve a farm’s bottom line and the sustainability of a farm’s operations, including high tunnels for season extension, spreadsheets for tracking your soil’s nutrient content and your farm’s labor hours per crop, and (of course) AgSquared.

Jeff Froikin Gordon - AgSquared co-founder - will be joining a discussion on the importance of farm record keeping and AgSquared at the Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, NY. Jeff’s workshop, Making the Case for Good Farm Record Keeping, is scheduled for January 22nd at 4PM. Please stop by and join the conversation.

That same week, Jeff will also be presenting a workshop on AgSquared at the 2013 EcoFarm conference in Monterey, CA. The workshop, Record Keeping Computer Programs for Organic Growers, will take place on January 26th at 8:30AM.  For those of you who are curious about what AgSquared can do and how it can help organic growers document their practices, this is the workshop for you.

Drew and Giulia will be a part of the trade show at the 2013 Southern SAWG conference from January 24th to January 26th in Little Rock, AK.  This is the first time the AgSquared team will be venturing to Arkansas so if you’re an AgSquared user and plan to attend please stop by and say hi - we’d love to meet you.

Jeff will be giving a tour of AgSquared at the 2013 Georgia Organics Conference “Farmer Rx - A Prescription for Better Health”. AgSquared will also be a part of the Georgia Organics trade show so please come to our workshop or stop by our booth to get your questions about AgSquared answered in person.

Drew will be co-presenting a workshop entitled Useful Record Keeping for Vegetable Growers at the Oregon Small Farms Conference in Corvallis, OR on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. Drew’s workshop will explore the respective advantages and disadvantages of paper and electronic record keeping, and include a presentation on AgSquared as well as record keeping resources developed by Josh Volk from Slow Hand Farm.

We hope to see you in person this winter!

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AgSquared is the subject of an article in the December 2012 issue of Acres USA!

In her article Emily Sides talks about the history of AgSquared's founding and the problems that Jeff and Giulia observed and that drove to develop farm planning, management and record keeping software for small farms. She also describes a few of AgSquared's most salient features and quotes from several AgSquared users about how the software has been helpful to their farms. We are proud to have been covered in one of the USA's premiere publications on sustainable agriculture

If you are an Acres USA subscriber please check out our article on p. 62.

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At AgSquared we’ve long said that we like to involve farmers in the software development process - this has been a tenet of how we decide what features to build and who should use them. This past July we took that idea to a whole new level by inviting farmers to a software design and development brainstorming session. The goal of our brainstorming was to design a mobile app that can be used to capture information about crop harvests right from the field.

Thanks to funding from the USDA’s SBIR program AgSquared was able to bring together 9 farmers from around the US to learn about how they manage harvests on their farms. Together the team of farmers came up with a design on paper that could capture and display the necessary information about their harvests on a mobile phone. The AgSquared software design and development team then build a working prototype overnight for the farmers to evaluate the following day, and collected feedback for further development. Bringing together farmers of different ages, backgrounds and levels of farming experience was critical to the success of the project and to designing a mobile app that will be useful on a broad range of farms.

This app will solve a critical problem for specialty crop producers, as many of these farmers currently record their harvests on paper - if at all. While paper is convenient because it is always on hand, there are serious drawbacks to using it for record keeping, since paper records can be lost or destroyed and are difficult to organize for uses such as food safety documentation, traceability, and organic certification. A mobile app for recording information is far more useful as it can easily be accessed from the field or the packhouse, since these days many farmers keep their mobile phones on hand even in the field. Furthermore, data captured through a mobile app can be linked to the rich crop history information already captured in AgSquared, making traceability and compliance certification a breeze.

AgSquared plans to release its harvest mobile app in spring / summer 2014.
 

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Jane Black covered AgSquared for her Smart Food column in the Washington Post!

Black's article talks about why better farm planning, management, and record keeping are critical to increasing the supply of sustainably grown food. She goes into depth on how improving farm profitability is the critical step when striving to build a sustainable farm business and a more sustainable food ecosystem.

We are humbled by the attention we've received and are proud to sustain small farmers as they work to create a more sustainable food system. 

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  • 5 live help sessions

User Support is something we take seriously at AgSquared, and we want to be sure that you have the opportunity to ask questions and have your voice be heard.  To make this possible, we are now offering Live Help Sessions to all of our users!

Live Help Sessions enable you to ask questions and have them answered in real time by the AgSquared User Support Team.  This is a great opportunity to have your burning questions answered on the spot, and to learn more about the software through other users’ questions.  Questions are submitted using a simple chat form, and will be answered by waiting AgSquared Staff either out-loud or by chat.

How you participate and engage in a Live Help Session is entirely up to you - you can come prepared with a list questions, or simply tune in, sit back, and follow along with the conversation.

To sign up for a session, please visit our Live Help Sessions page.

Please note: space is limited for each session, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

We encourage everyone to participate, and look forward to answering your questions!

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Wondering what you can do with AgSquared and how it can help you start your 2012 growing season off on the right foot? Do you have questions that you would like to share with the AgSquared team? Join us for one of our free interactive webinars!

AgSquared is now hosting hour-long training webinars several times each week. These webinars focus on how to get started using AgSquared, and will cover all the basics including how to set up your AgSquared account, map your farm, create a crop plan, and use the AgSquared calendar. Once you’ve completed an AgSquared training webinar you should be able to easily get started with AgSquared and will have learned new ways to streamline your farm planning, management, and record keeping.

If you are already familiar with AgSquared please know that we will be adding more workshops covering advanced functionality in just a short time, so stay tuned for updates on our webinar series.

If you would like to learn more about the webinars or sign up to attend a session, please visit our webinars page.

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  • 7 winter conferences

The AgSquared team is on the road this winter, attending a number of this year’s farming conferences. We look forward to meeting many of you at these events, answering questions and demoing the software at our conference booth.

We’ve developed a workshop on farm planning and management that we'll be presenting at the NOFA-NJ and MOSES winter conferences. Our highly interactive workshop is designed to help you think critically about information management on your farm so that you can identify the most valuable information to feed your decision-making processes, and develop a record keeping plan to make sure you capture that information. We’ve developed this workshop to share with others what we’ve learned about farm planning and management in the process of building AgSquared. We think that the group brainstorm and lively conversations among our workshop participants are a whole lot of fun, so please join us if you can!

For those of you who plan to attend a farming conference or two this winter, you can find us at the following conferences (click on the name of the conference to link to the conference website):
 

Great Plains Growers Conference
Thursday, January 5th to Saturday, January 7th
Fulkerson Conference Center, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
 

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference “Cultivating Change”
Saturday, January 28th to Sunday, January 29th
Friend Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Our workshop: “Building a Complete Picture of Farm Planning and Management” will take place on Saturday 01/28 at 3:30PM. Location to be announced.

ECOFARM 2012
Wednesday, February 1st to Saturday, February 4th
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
 

MOSES 2012
Thursday, February 23rd to Saturday, February 25th
La Cross Center, La Cross, WI

Our workshop: “Rethinking Farm Planning and Management” will take place on Friday 02/24 at 8:30AM. Location to be announced.
 

Follow us on Twitter to connect with us at the conferences and receive updated information about our booth location and workshops. Please stop by our booth or come to our workshop – we’d love to meet you!



 

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  • 8 get started today

Start the 2012 farming season off with AgSquared - create your account today!

We are proud to announce that after 7 months of testing with a group of 150 growers, and lots of feedback and tweaking, AgSquared is now live! We welcome all farmers to create their AgSquared accounts and begin their 2012 farming seasons with AgSquared.

Why sign up for AgSquared today? Because AgSquared is the only software program that is designed to manage all of your farm’s information, helping you see the big picture and make the best decisions for your farm.

By creating your AgSquared account today you’ll get access to our suite of easy-to-use software tools so that you can:

  1. Get a jump-start on creating your 2012 crop plans.
  2. Organize and keep track of all of the tasks and to-do items on your farm.
  3. Make 2012 the year that you get your record keeping in order.

Creating an AgSquared account is simple and only takes a few minutes. Every AgSquared account comes with a 3-month free trial – thanks to the generous support of Johnny’s Selected Seeds – so you have plenty of time to discover how useful and easy it is to use AgSquared for your farm planning, management and record keeping, before making any commitment.

Click here to create your AgSquared account.

Click here to read more about what you can do with AgSquared and see a demo video of AgSquared in action.


 

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AgSquared will be presenting a workshop at the upcoming NOFA Summer Conference, which will be held at the UMASS Amherst Campus in Amherst, MA, from Friday August 12th to Sunday August 14th. 

We’re very excited to have been invited back to the NOFA Summer Conference! Our workshop, “Getting Started with Farm Planning, Management and Record Keeping” will take place on Friday, August 12th from 2:00PM to 3:30PM in Conference Center Room 903.

Through our interactive workshop growers will build a deep understanding of the connection between farm planning, management, and record keeping. Our workshop participants will work together to diagram information flow and key decision points in the farm management process.  As a group, we will discuss where the information about a farm's history, which can be gleaned from farm records, can be used in the decision making process to foster greater sustainability, in every sense of the word, on the farm.

We hope to see many of you at our workshop.  

For those of you who are new to the NOFA Summer Conference, you can click on this link to find directions to Amherst and a downloadable map of the UMASS Amherst campus.

 
This year’s conference is sure to be a great event: check out the keynote speakers Eric Toensmeier and Ignacio Chapela, and the program lineup at the NOFA Summer Conference website
 
And don’t forget to stop by the AgSquared booth to say hi and see a demo of AgSquared in action!
 
 
 
 
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  • 10 beta test b

Nearly two months ago AgSquared quietly launched its first software release to a group of 50 farmers for in depth testing. Since then our beta testers have been using AgSquared to create their seeding plans and planting schedules, to map their farms, and to keep track of their operations on a day-to-day basis, creating a stream of farm records in the process. It has been quite a thrill for all of us on the AgSquared team to have real users testing out our software and giving us feedback for the very first time. We've stayed in close touch with our beta testers and have received lots of great feedback and suggestions. We are incredibly grateful to our beta testers for the time and energy that they have put into testing AgSquared.


Our beta testers are a varied group of growers running many different kinds of operations, from small mixed vegetable CSAs, to larger operations growing for a wide range of markets from farm stands to wholesale. This diversity allows us to make sure that AgSquared works at different scales and for many different kinds of operations.


We plan on adding more farms to our beta test in the near future as we prepare for our fall 2011 public launch. We’re continually improving AgSquared and adding new features, and would love your input on what we can do to make AgSquared perfect for your farm’s needs! If you are interested in joining the AgSquared beta test, please contact us via the POORLY FORMED LINK form and make sure to mention the beta test in your message.

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  • 11 2011 winter conferences

We had so much fun at this summer’s NOFA Conference that we couldn’t help but head to a couple more this winter.  AgSquared is honored to be speaking at two conferences in the next few weeks.  We’ll be talking about our favorite subject – helping farms organize their operations and keep useful records.  Our workshop, “Getting Started with Farm Planning & Management,” will both cover the basics of good farm management, and give participants a peek at our exciting farm planning and record keeping software.

Our first stop is going to be at the NOFA-NJ 2011 Winter Conference in Princeton, NJ, where we will be giving a workshop on Saturday, January 29th. We hope that if you are located in NJ or in Eastern PA you will consider attending the NOFA-NJ conference. If you happen to be at the conference and would like to say hi, send us a tweet so that we can find each other.

Then, a few days later, you will find us at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) 20th Annual Farming for the Future Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.  PASA is one of the largest conferences in the region, and we are thrilled to have been invited to speak to PASA farmers. Our workshop is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 5 (location TBA).  AgSquared is very proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of this year’s PASA conference. Look for us in the PASA conference book and please stop by to find our booth in the Penn Stater Exhibit Hall.

We hope to have the chance to meet many more farmers at this winter's conferences and we can't wait to talk with all of you about your planning and record keeping challenges, and how AgSquared can help.  Come say hello and ask us your planning and record keeping questions!

We’d like to thank both NOFA-NJ and PASA for inviting us to come meet and speak with their communities.  We can’t wait!

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  • 12 demo video

It's been a busy few months here at AgSquared. Since we last updated our blog we've been hard at work building the first set of AgSquared’s tools that will allow farmers to plan and manage their farms. We've made a ton of progress in the last few months, and now our launch date is just around the corner!   We’re so excited to give you a sneak peek at what we’re building that we've created this video to give you a glimpse of what AgSquared version 1.0 will look like.

(Note: the video is best viewed in full-screen mode so you can see all of the exciting details.)

As you can see from our demo video, AgSquared's first release is geared toward simplifying farm management for diversified vegetable growers. We know that these operations can be quite complicated and that farmers need to keep track of potentially hundreds of plantings, numerous inputs, and extensive labor requirements, and that all of this requires intensive planning and management. We believe that AgSquared will help to simplify these planning and management tasks and make the 2011 season more productive, profitable and sustainable.

There are many more exciting features in our development pipeline for the coming year. Keep an eye on this space to hear more about them as we develop them.

To all the farmers who have spent time helping us develop this first version of AgSquared, thank you.  We could not have done it without you.

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We love meeting farmers at farming conferences, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to attend the 2010 NOFA Summer Conference. This is the largest NOFA conference yet, and it is sure to be an inspiring and educational weekend. This year's conference will be held at the UMass Amherst Campus in Amherst, MA, from Friday August 13th through Sunday, August 15th. 

We're excited that the organizers of this year’s conference have invited us to host a workshop on our favorite topic, farm management and record keeping. Our workshop, entitled "Easy and Free Computerized Farm Record Keeping", will be on Sunday, August 15th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in room CC 805-09.  You can find directions to CC 805-09 by consulting this map of the UMass Amherst campus. 

We hope that our workshop will be a lively and engaging discussion on the topic of farm planning and management, and the role that good record keeping practices play in building a sustainable farm operation. In it we will highlight the challenges associated with keeping good records throughout the course of the growing season and using those records as a planning tool. We’ll also discuss the different solutions and approaches to management and record keeping that farmers currently use. Finally, we'll be showing a live demonstration of AgSquared's software, giving our workshop attendees a behind-the-scenes peak at what we have been working on and how our software addresses the challenges of making a good farm plan, managing a farm's day to day tasks, and keeping useful records.

We'd like to thank Ben Grosscup and all the NOFA staff and volunteers for putting together what will surely be an amazing weekend. We're very excited to be a part of the 2010 NOFA Summer Conference, and we hope to see you at our workshop!
 

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  • 14 fast company

AgSquared was recently featured on the Fast Company blog! Thank you Fast Company for naming AgSquared’s co-founders, Jeffrey S. Froikin Gordon and Giulia M. Stellari, among the top 5 social entrepreneurs of 2010.  We're honored to have been mentioned in the company of other entrepreneurs whose innovations are making a difference in their communities. Many thanks to all the farmers whose input has helped us shape AgSquared and its mission.

Read the complete article here.

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AgSquared took part in the NOFA-NY conference this past weekend!

We had such an awesome time at NOFA-NY. Everything, from the talks to the food - and especially the people - was fantastic. We met many wonderful farmers whose farm businesses represent a diverse set of operations types, farm sizes and crops. All had one hugely important thing in common: they are all seriously committed to their land and sustainability. For us here at AgSquared, we felt like we fit right in and were among family! 

We were also very fortunate to have a forum and some time to speak with many farmers one-on-one for in-depth conversations about their farm record keeping practices and management tasks. It was great to hear your thoughts, comments, and concerns about AgSquared’s software and our upcoming beta test. Thanks to all of you who joined in for our group discussion about AgSquared on Saturday afternoon, and thanks again to the organizers of NOFA-NY for making a conference room and time slot available to us for our meeting. 

Many thoughtful questions about computerizing farm records were asked and a number of interesting points were raised. One of the more frequent questions we were asked is, “Is everyone going to be able to get a beta test account and when?” We are using a beta test server with limited capacity which keeps our initial development costs low, so that we can keep AgSquared free! We will therefore be limited in the number of beta accounts that we can offer when we begin to test our software later this winter. As we grow, pick up momentum and build server capacity, we will be able to offer you beta test accounts at some point during the 2010 growing season. 

Another important question that was asked was, “Does your software support livestock and poultry operations?”  The answer to that question is, “Not yet, but we will soon!” If you would like to become an AgSquared beta tester to try out our future poultry- and livestock-specific features, sign up now, and when invited into the beta test, set up your farm’s account. There will be a place where you can specify what crops you grow and which animals you raise. As we build livestock- and poultry-specific functionality into the AgSquared software package, we’ll make sure to include you among the first who are invited to beta test these new features. 

We hope to have answered many of your questions at our meeting and in this blog post. If you have any thoughts, comments, or concerns, please POORLY FORMED LINK and send them our way!

All the best for a healthy and productive 2010 growing season, from your friends at AgSquared.

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