ACS Conference 2016 Grant Opportunity

At our February 2016 the Guild committed to offering at least three ACS Conference Grants for Guild members to attend this year’s American Cheese Society conference in

Des Moines, Iowa July 27th through the 30th.

The grants would pay for the Early Bird conference fee of around $500, which would be roughly a third of total expenses for attending (you would be responsible for your ACS Membership, travel and lodging expenses). Grant recipients are then required to write and publish at least one detailed review of a workshop or educational experience they participated in at the conference to share with the rest of the Guild.

If you can commit to attending the ACS Conference this summer and would like to apply for a guild Grant to do so, please write

—one paragraph describing you and your cheese experience,
—and one paragraph describing what you seek to gain by attending the ACS conference;
—your name and contact info;
—send to info@mainecheeseguild.org with the subject “Guild Grant Request” BEFORE our April 11th meeting.

At that meeting the group will discuss the number of folks seeking a grant, and given our current finances how many grants the Guild can afford to offer. If there are more grant seekers than grants available, the Guild board will review the applications and choose whom will receive Grants before Early Bird registration starts on May 4th.

In the past the Guild has offered to pay the entry fee for any Guild member’s first ACS competition entry, and the Guild has also assembled a group shipment of all Guild entries into the competition. These items will be discussed and budgeted at the April meeting, and the decisions will be announced to the full Guild right after that.

Maine Cheese Guild Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday, April 11th in WHITEFIELD

CHANGE IN LOCATION

Jessie Dowling of Fuzzy Udder Creamery will be hosting our April meeting on Monday, April 11th between 10am and 2pm.

At the meeting we will have a website training with our web designer, Jennifer Pierce;  we will talk about the ACS conference in July, and hear more about what the outreach committee has been up to this winter.  We’ll have our new bumper stickers to distribute.

There will also be a brief discussion about possible sites for the cheese festival at the end of the meeting. There will also be lots of cute lambs and kids to snuggle with.

The address is:
35 Townhouse Road
Whitefield, ME 04353

Phone: 549-3817

I hope you can join us.

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Workshop

Estate Planning & Generational Transfer Seminar

Thursday, February 4, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Augusta, Maine

This workshop will help farm and forest product families minimize business succession risk and make informed decisions about intergenerational transfer of farmland and farm businesses. The workshop will address details on transition planning, retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and determining your goals to address transfer planning and business transition.

Cost: $15 (includes handouts)

Location: Maine Forest Products Council Bldg (lower level), 535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330

Click here for more information and to register.