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Vermont Farm Bureau Invites Vermont Farmers to Free Agritourism Workshop
Vermont Farm Bureau will be hosting a free Agritourism Workshop on March 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagles Club at 1233 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, Vermont. The workshop includes three different panels to create a more thorough understanding of the industry for the farming community who may wish to pursue an agritourism-based business. A team of specialist involved in advising, promoting, defining and enforcing local town ordinances associated with agritourism will start the workshop. Farmers involved will follow. They will share their experiences, joys and challenges of running an agritourism business. A team of Nationwide Insurance Farm Certified representatives will present possible liability issues of running a farm based business. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event but attendees must RSVP by March 23 to gwheelervfb@gmavt.net or 802-434-5646.

Mid-Atlantic’s Top Bulls Offered at PA Livestock Evaluation Center Performance Tested Sale
Beef producers can buy some of the best genetics in the region during the annual bull sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, on March 31 at noon. Consignors will offer 102 bulls representing the Angus, Simmental, Hereford, Red Angus, British White, Charolais and Shorthorn breeds, as well as Limflex and SimAngus composite breeds, at the 44th Performance-Tested Bull Sale. The auction will be broadcast at CowBuyer.com.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Remains Strong in March
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) released the March 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 71.1, easing from the February index of 72.2 but remaining among the highest levels of the last two years. The overall MCI-EFI is 71.1, a decrease from the February index of 72.2.