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December 9, 2010: Volatility and the Livestock Industry

Written by admin on December 9th, 2010

Below are links to the PowerPoint slides presented by today’s speakers addressing the topic: Volatility and the Livestock Industry

Presenters include:
  * Gary Brester, Professor, Montana State University – Cattle Market Situation

  * John Hewlett, Ranch/Farm Management Specialist, University of Wyoming – Managing Volatility in Livestock Commodities
 
  Tools mentioned in John’s webinar presentation:
    – Farm Management Wiki: RDFinancial
    – Farm Management Wiki: Futures, Options, LRP Comparison
    – Farm Management Wiki: Cull Cow Marketing and Feeding Alternatives
    – Farm Management Wiki: LRP Lamb
    – Farm Management Wiki: Risk Navigator
    – RightRisk
    – USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)
 
 
Click on the links above to access the various PowerPoint presentations.

Recordings of the webinar presentations will be posted once they have been compiled under a separate listing.

 

December 8, 2010: Volatility in American Agriculture

Written by admin on December 8th, 2010

Below are links to the PowerPoint slides presented by today’s speakers addressing the topic: Volatility in American Agriculture

Presenters include:
  * Daniel Sumner, Director, University of California, Agricultural Issues Center, and Professor, University of California, Davis – Economics of Volatility in Agricultural Markets
  – Daniel Sumner’s volatility spreadsheets

  * Danny Klinefelter, Professor, Texas A&M University and Extension Economist, Texas AgriLife Extension – Managing Volatility in Agriculture
 
 
Click on the links above to access the various PowerPoint presentations.

Recordings of the webinar presentations will be posted once they have been compiled under a separate listing.

 

Managing Volatility In Agriculture Web Seminar Series

Written by admin on November 29th, 2010

Join us beginning December 8 for an engaging web seminar series on Managing Volatility in Agriculture. Each web seminar begins at 9:00 am Pacific, 10:00 am Mountain, 11:00 am Central and 12:00 pm Eastern.
The Ag in Uncertain Times web seminar series is fortunate to have presenters with a sound grasp of the issues surrounding volatility in markets and the tools that are available to help farms and ranches deal with the risks that follow. Agriculture has always faced ups and downs in prices. The rate of change of the factors impacting the agricultural economy seems to be accelerating. Volatility is a common discussion issue where ever farmers and ranchers or their lenders and accountants gather. If the future mimics the recent past, the importance of managing volatility will continue to grow for American agricultural producers.

December 8: Volatility in American Agriculture
Daniel Sumner, Ph.D., Director, University of California, Agricultural Issues Center, and Professor, University of California, Davis will set the context for the Managing Volatility in Agriculture seminar series on December 8 with an overview of the factors continuing to support volatility in ag and input markets. Danny Klinefelter, Ph.D., Professor, Texas A&M University and Extension Economist, Texas AgriLife Extension, will follow with a presentation on the management principles that all producers can apply to their farm and ranch businesses to help manage the variety of risks associated with farm product and input price volatility.

December 9: Volatility and the Livestock Industry
Gary Brester, Ph.D., Professor, Montana State University and John Hewlett, Farm/ Ranch Management Specialist, University of Wyoming will address both sources and causes of volatility in livestock markets over the past 12 months as well as, anticipated changes through the coming year on an international, national, and regional level. An outline of the position that livestock sector participants should take to best weather the coming swings in U.S. livestock markets will conclude the session.

December 15: Volatility and Grains
Ed Allen, International Grains Team, USDA-ERS and Duane Griffith, Extension Farm Management Specialist, Montana State University will address current conditions and future volatility in the grain markets and explain how this type of volatility provides new marketing opportunities for producers. A review of tools available to take advantage of relatively high markets, when they appear, will also be covered.

December 16: Volatility and Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Roberta Cook, Ph.D., Marketing Economist, University of California, Davis, will lead this session by highlighting and discussing major risk factors, issues and trends causing volatility in the fruit and vegetable industry while presenting strategies for the industry to be successful in the 21st century. Kynda Curtis, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Utah State University will provide an overview and discuss several management tools available to minimize the risk and volatility to a fruit and vegetable producing operation.

Links will be provided by the panel for additional information and resources available to participants.

Who Should Attend?
Agricultural lenders, producers, producer organizations, not-for-profit organizations, extension specialists and educators, agency personnel, crop insurance industry personnel, policy makers, and Ag College Leaders.

To Participate:
• No pre-registration is required, however each seminar is limited to 500 users. Sign- on is first come.
• Equipment needed:
– A computer with speakers/headphoneso A high speed internet connection (LAN, DSL/cable modem, high-speed wireless)
• To join a seminar, visit:
www.msuextensionconnect.org/aginuncertaintimes.
• This web link opens a screen that has the Enter as a Guest option selected. Use this option and enter your name and then click on the Enter Room button.
• The start time for all seminars in this series is 9:00 am Pacific. Please log on a few minutes early to view information about how to ask presenters questions and to make sure your audio is working.
• Prior to the meeting date and time, test your computer’s ability to communicate with the system we will use. Visit
AgInUncertainTimes.FarmManagement.org and click on the Test Your Internet Connectivity link on the right hand edge of this page. Follow the instructions provided.

For other inquiries, please contact the WSU Western Center for Risk Management Education 509-477-2196, westrme.wsu.edu.

 

VOLATILITY IN AGRICULTURE

Written by admin on November 19th, 2010

PLEASE SCHEDULE THE DATE TO JOIN A WEB SEMINAR SERIES ON MANAGING VOLATILITY IN AGRICULTURE.

A hard hitting, applied, Web Seminar series on Managing Volatility in Agriculture will be held December 8,9,15, and 16. The four, one hour, interactive segments, will be kicked off on December 8 with presentations on the short and long term pressures creating volatility, and a discussion on how and why producers should approach their businesses to manage the sharp ups and downs much of American Agriculture is experiencing.

Each one hour presentation consists of:
• Two leaders with knowledge and experience as presenters
• An outline of the issues to be discussed
• Identifying tools that producers can use in their decision making
• Time for interaction with presenters on each segment.

Details on the program including speakers and how to join the web seminar will follow in two weeks. If you want to make sure you don’t miss the next announcement, please send an email to, jnewkirk@wsu.edu, with a simple statement, “Let me Know”.

Seminar Segments: (Each segment starts at 9 AM Pacific)
• December 8: Volatility in American Agriculture; Causes, Insights, and Management Principles
• December 9: Volatility and the Livestock Industry
• December 15: Volatility and Grains
• December 16: Volatility and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (tools with an emphasis on food safety)

The Web Seminar series is organized and produced by the award winning Western Extension Committee’s Ag in Uncertain Times Team:

Duane Griffith, Montana State University
John Hewlett, University of Wyoming
Trent Teegerstrom, University of Arizona
Ramiro Lobo, University of California Extension
Jeffery Tranel, Colorado State University
John Nelson, Washington State University Extension
and

Jon Newkirk, Extension Economist and Western Center Director
Washington State University Extension
Western Center for Risk Management Education
222 N Havana
Spokane, WA 99202
jnewkirk@wsu.edu

 

Ag In Uncertain Times wins awards. . .

Written by admin on November 11th, 2010

September, 2010

A project developed to help producers succeed in challenging times has received three awards from the extension service and economics associations.

Ag in Uncertain Times – helping producers and others meet the challenge is a comprehensive Web site and webinar-series under development by the Cooperative Extension Service in seven Western states to assist producers and other ag-related professionals address changing economic conditions.

“We live and operate in uncertain times,” said John Hewlett, UW extension farm and ranch management specialist. “Unstable markets, high input costs, the falling dollar, low credit availability, bank failures, and a thousand other risks add to the uncertainty of production agriculture.”

Other team members include: Duane Griffith, Montana State University, Ramiro Lobo-University of California, Davis, John Nelson and Jon Newkirk, Washington State University, Trent Teegerstrom, University of Arizona, Jeff Tranel, Colorado State University, and Bob Craven, University of Minnesota.

The program has been recognized for:
1) the 2010 Award of Excellence for a Multi-State Program by the Western Extension Directors,
2) the 2010 Outstanding Extension Program Award for Project by the Western Agricultural Economics Association, and
3) the Outstanding Electronic Media Award for 2010 by the Extension Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (national award).

Ag in Uncertain Times was developed as a five part-series to address some of the most important topics in the areas of credit, markets and overall risk, said Hewlett. “Across each of these topics, three essential questions were addressed by the speakers: 1) Where are we? 2) Where do we want to go? and 3) How do we get there?”

“Seventeen webinars were hosted by the team from June through December 2009. Forty speakers provided the presentations and materials to populate the project’s Internet pages,” said Hewlett.

Roger Coupal, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, praised the effort in his letter of nomination.

“It is clear that the Ag In Uncertain Times project has addressed a timely need,” he said. “Difficult times are already faced by several sectors of the agriculture industry. The project team was able, using current technologies, to assemble several panels of nationally known speakers to address five major topic areas. Furthermore, the team utilized a number of evolving and only recently available technologies to optimize the impact and reach of the programming efforts.”

The project includes handout material and recordings of various presenters, but also offers teaching videos, wiki pages and webinars describing how to utilize the recorded webinars to reach local audiences.

“In a word, I would describe this effort as truly innovative and demonstrates an extraordinary extension team effort to address the difficult times faced by agricultural enterprise managers across the United States,” said Coupal.

 

Classroom presentations, Current Economic Events, Speakers for Ag Producers, Uncertain Times in Agriculture. . . .

Written by admin on January 27th, 2010

Looking for a classroom speaker?
Need someone to address the challenges facing today’s agricultural producers?
Have only a short time slot but would really like to offer a nationally-known speaker at your event?
Don’t know where to turn?

Ag in Uncertain Times is a series of 17 webinars offered since June 2009, featuring 40 separate speakers/presentations. Each webinar was presented in a live event but was also recorded for later presentation opportunities. Additional presentations are being planned now for Spanish-speaking audiences.

The presentations addressed 5 major topic areas:
– Operating in the face of uncertain credit
– Operating in the face of uncertain markets
– Families facing uncertainty in agriculture
– Operating in Risky Environments
– Managing Ag Enterprises in Uncertain Times

Each topic area addressed 3 Essential questions:
– Where are we?
– Where do we want to go?
– How do we get there?

More information on the topics covered and speakers is available (for free) at http://AgInUncertainTimes.FarmManagement.org.

The recorded webinars may be embedded into a PowerPoint show or presented in their entirety. The last Ag In Uncertain Times webinar discussed how a person might use these materials for further instruction. In addition, a wiki page was created with specific instructions on how you can do this yourself. For detailed instructions see: http://farmmanagement.org/Wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Ag+In+Uncertain+Times&structure=Webinars

Logos of participating institutions

 

December 16th Webinar Recordings

Written by admin on December 16th, 2009

Managing Ag Enterprises in Uncertain Times: How Do We Get There?

Pulling it All Together

The links below are to the recorded session of the Ag In Uncertain Times December 16thth webinar. Clicking on the icon for either the videoVideo Playback Button or audio-onlyAudio Playback Button version will stream the recording to your location. Download and start times will vary depending on your connection speed. Please be patient, as there may be a delay before the video start button appears on the screen.

Sections for this webinar include:

* Introduction and Background information– Emcee Ramiro Lobo
* Speakers:
   John Nelson on Enhancing Your Educational Efforts
   Trent Teegerstrom on Getting and Using the Information and Tools
   Jon Newkirk on What Have We Learned?
* Q & A session and Closing Comments


Webinar Opening Comments - 5 minutesWebinar Opening Comments - 5 minutes Webinar Opening Comments- Emcee Ramiro Lobo
John Nelson on Enhancing Your Educational Efforts - 4 minutesJohn Nelson on Enhancing Your Educational Efforts - 4 minutes John Nelson on Enhancing Your Educational Efforts
Trent Teegerstrom on Getting and Using the Information and Tools - 20 minutesTrent Teegerstrom on Getting and Using the Information and Tools - 20 minutes Trent Teegerstrom on Getting and Using the Information and Tools
Jon Newkirk on What Have We Learned? - 19 minutesJon Newkirk on What Have We Learned? - 19 minutes Jon Newkirk on What Have We Learned?
Q & A following speaker presentations - 18 minutesQ & A following speaker presentations - 18 minutes Q & A following speaker presentations
Complete Webinar - 64 minutes Compliation of the ENTIRE webinar audio

 

December 16 – Managing Ag Enterprises in Uncertain Times: How Do We Get There?

Written by admin on December 16th, 2009

Below are links to the PowerPoint slides presented by today’s speakers addressing Pulling it All Together.

Presenters include:
* John Nelson on Enhancing Your Educational Efforts
* Trent Teegerstrom on Getting and Using the Information and Tools
  Slides 001
  Slides 002
  Slides 003
  Slides 004
  Slides 005
  Slides 006
  Slides 007
* Jon Newkirk on What Have We Learned?

Click on the presenter’s name to access the PowerPoint presentation.

Recordings of the webinar presentations will be posted once they have been compiled under a separate listing.

 

December 16th Webinar – How Do We Get There? Pulling it All Together

Written by admin on December 15th, 2009

If you make presentations, provide education or training, and want to include excellent information from a range of experienced and knowledgeable individuals, this is a webinar you will not want to miss. Wednesday’s Ag In Uncertain Times webinar will focus on the wealth of materials that are valuable to assist farm and ranch families for getting through these “uncertain times”.

The Ag In Uncertain Times team will demonstrate how to access the materials that are available on the web, how to integrate them into a presentation, and take the mystery out of how to make the best use of web based materials in educational programs.

To Participate Live in the Webinars: (no pre-registration is required – first come – 500 seats available)

Equipment you will need: A computer that has a set of speakers and a high speed internet connection (LAN, DSL/Cable Modem, High speed wireless).

Link to access the live webinar at:
http://www.msuextensionconnect.org/aginuncertaintimesenglish/
This web link opens a screen that has the “Enter as a Guest” option selected. Use this option and enter your name and then click on the “Enter Room” button.

The start time for all webinars in this series is 9 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 12 noon Eastern. Please log on a few minutes early to view information about how to ask presenters questions and to make sure your audio is working.

Prior to the meeting date and time, test your computers ability to communicate with the system we will use. Visit the link below and then click on the “Test Your Internet Connectivity” link on the right hand edge of this page. Follow the instructions provided.

 

December 9th Webinar Recordings

Written by admin on December 9th, 2009

Managing Ag Enterprises in Uncertain Times: Where Do We Want To Go?

Resources Available from the Regional Centers for Risk Management Education

The links below are to the recorded session of the Ag In Uncertain Times December 9thth webinar. Clicking on the icon for either the videoVideo Playback Button or audio-onlyAudio Playback Button version will stream the recording to your location. Download and start times will vary depending on your connection speed. Please be patient, as there may be a delay before the video start button appears on the screen.

Sections for this webinar include:

* Introduction and Background information– Emcee Jon Newkirk
* Speakers:
   Jon Newkirk – Western Center for Risk Management Education, Washington State University Extension
   HL Goodwin – Director of the Southern Risk Management Education Center, University of Arkansas
   Don Tilmon – Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, University of Delaware
   Dave Goeller – Director of the North Central Center for Risk Management Education, University of Nebraska
   Bob Craven – Center for Farm Financial Management and Digital Risk Management Education Center, University of Minnesota
* Q & A session and Closing Comments


Webinar Opening Comments - 6 minutesWebinar Opening Comments - 6 minutes Webinar Opening Comments- Emcee Jon Newkirk
Jon Newkirk on the Western Center for Risk Management Education - 16 minutesJon Newkirk on the Western Center for Risk Management Education - 16 minutes Jon Newkirk on the Western Center for Risk Management Education
HL Goodwin on the Southern Risk Management Education Center - 18 minutesHL Goodwin on the Southern Risk Management Education Center - 18 minutes HL Goodwin on the Southern Risk Management Education Center
Don Tilmon on the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education - 13 minutesDon Tilmon on the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education - 13 minutes Don Tilmon on the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education
Dave Goeller on the North Central Center for Risk Management Education - 19 minutesDave Goeller on the North Central Center for Risk Management Education - 19 minutes Dave Goeller on the North Central Center for Risk Management Education
Bob Craven on the Center for Farm Financial Management and Digital Risk Management Education Center - 15 minutesBob Craven on the Center for Farm Financial Management and Digital Risk Management Education Center - 15 minutes Bob Craven on the Center for Farm Financial Management and Digital Risk Management Education Center
Q & A following speaker presentations - 19 minutesQ & A following speaker presentations - 19 minutes Q & A following speaker presentations
Complete Webinar - 104 minutes Compliation of the ENTIRE webinar audio