Disaster recovery, the farm bill, trade and hemp will be among the topics featured at the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s 2019 Crop Insurance Workshop taking place Nov. 1 in Enid.
“We’ve designed the program to help crop insurance agents, financial advisers, marketing consultants, grain merchandisers, commodity brokers, agricultural educators and others better serve clients in making more profitable risk management decisions,” said Trent Milacek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area agricultural economist headquartered in Enid.
“Farmers and ranchers likewise can attend and pick up valuable information and decision-making tools they can apply to their specific operations,” he said. “The workshop is part of a multi-state Cooperative Extension effort being conducted in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.”
Cost is $100 per participant if registering by Oct. 26, and $120 per participant thereafter. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is acting as the central registration unit for the four-state effort. Online registration is available at http://cropinsure.unl.edu by clicking on “Workshop Registration.” Phone assistance is available by calling 402-472-1742.
The Nov. 1 meeting will take place at the Autry Technology Center, located at 1201 W. Willow Road in Enid. On-site registration and coffee will begin at 8 a.m. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and run through mid-afternoon.
The 9 a.m. session will focus on how to best prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Insights will be provided by a panel of experts from OSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency.
Amy Hagerman, OSU Cooperative Extension agricultural and food policy specialist, then will lead participants through key aspects of current U.S. farm policy.
Kim Anderson, OSU Cooperative Extension grain marketing specialist, and Derrell Peel, OSU Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist, will conclude the morning agenda with the most up-to-date market outlooks for grain and livestock, respectively.
Following lunch, OSU Cooperative Extension agricultural policy specialist Larry Sanders will help workshop participants better understand and plan for effects associated with ongoing U.S. trade policies.
Monte Vandeveer, Kansas State University Extension agricultural economist, then will showcase how to maximize farm crop enterprise protection by using crop insurance and hedging.
Scott Clawson, OSU Cooperative Extension area agricultural economist headquartered in Muskogee, will lead the day’s final session, concentrating on hemp policy and associated risk management.
“We ask participants to preregister as soon as possible as it greatly aids our planning and helps ensure we have sufficient conference materials, meals and refreshments on hand,” Milacek said.
In addition to the Nov. 1 Oklahoma workshop, similar events are scheduled for Brush, Colorado on Oct. 29; Grand Island, Nebraska on Oct. 30; and Salina, Kansas on Oct. 31.
The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is one of two state agencies administered by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and is a key part of the university’s state and federally mandated teaching, research and Extension land-grant mission.