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Farm Policy and Risk Management Series

Michigan farmers need to manage many risks. Production risk brought on by weather, price risk from volatile markets, and even input cost risk can be challenging to manage. Insurance programs created by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were designed as a cost-effective means to aid farmers in managing or reducing impacts from these types of risks.
  
Throughout the fall, the Farm Policy and Risk Management Series will be hosting a FREE series of educational webinars online on USDA insurance programs. Each webinar session will focus on a specific Michigan production area (fruit, dairy, field crops, etc.). These sessions will review the basics of insurance programs and present how their use can benefit farm producers. This includes understanding the different policies, the ways each provides protection, and the advantages offered by each. Michigan farms can better manage potential risks by understanding which options best fit their specific challenges and needs.
  
Several sessions will feature guest speakers and/or panelists from within the insurance industry. Including Greenstone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Farm Bureau, several independent agencies, and university experts.

  • Fruit – Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Beef/Swine – Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Vegetables – Tuesday, December 12 at 1 p.m. ET
  • Dairy – Wednesday, December 20 at 1 p.m. ET
  • Late Breaking/Emergency Farm Bill Session – Tentatively on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET - Cancelled due to no new information on the farm bill.
  • Field Crops – Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Farm Bill Session #1 – Tuesday, January 23 at 1 p.m. ET
  • Farm Bill Session #2 – Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET

The series will conclude with a group of repeat sessions on Farm Bill programs. Historically presented in the past as “Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decisions – What Fits Your Farm,” these sessions will focus on “covered commodities” specific to Michigan growers. These have traditionally been focused on corn, soybeans, and wheat crops.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Jon LaPorte at 269-414-6418 or laportej@msu.edu.