Insurance Workshop Scheduled for Grand Island

It will cover both crop and livestock coverage.

A Nov. 7 insurance workshop at College Park in Grand Island will help participants sort through the details of crop and livestock insurance.

"Policy and Structural Changes Affecting Agricultural Risk" is jointly sponsored by extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University and Colorado State University. It will give producers, crop insurance agents, lenders and others the information they need to make smart risk management decisions, says Doug Jose, UNL farm management specialist.

"The information will help producers formulate the best plan for their needs," according to Jose. Grain merchandisers, farm managers, commodity brokers, crop consultants and financial advisers also should benefit from the workshop.

Presenters will include university agricultural economists and government specialists. Topics and speakers are:

  • Whither the Farm in the Farm Bill Debate?--Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist
  • Options, Livestock Risk Protection and Livestock Gross Margin--James Mintert, Kansas State Research and Extension state leader in agricultural economics.
  • The Future of the Ethanol Market--Michael Woolverton, Kansas State Extension visiting professor in agricultural economics
  • Crop Insurance in Transition: Combo Policies and Impacts of the Farm Bill--William Murphy, deputy administrator for Insurance Service, Risk Management Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • How Much Can I Afford to Pay for Harvest Price Option?--Art Barnaby, Kansas State Extension agricultural economist
  • Current Issues--Rebecca Davis, director, regional RMA office, Topeka, Kan.
  • Water Issues--Dave Griffith, Natural Resources Conservation Service water resources planner.

Application has been made to Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming insurance departments for continuing education credits.

Cost is $75 if postmarked by Nov. 2 and $90 after that date. For more information or to register, visit the Web at or call (800) 535-3456.

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