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Nominations and applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 Russell County Leadership program. This 9-month program is an opportunity for young professionals in Russell County to develop business skills, get involved in the community, and contribute to the vitality of rural Kansas.
Registration is now open for a four-part workshop designed to help farmers and ranchers deal with uncertainty of fluctuating grain and operational input prices. The Midway Extension District will be hosting this program at the Wilson senior center in Wilson, Kansas.
Risk Management Skills for Kansas Women in Agriculture will focus on topics such as determining cost of production, developing a marketing plan, purchasing crop insurance, and participating in farm programs (ARC/PLC).
The goal of this programming series is for participants to acquire risk management skills they can apply directly to their own farming operations. Other special topics will include managing stress, being resilient in tough times, and communicating effectively with family members.
LaVell Winsor, a farm analyst with K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics, said managing risk on the farm is critical to long-term sustainability. But, she adds, “little did we know several months ago when we started planning these sessions that we would see commodity prices with so much volatility, coupled with extraordinarily high input prices.”
The four-part workshop series will be held on the following dates:
January 12th 2022: Local networking; enterprise budgeting.
January 19th 2022: Crop insurance; stress and resiliency.
January 26th 2022: Crop marketing; family communication.
Febuary 2nd 2022: Farm bill programs; special speaker and awards.
All sessions will be in person. Hands-on activities follow a discussion on each topic. An optional fifth session is scheduled for Febuary 23rd to cover beef cow/calf risk management focusing on enterprise budgeting, cattle marketing and cow/calf insurance options.
While the program is designed to highlight women’s issues in agriculture, it is open to any participant without regard to gender. The series costs $50 if registered by December 31st.
Registration includes all meals and program materials. After December 31st, the cost increases to $75. The optional Febuary 23rd session costs an additional $10, or $15 if a participant only wants to attend that session. Register to attend by clicking this link https://www.agmanager.info/events/risk-management-skills-kansas-women-agriculture Please contact Midway Extension District agents Craig Dinkel, Clinton Laflin, or Jessica Kootz for more information, or registration assistance 785-472-4442 or 785-483-3157.