Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will offer Risk Management Training classes to area farmers and ranchers Nov. 27; Jan. 15, 2013; and Feb. 26, 2013.
The training classes will consist of three, day-long workshops at the S. J. Parker Extension Complex on the UAPB campus. The same farmers and ranchers are expected to attend all three days. The first class on Tuesday, Nov. 27, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. with workshops getting underway at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
“With yearly droughts, increases in fuel and fertilizer costs, heir property issues, unexpected health problems and funding difficulties, being proactive and having a risk management plan in place is crucial to success in farming today,” says Dr. Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program.
Although this will be useful to all producers, Dr. English especially recommends it to beginning farmers and ranchers. Those who take the course will learn business planning principles for successful risk management decision making and will develop an individual risk management plan for their operations. This will include a personal business plan with specific actions for developing risk management strategies.
Training classes include formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on activities and take home assignments. Extension educators will attend the workshops and will help participants on an individual basis with their take-home assignments.
Class size is limited and acceptance is on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact your local Extension associate.
Extension associates are Arlanda Jacobs (870) 587-6771 – Lee, Phillips, Monroe and Arkansas counties; Carolyn Prowell (870) 489-5585 – St. Francis, Woodruff, Crittenden, Cross, Mississippi and Jackson counties; Janet Breckenridge (870) 489-2236 – Chicot, Desha, Drew and Ashley counties; Kandi Williams (870) 774-0446 – Miller, Little River, Hempstead, Sevier and Lafayette counties; or Stephan Walker (870) 575-7237 – county agent for Jefferson, Lonoke, Lincoln and Pulaski counties. Those elsewhere can contact Dr. English at (870) 575-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The S.J. Parker Extension Complex is located at the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road near the new UAPB football stadium.
Risk Management Training Classes are sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Alcorn State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and the National Crop Insurance Services.