Farmers, ranchers focus of risk management classes

Risk Management training classes for farmers and ranchers will be held Nov. 27; Jan. 15, 2013, and Feb. 26, 2013, by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Small Farm Program.

The series of three daylong workshops will be held at the S. J. Parker Extension Complex on the UAPB campus. All three classes are needed for the complete course.

The Nov. 27 session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.; workshops begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Dr. Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program, said the program is useful to all producers but is especially recommended for beginning farmers and ranchers.

"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," English said in announcing the classes.

The course covers business-planning principles for successful risk management decision-making. Participants will develop an individual risk management plan including a personal business plan for developing risk management strategies.

Training includes formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on activities and take-home assignments.

Extension educators will be present to help individuals on take-home assignments.

Class size is limited; pre-registration is required and is first-come-first-served.

To pre-register contact Stephan Walker (870) 575-7237, county agent for Jefferson, Lonoke, Lincoln and Pulaski counties.

The S.J. Parker Extension Complex is 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.