Risk management training set for farmers

The Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will offer a three-day Risk Management Training to area farmers and ranchers.

The first class Nov. 27 begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The same participants are expected to attend the other classes held Jan. 15 and Feb. 26.

The day-long workshops will be held at the S.J. Parker Extension Complex at UAPB.

“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,” said Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program.

Although this will be useful to all producers, 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.

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.

The classes are sponsored by UAPB, Alcorn State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and the National Crop Insurance Services.

Details: Contact Henry English at (870) 575-7246 or englishh@uapb.edu .