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Production agriculture is currently facing very challenging economic times. As market prices for many major commodities have decreased from their high levels of a few years ago, costs of many major production inputs used to produce agricultural commodities continue to rise.

Net farm income is likely projected to decline in 2016. Keeping farm operations economically viable during adverse market conditions requires producers to make well-informed farm management decisions in a wide variety of areas, including crop enterprise selection, production and marketing, as well as incorporating the right combination of supplemental revenue sources from a wide variety of farm commodity and conservation programs and credit sources.

This workshop will inform and educate agricultural lenders in the state on the various farm management decisions and risks that crop producers face today, the production and marketing alternatives available to them, farm program and conservation programs that can benefit their farming operation, as well as valuable information resources that can benefit and support well-informed crop production decisions.

October 11: Crowley Registration

October 13: Alexandria Registration

October 18: West Monroe Registration

Enterprise Selection and Production Decisions

Managing Agricultural Risk

Understanding Commodity Market Dynamics

Crop Enterprise Selection and Production Decisions

Farm Planning on an Annual, Short Run and Long Run Basis

Marketing and Capital Investment Decisions

Short Run and Long Run Farm Financial Health

Developing A Marketing Plan

Crop Insurance and Farm Program Decisions

Conservation and Planning Programs

Crop Insurance

9:00 a.m. Welcome to the Conference - LSU AgCenter, USDA-FSA, USDA-NRCS, SU AgCenter

9:10 a.m. Louisiana Farm Bureau - Kyle McCann

9:15 a.m. Farm Services Agency Programs – Steve Dooley

9:40 a.m. Natural Resources Conservation Services Programs - Darren Boudreaux

10:05 a.m. Panel representing Crop advisors, Crop Input Suppliers, Equipment Dealers, Risk Management Insurance, Producers

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Crop Economic Decision Making – LSU AgCenter Ag Economists

  • Crop Enterprise Selection and Productivity - Dr. Mike Salassi
  • Crop Insurance and Farm Programs - Dr. Michael Deliberto
  • Marketing and Capital Investments - Dr. Kurt Guidry

Noon Lunch

12:15 p.m. Disaster Relief & 2017 Outlook

  • Louisiana Dept. of Ag & Forestry – Rene Simon (LAFA Director)

1.00 p.m. Opportunities for Speaker /Audience Networking and Discussion

Sponsored by:

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture