Central Valley Risk Management Project

The Central Valley Risk Management (CVRM) project activities focus on identifying and managing Production, Marketing and Financial Risk as well as Integrated Management Planning and developing Marketing Strategies through workshops, webinars and one-on-one technical assistance with the goal of providing risk management tools and guidance on how to make sound risk management decisions.  Project activities and outreach will target the eight county San Joaquin Valley region of California, the heart of California’s agricultural production, and directly serve 780 farmers.

 

Upcoming Activities

Workshops 
June 7, 2017 | Identifying and Managing Farming Production Risk - Bakersfield, CA 

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Kern County Farm Bureau, 801 S Mt Vernon Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307

Description: This workshop will help farmers identify, evaluate and manage production risks.  Production risk includes anything that directly affects the quantity and quality of your production. Farmers deal with a significant amount of uncertainty every day from not knowing what the weather will be like this year to wondering if the market prices will increase or decrease tomorrow. Agricultural producers are forced to make decision on imperfect information. Our experts will assist farmers in reducing their production risk by helping them understand the principals behind production costs, financial benchmarking, contract product, and assets management that includes leasing and renting.

Speakers: Dan Whisenhunt, AgCom, LLC; Don Cameron, Terranova Ranch; Todd Snider, Personal Ag Management; Tom Hunton, USDA Farm Service Agency

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 11, 2017 | Mitigating Financial Risk For Farming Operations - Fresno, CA

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1274 W Hedges Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

Description: This workshop will help all farmers identify, evaluate and manage financial risks.  There are many tools available to help farmers manage financial risk but which tool to use depends on the farmer’s individual situation and risk-bearing willingness and ability.  Our experts will assist farmers in reducing their financial risk showing them how to determine their financial situation through record keeping and analysis, cash and future pricing tools, input decision making strategies, and government programs available to help mitigate risk.

Agenda: Download agenda here.

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 19, 2017 | Integrated Management Planning for Farm Operators - Merced, CA 

Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Location: Merced County Farm Bureau, 646 CA-59, Merced, CA 95341

Description:  This workshop will help farmers mitigate farming operation risk by developing an integrated management plan through goal setting.  Integrated management is a method of managing the farm operation as a whole, rather than as separate, unrelated enterprises. Knowing your goals gives you a roadmap for success.  Our experts will assist farmers in developing goals that are SPECIFIC (focused and descriptive), MEASURABLE (benchmark to measure performance), ATTAINABLE (within reach of the operation), RELATED (goals are connected with other goals of operation), and TRACTABLE (manageable using existing resources).

Speakers: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 20, 2017 | Integrated Management Planning for Farm Operators - Hanford, CA

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Merced County Farm Bureau, 646 CA-59, Merced, CA 95341

Description:  This workshop will help farmers mitigate farming operation risk by developing an integrated management plan through goal setting.  Integrated management is a method of managing the farm operation as a whole, rather than as separate, unrelated enterprises. Knowing your goals gives you a roadmap for success.  Our experts will assist farmers in developing goals that are SPECIFIC (focused and descriptive), MEASURABLE (benchmark to measure performance), ATTAINABLE (within reach of the operation), RELATED (goals are connected with other goals of operation), and TRACTABLE (manageable using existing resources).

Speakers: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

August 2, 2017 | Developing a Marketing Strategy for Farm Operations - Turlock, CA

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Turlock, CA

Description: This workshop will help farmers develop a strategic marketing plan to reduce farm operation risk.  A marketing plan includes understanding you target market, your competitive position in that market, how you intend to reach that market, and what differentiates you from your competitors. As external factors influence the market, your plan may change so it needs to be flexible. Our experts will assist farmers in how to assess financial condition, goals and objectives, determine what price objective is needed to fulfill goals, understanding market outlook, understanding production risk and pricing tools available, and putting together an overall marketing strategy.

Speakers: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

August 3, 2017 | Developing a Marketing Strategy for Farm Operations - Tulare, CA    
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: International AgriCenter, 4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274

Description: This workshop will help farmers develop a strategic marketing plan to reduce farm operation risk.  A marketing plan includes understanding you target market, your competitive position in that market, how you intend to reach that market, and what differentiates you from your competitors. As external factors influence the market, your plan may change so it needs to be flexible. Our experts will assist farmers in how to assess financial condition, goals and objectives, determine what price objective is needed to fulfill goals, understanding market outlook, understanding production risk and pricing tools available, and putting together an overall marketing strategy.

Speakers: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

 Webinars
June 14, 2017 | Production Risk Management

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Live Online

Description:  Risk is an important aspect of the farming business. The uncertainties inherent in weather, yields, prices, Government policies, global markets, and other factors that impact farming can cause wide swings in farm income. This webinar will provide an overview of Production, Market, Financial, Institutional and Human risk, and choosing among alternatives that reduce financial effects that can result from such uncertainties.

Speaker: Dan Whisenhunt, AgCom, LLC

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 18, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Live Online

Description:  This webinar will help explain the importance of crop insurance. Crop insurance, the most popular risk management tool for farmers, is the key to their financial stability, enabling them to supply food and fiber to our country despite severe weather and other challenges that impact their business.

Speaker: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 6, 2017 | Marketing Risk Management

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Live Online

Description:  Marketing risks relate to the possibility that you will lose the market for your products or that the price received will be less than expected.  This webinar will discuss the most common factors that contribute to marketing risk as well as strategies that are readily available and you can impliment to mititigate your risk such as developing a marketing plan, joining a cooperative, direct marketing, entering sales contracts, and much more.

Speaker: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

July 19, 2017 | Financial Risk Management

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Live Online

Description:  Financial risks relate to not having sufficient cash to meet expected obligations, generating lower than expected profits, and losing equity in the farm.  This webinar will discuss causes of financial risks such as increased input costs, higher interest rates, excessive borrowing, higher cash demand for family needs, lack of adequate cash or credit reserves, and strategies to manage your financial risks.

Speaker: TBA

Fee: There is no fee to attend this event.

One on One Techinal Assistance
August 8, 2017 One-on-One Technical Assistance Meetings

TIme:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Visalia, Ca.  (Tulare County Farm Bureau)

5 experts available for prescheduled tech assistance meetings. 
August 9, 2017 One-on-One Technical Assistance Meetings

TIme:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Fresno, Ca  (Fresno County Farm Bureau)

5 experts available for prescheduled tech assistance meetings. 
August 10, 2017 One-on-One Technical Assistance Meetings

TIme:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Modesto, Ca  (Stanislaus County Farm Bureau)

5 experts available for prescheduled tech assistance meetings. 
August 11, 2017 One-on-One Technical Assistance Meetings

TIme:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Lodi, Ca  (Lodi Chamber)

5 experts available for prescheduled tech assistance meetings. 

 

Past Activities

World Ag Expo - February 15, 2017

Date:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hours:  11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location:  World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. 

Growing Sustainable Farms – Increase Profits, Mitigate Risk

Farming is a risky business! Small farms are the backbone of the local food systems, but many farmers and entrepreneurs lack the tools and resources necessary to scale up and meet the supply needs of large buyers. Opportunities are available to not only maintain a farming livelihood, but thrive in today’s dynamic market. Join our panel of experts and cultivate business skills and access to resources that will allow you to successfully launch or expand profitable agribusinesses and mitigate risk.

World Ag Expo Downloadables

Speaker Bios                                                                                                                                                             

  Powerpoints

 

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