USDA Risk Management Agency Project

The Central Valley Risk Management (CVRM) project delivers crops insurance education and risk management training for farmers and ranchers, including limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally under-served agricultural producers in central California.  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.  Project partners will take on a key role in assisting with outreach to existing networks of farmers matching target demographics.

Project activities will increase participants understanding of Risk Management by 50%, and build the capacity of farmers to identify risk and develop/implement a risk mitigation plan.  Select workshops and webinars will also be offered in Spanish and Hmong.

 

Registration Coming Soon for the events listed below!

Upcoming Activities

Workshops 

 

 May 2, 2017 Agricultural Risk Management Solutions

Hours:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

Location:  Fresno, Ca  (Fresno Co FB)

This workshop will help farmers identify, evaluate and manage market risks. Farmer's face an uncertainty when it comes to market prices. They have little control over the market forces that drive commodity prices such as production levels, supply and demand, etc. that can cause large shifts in prices and their bottom line. This workshop will identify the challenges farmers face as well as disclose the management tools, strategies and government programs that are available to mitigate your risk.

May 3, 2017 Agricultural Risk Management Solutions

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  TBD
This workshop will help all farmers identify, evaluate and manage market risks. Farmer face an uncertainty when it comes to market prices. They have little control over the market forces that drive commodity prices such as production levels, supply and demand, etc. that can cause large shifts in prices and their bottom line. This workshop will identify the challenges farmers face as well as disclose the management tools, strategies and government programs that are available to mitigate your risk.
 
May 17, 2017 Mitigating Financial Risk for Farming Operations

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Visalia, Ca  (Tulare County Farm Bureau)

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.
May 18, 2017 Mitigating Financial Risk for Farming Operations

 Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Madera, Ca  (Madera County Farm Bureau)

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.
June 6, 2017 Identifying and Managing Farming Production Risk

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Modesto, Ca  (Stanislaus County Farm Bureau)

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.
June 7, 2017 Identifying and Managing Farming Production Risk

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Bakersfield, Ca  (Kern County Farm Bureau)

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.

June 20, 2017 Integrated Management Planning for Farm Operators

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Merced, Ca  (Merced County Farm Bureau)

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).

June 21, 2017 Integrated Management Planning for Farm Operators

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Hanford, Ca  (Kings County Farm Bureau)

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).
July 12, 2017 Developing a Marketing Strategy for Farm Operations

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  TBD

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.
July 13, 2017 Developing a Marketing Strategy for Farm Operations

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  Tulare, Ca (International Agricultural Center)

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.

 

 Webinars
May 3, 2017 - Risk Management Overview

Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

May 9, 2017 - Production Risk Management

Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

This webinar will discuss various forms of Production Risk that includes weather, insects, disease, technology and any other events that directly affect crop production quantity and quality. Our expert will also outline many of the various tools that are available to help reduce production risk and increase profitability.

May 11, 2017 - Crop Insurance

Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

May 24, 2017 Risk Management Overview (Spanish)

Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

May 25, 2017 - Risk Management Overview (Hmong)


Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

June 15, 2017 - Marketing Risk Management


Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

June 29, 2017 - Developing a Marketing Strategy for Farm Operations

Hours:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location:  Online/Recorded

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.

 

One on One Techinal Assistance
August 1, 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 2, 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 3, 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 4, 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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