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Don't worry, be savvy: Farm savvy risk management

Published December 20, 2011

A webinar series addressing risk management will be held on Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13, 2012. Co- sponsored by the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and University of Illinois Extension, this series of four webinars will provide a comprehensive look at methods of evaluating, managing, and reducing risk on small farms. They will help farmers to ensure their success by identifying, assessing, and addressing the risks that threaten their farms. In-person workshops will be offered in the spring to follow up on the materials presented in the webinar series and to address farmers' specific issues related to compiling a comprehensive risk management plan.


You can attend one or all of the sessions listed below.


Jan. 23 "Risk Management Basics"


Learn how to evaluate your capacity for taking risks, and obtain information about the various types of insurance available to manage your particular risks.


Jan. 30 "Risk Management in Production and Marketing"


Learn about how to manage risk using production and marketing practices.


Feb. 6 "Financial Risk Management"


Learn about business and financial risk management practices, such as choosing the correct business entity and effective business planning.


Feb. 13 "Managing Human Risk"


Learn about human risk, focusing on contingency and estate planning and other personnel risks.


The webinars will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 12 locations around the state. There is no fee for the programs. Visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/events.cfm for a complete list of locations and to register.


You may also attend the webinar from your home. You will need to have a computer with high-speed Internet access and a way to listen to the presentation (headsets are best, but speakers will work). After you register, you will receive instructions and a link for the webinar.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the contact person in your Extension Office. If your office is not listed, please contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at cvnghgrn@illinois.edu.