2011 Husker Ag SMARTS Program Offered

Extension effort focuses on risk management education for farmers. It can also help increase business skills.

Published on: Oct 13, 2011

Economic uncertainty and marketplace instability has increased risk for agricultural producers. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program, Husker Ag SMARTS, can help producers understand this risk and improve business skills.

Husker Ag SMARTS, offered in Scottsbluff and Seward, is a six-day business management program that will enable participants to strengthen management abilities, increase responsiveness to business challenges and help build technical skills, says Jessica Jones, extension educator in Johnson County and member of the Husker Ag SMARTS planning committee.

"The program will help participants increase their ag SMARTS by gaining knowledge, understanding and practice of important topics in business and management risk," she says.

Topics include goal setting, business and marketing strategic planning, financial competency, personnel management and succession planning.

The intensive event will include interactive discussion, case study analysis, computer-based simulations, hands-on training and practice, and discussions with other successful individuals in the industry who use these skills and concepts, Jones says.

The program is offered in two locations in the state and consists of three, two-day work sessions.

Each program is limited to 20 participants at each location. Dates and locations for the sessions include:

  • Scottsbluff: Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Jan. 17 and Jan. 18.
  • Seward: Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Jan. 10, Jan. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.
Registration is $650 after Oct. 15. All educational materials, meals and breaks are included. Participants are responsible for lodging and travel expenses.