Experts to Deliver Insurance Updates

Ag Insurance meetings set in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

Published on: Oct 30, 2007

Kansas State University is teaming up with the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University to offer a series of 2007 Insurance Workshops for producers, crop insurance agents, lenders and others.

Crop and livestock insurance seems to be constantly changing, says Art Barnaby, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist. The workshops will help producers sort through the details, so they can take the best approach for their needs. Their information should also be beneficial for grain merchandisers, farm managers, commodity brokers, crop consultants and financial advisers.

The workshops are slated for Nov. 6 in Brush, Colo. (Brush Fairgrounds Event Center); Nov. 7 in Grand Island, Neb. (College Park, 3180 west U.S. Highway 34); and Nov. 8 in Salina, Kan. (Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 3020 Riffel Drive).

Presenters will include university agricultural economists and government specialists.

Their topics will include:
• Whither the Farm in the Farm Bill Debate? – Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension public policy specialist;
• Options, Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) –James Mintert, K-State Research and Extension state leader in agricultural economics (Colorado and Nebraska workshops), and Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State Extension agricultural economist (Kansas workshop);
• The Future of the Ethanol Market – Michael Woolverton, K-State Extension visiting professor in agricultural economics;
• Crop Insurance in Transition: Combo Policies and Impacts of the Farm Bill – William Murphy, deputy administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Agency (RMA) , Washington, D.C.;
• How Much Can I Afford to Pay for Harvest Price Option? – Art Barnaby, K-State Extension agricultural economist;
• Current RMA Issues – Rebecca Davis, director, regional RMA office, Topeka, Kan.; and
• Water Issues in Colorado/Nebraska/Kansas – James Pritchett, Colorado State University agriculture and natural resource economist (Colorado workshop); Dave Griffith, Natural Resources Conservation Service water resources planner (Nebraska); and Lyle Frees, NRCS water quality specialist (Kansas workshop).

Application has been made to the www.agmanager.info/events/Insurance/Insurance2007.aspColorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming insurance departments for continuing education credits.

The registration fee is $75 if postmarked by Nov. 2 and $90 if after that date. More information and a registration form are available on the K-State Research and Extension Web site at or by phone at 800-535-3456.