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USDA Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Learn all about the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) risk management program in this month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner, including coverage options, limitations and the deadline to sign up.

November 2, 2022

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Business Tips and Tools
The Levels of Dairy Risk Management

Dairy Risk Management can be an intimidating and complex process for many dairy operations; however, it is an important tool for protecting risk in dairy markets. Crop Growers agents Daniele Ricci and Megan Clancy explain the different levels available for your operation.

November 28, 2022

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Seasonal Business Labor and Immigration Webinar Series

Join Harris Beach PLLC and Farm Credit East for a series of four webinars focusing on getting the seasonal workers you need, legally.

One of the most pressing issues facing seasonal businesses continues to be labor – specifically how to secure reliable employees to fill seasonal and permanent needs. In this webinar series, presenters will navigate the complex maze of the H-2B non-agriculture and H-2A agricultural visa programs to provide an overview of visa requirements, procedures, compliance and employer obligations. Foreign labor options to fill permanent labor needs at farms and seasonal businesses will also be discussed.

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November 30, 2022

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Financial Management
Crop Insurance: An Important Risk Management Tool

Crop insurance played an important role in 2019 for many Northeast spring crop producers. As we look ahead in 2020, utilizing your local agent's expertise to review your business goals, business risks, marketing plan and more can help you develop a plan that meets your business needs.

March 10, 2020

Business Tips and Tools
Marketing Yourself to Potential Business Partners, Landowners and Customers

To market yourself to potential business partners, landowners and customers, you need to have a plan. Keith Dickinson discusses a communication tool to connect the values and goals of your business to potential investors.

February 18, 2020

Financial Management
The Importance of Liquidity

In the financial world, your cash position is referred to as liquidity, i.e. your ability to pay your bills. Liquidity is important to any agricultural business, yet it may have a heightened significance depending on what you produce, how long it takes you to produce it and how it’s sold or marketed.

February 11, 2020

Business Tips and Tools
Balancing Off-Farm Employment When Starting an Operation

Many producers utilize off-farm jobs to generate additional income and procure benefits such as health insurance and retirement funding. This raises the question, particularly for smaller farms, of how to balance off-farm employment while maintaining a successful operation at home. When deciding whether you can (or should) manage an off-farm job, here’s some things to consider.

February 04, 2020

The Ag Globe Trotter Weekly

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Dr. Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition to his weekly and quarterly articles on the ag economy, Dr. Kohl has traveled more than eight million miles throughout his professional career and has conducted over 6,000 workshops and seminars for various agricultural groups.

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