Knowledge Exchange Webinars


The New Overtime Rules and Other Federal Labor Topics

Thursday, June 23, 2016
10:30 - 11:30 EDT

Join us for a webinar on federal labor topics featuring Chris Schulte from the Washington, DC law firm CJ Lake, LLC. The first topic will be the Department of Labor’s recently announced “overtime” rule addressing which salaried workers are exempt from overtime and special considerations for ag employers. The webinar will also provide a status update on the H2A program, how H2A workers are dealt with under the affordable care act and some proposed federal farm worker housing rules. To register, click here.

Past Webinar Recordings:

The 2015 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary and Discussion of the Current Dairy Situation

Monday, May 9, 2016

Northeast dairy farmers are facing challenging times. In this webinar, Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East’s Director of Knowledge Exchange, presented the results of the 2015 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary. A panel discussion about the current economic situation facing Northeast dairy producers and some strategies for working through it followed in the second half of the webinar. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Economic and Ag Markets Outlook

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The new year marks turmoil in Chinese markets amid a slowing economy, which has carried over to put downward pressure on US and other global markets. Meanwhile agricultural commodities, virtually across the board, are caught in an extended down cycle. What will 2016 bring? Dr. Michael Goodman, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth, delivered an outlook for the general economy in the US and beyond. Dr. Terry Barr, a nationally recognized economist and Senior Director for the Knowledge Exchange Division of CoBank, discussed the agricultural economic outlook for 2016. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

2016 Dairy Outlook Webinar

Friday, January 15, 2016

Class III and IV milk prices have started to converge and the US All Milk Price has begun to rise. Is this the start of better times to come, or is this a “dead cat bounce?" In this webinar, Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, looked at milk supply, demand and export factors and offered a forecast of the year ahead. Following, Karl Czymmek, Cornell University, and Leah Ziemba, from the Law Firm of Michael Best & Freidrich LLP, covered new developments in environmental compliance, including the implications of recent court cases in Yakima Valley, Washington, and what they may mean for Northeast dairy producers. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Grain Marketing and Risk Management

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Crop Growers, LLP and Diversified Crop Insurance Services (DCIS) hosted a webinar to provide farmers with current information on the grain markets and suggestions for protecting farm profitability.

Rich Morrison, Senior Risk Analyst for the Diversified Services Marketing Group, discussed up to the moment corn, soybean and wheat market fundamentals along with 2016 grain marketing strategies. Rich also discussed government programs and the status of potential ARC and PLC payments for the 2015 crop year.

Doug Emery, Regional Marketing Manager for DCIS, discussed the potential consequences, hopefully profitable consequences, of various 2016 crop year farm management decisions. Different variations of input costs, yield variability, price ranges, crop insurance decisions and grain marketing strategies were analyzed in DCIS’s “Profit Matrix”. He stressed the importance of developing a farm risk management strategy for 2016, as farm profitability is being squeezed. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

The Food Safety Modernization Act

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Produce Safety Rule is final. The rule takes effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Registry. However, depending on the size of your operation, the rule's major parts will be phased in over the next two to four years. During this webinar, Wesley Kline of Rutgers Cooperative Extension reviewed the different parts of the rule and areas where growers should pay particular attention, for instance agricultural water and biological soil amendments. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Harvesting a Profit: Business Management Webinars for Beginning Farmers

Farm Credit East, along with more than 20 supporting organizations, held a three-part webinar series geared towards beginning and start-up farmers. This series, entitled Harvesting a Profit, covered basic business management topics for small- to mid-sized farms, such as understanding financial statements, planning and measuring profitability. To read more and view the recordings from these webinars, click here.

What to Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Door

Friday, November 13, 2015

When a government agent pulls into your driveway, knocks on your door or calls you on the phone, how do you plan to respond? Every business should have a plan for this. Farm Credit East hosted a webinar with Leah Ziemba and Chuck Palmer, from the Law Firm of Michael Best & Freidrich LLP, to prepare you for this type of visit from the government (i.e. DOL, OSHA, ICE, etc). To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

The Affordable Care Act: An Update for Employers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Affordable Care Act represents a sweeping change in the way employers deliver health insurance benefits to employees. In this webinar, Sheldon Blumling, an attorney with Fisher & Phillips, LLP, reviewed some basics of the law, where things stand now and key considerations for agricultural employers. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Deciding 2016 Margin Protection Program Coverage for Your Farm

Friday, September 18, 2015 

Time is running short for producers to make election decisions on their 2016 Margin Protection Program coverage this fall. This year the environment is much different than last year's signup period with major world economies showing signs of stress and dairy product prices falling. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, joined Farm Credit East for this webinar which took a look at milk and feed markets in the year ahead, provided information to help producers determine financial stress on the farm and demonstrate new farm stress-test features of the online MPP Decision Tool. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Recordings of the webinars below are available for playback on the members-only side of our site. To view, please click here to sign in and then visit the Webinar Library page from the Knowledge Exchange section.

2015 Webinars

2015 Dairy Outlook: January 15, 2015 

Cash Field Crops Webinar: The ARC/PLC Decision: February 9, 2015

Update on OSHA Inspections on Dairy Farms: February 19, 2015 

The Food Safety Modernization Act: Where We Stand in 2015: March 9, 2015

Dairy Update – 2014 Summary / 2015 Outlook: May 4, 2015 

Deciding 2016 Margin Protection Program Coverage for Your Dairy Farm: September 18, 2015 

The Affordable Care Act: An Update for Employers: October 22, 2015

Harvesting A Profit Series: November 2015

What to Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Door: November 13, 2015

Harvesting a Profit: Business Management Webinars for Beginning Farmers

The Food Safety Modernization Act: December 13, 2015

Grain Marketing and Risk Management: December 17, 2015

2014 Webinars

2014 Dairy Outlook: January 17, 2014

2014 Agricultural Economic Outlook and Ag Labor Update: February 13, 2014

Navigating the Grant Process: February 27, 2014

Dairy Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014: What Dairy Producers Need to Know: March 14, 2014

OSHA Inspections on NYS Dairy Farms – Update and Review: April 25, 2014

2013 Dairy Farm Summary: May 5, 2014 

Cash Field Crops and the 2014 Farm Bill: The ARC/PLC Decision: June 18, 2014

Dairy Policy and the Farm Bill: The Margin Protection Program: June 10, 2014

The Dairy Margin Protection Program: Procedures, decision tools and strategies: September 26, 2014

LGM vs. MPP Webinar: November 13, 2014

The Dairy Margin Protection Program: Decision Tools and Strategies: November 7, 2014


2013 Webinars

Farm Bill Update & Outlook on New Farm Bill in 2013: January 31, 2013

Managing Family Dynamics in Agricultural Businesses: February 15, 2013

Farm Credit East Financial Results & Agriculture Outlook: March 19, 2013

2012 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary: April 29, 2013

2013 Dairy Outlook: January 16, 2013 OSHA Compliance - What Farm Businesses Need to Know!: August 29, 2013

Understanding OSHA Requirements for Dairy Farm Businesses: September 27, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: What Farm Employers Need to Know: December 17, 2013

Section 105 Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs): December 20, 2013


2012 Webinars

2012 Dairy Outlook: January 19, 2012

2012 U.S. Economic Outlook and Agricultural Labor: Regulatory Challenges and H-2A: February 17, 2012

Farm Credit East Financial Update and Agricultural Economic Outlook: March 13, 2012  

Building Your Retail Business with Facebook: April 11, 2012

2011 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary: April 30, 2012

Insights into Crop Insurance in the Northeast: August 16, 2012

Health Care Reform: What You Will Need to do to Comply: December 10, 2012  

Food Hubs: What are They? Why do They Matter to the Northeast?: December 17, 2012