Knowledge Exchange Webinars


Deciding 2016 Margin Protection Program Coverage for Your Farm

Friday, September 18, 2015 
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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. Join Farm Credit East and Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for a webinar that will:

  1. Look at the milk and feed markets we face in the year ahead
  2. Help you think about determining financial stress on the farm 
  3. Demonstrate new farm stress-test features of the online MPP Decision Tool

To register to attend, click here.


Past Webinar Recordings:

Dairy Update – 2014 Summary / 2015 Outlook

Monday, May 4, 2015

In this webinar, Farm Credit East’s Chris Laughton and Bill Zweigbaum presented the results of Farm Credit East's 2014 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary. Mr. Laughton presented data from the “Blue Book”, along with some takeaway lessons from the past 20 years of data. Mr. Zweigbaum commented on the results and provided an outlook of the 2015 dairy market. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

The Food Safety Modernization Act: Where We Stand in 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

In this webinar, presenter Wesley Kline, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, took a look at the Food Safety Modernization Act. Topics covered  included timeline for compliance; what’s known, what is still uncertain, and what may change; compliance considerations for small, medium, and large producers; considerations for “mixed facilities”, those who handle other farms produce, including CSAs; and integration with existing programs, such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Update on OSHA Inspections on Dairy Farms

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Farm Credit East in conjunction with NEDPA, New York Farm Bureau, PRO-Dairy and NYCAMH sponsored a webinar to look at the findings from OSHA inspections that took place last year. Ron Williams, Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA’s Syracuse, N.Y. office, provided an update on inspections that took place on New York State dairy farms in 2014 and presented some of the things that have been found during these inspections to help prepare businesses for OSHA inspections in the coming year. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

Cash Field Crops Webinar: The ARC/PLC Decision

February 9, 2015

This webinar covered the new Farm Bill programs: PLC, ARC-CO, and ARC-IC. Our presenter, Art Barnaby, of Kansas State University, evaluated the tradeoffs between the three choices to help producers select the best program for their farm. To view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar, click here.

2015 Dairy Outlook Webinar

January 15, 2015

As we go into 2015 what lies ahead for Northeast dairy producers? This webinar took a look ahead at the coming year and what’s coming in dairy economics, policies and regulations. Our guest speakers were Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who covered the 2015 dairy economic outlook; Andy Novakovic, Cornell University, provided a dairy policy update; Karl Czymmek, Cornell University, gave environmental/CAFO and OSHA updates; and Bob Smith, Farm Credit East, provided a legislative update. Click here to view a recording and presentation materials from this webinar.

LGM vs. MPP Webinar 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 
Do you still need to decide between MPP and LGM? Have you been too busy with harvest to attend any margin protection webinars? This webinar provided more details on each program, as well as a discussion of key points to consider when choosing which option is best for your operation. Click here to view the recording.

The Dairy Margin Protection Program: Decision Tools and Strategies

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cornell’s Dr. Novakovic provided an in-depth look at the new Dairy Margin Protection Program, the internet decision tool and talked about strategies and options for making the MPP work for your operation, whatever size it may be. This webinar was hosted by Farm Credit East, in conjunction with New York Farm Bureau, The Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and Cornell Pro-Dairy. Click here to view the recording and presentation materials from this webinar.

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Farm Credit East, in conjunction with New York Farm Bureau, The Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and Cornell Pro-Dairy, hosted this webinar featuring Andrew Novakovic, PhD, Cornell University, Mark Stephenson, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison and John Newton, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Click here to view a recording and presentation materials from this webinar.

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This webinar, featuring Dr. Glenn “Art” Barnaby of Kansas State University, took a look at 2014 Farm Bill programs and how they will affect growers of cash field program crops, such as corn, soybeans, and wheat. During this webinar, Dr. Barnaby broke down the two programs and talked about the factors producers will want to think about when making enrollment decisions. Click here to view a recording and presentation materials from this webinar.

Dairy Policy and the Farm Bill: The Margin Protection Program

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this webinar, Dr. Andy Novakovic of Cornell University, and Dr. John Newton, of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talked about Dairy Policy and the 2014 Farm Bill programs, specifically the Margin Protection Program (MPP). Click here for presentation materials and a recording of this webinar.


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.

2013-2014 Webinar Series

OSHA Compliance - What Farm Businesses Need to Know!: August 29, 2013

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

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

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

2014 Dairy Outlook: Friday, January 17, 2014

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

Navigating the Grant Process: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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

2013 Dairy Farm Summary: Monday, May 5, 2014 

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

2012-2013 Winter Webinar Series

2012 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary: April 29, 2013

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

Managing Family Dynamics in Agricultural Businesses: February 15, 2013

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

2013 Dairy Outlook: January 16, 2013

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

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

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

2011-2012 Winter Webinar Series

2011 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary: April 30, 2012

Building Your Retail Business with Facebook: April 11, 2012

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

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

2012 Dairy Outlook: January 19, 2012

Employee Challenges and Healthcare Reform: December 16, 2011

2010-2011 Winter Webinar Series

Food Safety: Produce and Ag Labor Concerns: February 16, 2011

Annual Dairy Outlook: January 13, 2011

Interactions with the Non-Farm Public and Government Agencies: December 9, 2010