“Ag in Uncertain Times” Webinar Series Wins WEDA Award of Excellence

SPOKANE, Wash. — “Ag in Uncertain Times,” a series of 90-minute webinars, will be honored in July at the Western Extension Directors Association meeting in Tucson.

Jon Newkirk, direcotr, WSU Center for Risk Management Education. Click image for hi-res version.

The webinar series was designed to provide practical information for agricultural producers and other professionals involved with agriculture. The series was produced and presented by the Western Extension Committee, an organization of Extension economists from 13 western states, Guam and other Pacific Islands.

The purpose of the WEDA Awards of Excellence is to recognize Extension outreach education programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments.

Topics covered in each monthly series included operating in the face of uncertain credit, operating in the face of uncertain markets, families facing uncertainty in agriculture, operating in risky environments, and managing ag enterprises in uncertain times.

Jon Newkirk, director of the Washington State University Center for Risk Management Education in Spokane, said the series offers a wealth of information and tools for those involved in producing food.

“We were able to bring together a lineup of presenters with incredible skills and knowledge to address issues facing ag producers in this difficult economy,” said Newkirk. “The information is both timely and timeless, and includes the video, audio, presentations, and slides of every presenter.”

Newkirk developed the series in collaboration with a team of experts from throughout the western United States. The team members are Duane Griffith, Montana State; John Hewlitt, University of Wyoming; Jeff Tranel, Colorado State University; Ramiro Lobo, University of California Cooperative Extension; Trent Teegerstrom, University of Arizona; and John Nelson, WSU Western Center for Risk Management Education.

More information and the entire series of webinars are available for viewing and download at http://www.farmmanagement.org/aginuncertaintimes/. The series includes three sessions in Spanish.

Organizations that contributed to making the “Ag in Uncertain Times” series available include the University of Arizona, the University of California Davis, Colorado State University, Montana State University, the Western Center for Risk Management Education and Washington State University, the University of Wyoming, and the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

The Awards of Excellence are given annually to individuals or multi-discipline teams for single- or multi-state programs. The Western Region Program Leadership Committee administers the program on behalf of the WEDA.