USDA to host livestock risk management webinar

Nov. 12 webinar will help educate cattle producers on making more informed business decisions.

November 4, 2020

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USDA to host livestock risk management webinar
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The Extension Risk Management Education Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hosting a webinar on Nov. 12 for agricultural producers and professionals focused on livestock risk management. The webinar is free to attend and will provide information on livestock markets, price risk and risk management options available through USDA.

“We strongly encourage farmers and ranchers to attend this webinar,” USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation Bill Northey said. “The information that will be presented here will be invaluable to livestock producers who have an interest in the various risk management tools available to them through USDA.”

USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs Greg Ibach added, “I brought my experience as a rancher with me when I came to USDA, and I know firsthand the challenges that America’s livestock producers face. This livestock risk management webinar is just one example of our efforts to offer timely resources to cattle producers and others in the U.S. fed beef supply chain so they can make informed business decisions. USDA remains dedicated to addressing the concerns and strengthening the interests of livestock producers through forward-thinking actions that balance every segment of the nation’s livestock industry with the direction of today’s marketplace.”

The webinar is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 12. Producers can register at

In addition to Northey and Ibach, other speakers include:

  • Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center – introduction and moderator.

  • Shannon Neibergs, Washington State University and Western Extension Risk Management Education Center – livestock economics and moderator.

  • Elliott Dennis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – price risk management concepts, tools and considerations.

  • Brandon Willis, Ranchers Insurance (Utah) and former USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator – insurance products, sales and service.

The webinar is a collaboration between USDA and the Extension Risk Management Education Program, a USDA-funded program that provides regionally based competitive grants for producer-focused educational projects. Learn more at

Meanwhile, on Nov. 17, USDA will host the first in a series of four evening webinars from 7-9 p.m. (EST) with guest speakers from three regional USDA Cattle & Carcass Training Centers, CME Group and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. These webinars are designed to assist cattle producers, feeders and others in the U.S. fed beef supply chain who want to better understand the reporting, delivery and grading of feeder cattle, live cattle and carcasses, particularly relating to CME live cattle futures. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

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