Agriculture & Horticulture

Agricultural educators equipped with the latest research share ways to improve the sustainability of Wyoming livestock and crop enterprises and work with you on your horticultural and rural living issues. Areas of focus include:

  • Intensive training programs such as Wyoming Master Cattleman, High Plains Ranch Practicum, and Master Gardener
  • On-line learning programs addressing agricultural risk, enterprise feasibility, and strategic planning
  • Issues important to rural living landowners

 

Ag in Uncertain Times

Ag in Uncertain Times was established by a team of extension specialists from the 13-state, Western Extension Committee to assist agricultural producers and others meet the challenge of the uncertain times they faced in 2009. Over its eleven-year history, the team has hosted 46 webinars and over 100 individual presentations in English, as well as 8 webinars and 15 archived presentations in Spanish. In addition, the site includes speaker bios, handouts, presentation slides, and links to supporting materials. All presentations are available in recorded video and audio-only formats, text-accompanied slides, and are available for download.

URL – https://aginuncertaintimes.farmmanagement.org

 

Risk and Resilience in Agriculture

Risk and Resilience in Agriculture materials are designed with the purpose of helping agricultural producers develop individual and family strategies to best deal with today’s agricultural business environment. The key to the Risk and Resilience in Agriculture program is to provide tools for agricultural managers and families to assess their risk or resilience within production, marketing, financial, legal and human resources. This online resource offers over 30 articles in 7 chapters addressing production, market, financial, legal, and human resource risk areas.

URL – https://uwagec.org/rnrinag

 

Managing for Today’s Cattle Market And Beyond

Managing for Today’s Cattle Market And Beyond is a well-planned collection of 36 outstanding papers, produced by 29 authors from 16 states. The fact sheets in the online resource deal with: 1) Integrated Management –  2) Marketing  3)) Strategy Implementation  4) Cattle Market Environment –  and  5) Beef Industry Future, as well as an update that offers an addition 31 articles of interest to beef producers. 36 In total the book offers 36 articles in 6 Sections, by 29 Authors in 16 states, and includes 30 new articles/updates.

URL – https://uwagec.org/marketing/MngTCMkt

 

Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work

Enterprising Rural Families is a set of online materials including, 2 online, self-study modules (Strategic Planning and Goal Setting course and Resource Inventory course), 150+ archived newsletters addressing a diverse set of topics, an online library with 120+ articles and other written materials, supporting videos, and electronic tools designed to assist rural families in business.

URL – https://eruralfamilies.org

 

Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work | Strategic Planning and Goal Setting course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering strategic management and goal setting for families in business across two modules and 9 lessons. Other materials include: scenarios of two example families in business to illustrate various aspects of the course content, four worksheets and assessments, seven readings to expand on course material, and twenty-two interactive components and exercises to enhance participant learning. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://eruralfamilies.org/ERFCourse.htm

 

Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work | Resource Inventory course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering strategic management and goal setting for families in business across two modules and 5 lessons. Other materials include: twenty-two system inventories, eight readings to embellish course material, and thirteen interactive components and exercises to enhance participant learning. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://eruralfamilies.org/ERFCourse.htm

 

RightRisk.org

RightRisk is an innovative risk research and education effort to help farmers and ranchers understand and explore risk management decisions and evaluate the effects of those decisions. RightRisk.org hosts the risk management education products developed by the RightRisk Education Team. Information on the site includes: 14 free, online self-study courses, monthly newsletters, risk simulations, risk analytics tools, recorded presentations/webinars, publications, links to other online resources, and much, much more . . .

URL – https://rightrisk.org

 

RightRisk | Understanding Risk In Agriculture

An internet-based module including: 1) Self-study materials covering- What is risk, Does Risk Matter, Can Risk be Managed, What Are Challenges to Managing Risk, When is Risk Analysis Justified, How are Risky Choices Evaluated, How is Risk Included When Making a Decision, and Conclusion. 2) Recorded webinar- Posted presentation slides, Posted Introduction, Posted URIA – the first four segments, Posted URIA – the last three segments, Posted Q&A session; all in video and audio-only formats; 3) eBook document for further study; and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Evaluating Risk Strategies module

An internet-based module including: 1) Self-study materials covering- Introduction to Risk, Risk Management Strategies, Evaluating Strategies, and Conclusion. 2) Recorded webinar- Posted presentation slides, Posted Introduction, Posted ERA Risk Strategies presentation, Posted ERA Evaluating Risk Strategies presentation, Posted Q&A session; all in video and audio-only formats; 3) eBook document for further study; and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Enterprise Risk Analysis module

An internet-based module including: 1) Self-study materials covering- What is an Enterprise, What is Risk, What is Risk Management, How is Risk Managed, Risk Management Process, Establishing Context, Enterprise Assessment, Risk Analysis, Risk Evaluation, Treatment Implementation, Case Study: Everett Ball Ranch, Case Study: Wilson Ranch, Resource links for further research. 2) Recorded webinar- Posted presentation slides, Posted Introduction, Posted ERA Module Overview presentation, Posted ERA Module Application presentation, Posted Q&A session; all in video and audio-only formats; 3) eBook document for further study; and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Risk Scenario Planning course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: Introduction to Risk, Risk Strategies, Case Studies: Gates Creek Land & Livestock, Case Studies: Big Country Farms, Case Studies: Bell Livestock, Case Studies: Z-F Ranch, Risk Scenario Planning Tool Overview, Expectations About the Future, Risk Management Framework, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Getting On Track: Better Management Through Basic Ag Records course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course including four vignettes titled: Preserving The Tradition, Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket Get the Max From Your Tax, and 4-H Gone Hog Wild. Other topics covered include: why keep records, basic record keeping 5 easy steps, keeping production records, keeping financial records, schedule F, where do I go from here? A glossary, frequently asked questions, and resource links are provided, along with example records systems and much more.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Getting On Track: Better Management Through Basic Financial Statements course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: An introduction to Financial Statements, Cash Flow Statements, Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statement of Owner Equity, and Where Do I Go From Here?. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Getting On Track: Understanding Financial Performance course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course including: what is financial analysis, measures of liquidity, measures of solvency, measures of profitability, measures of financial efficiency, measures of repayment capacity, and where do I go from here? A glossary, frequently asked questions, and resource links are provided, along with example records systems and much more.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | A Lasting Legacy course #1 course

two-hour CD and internet-based course covering 1) Intergenerational Relationships- Parent/Adult Child Relationships and Managing Intergenerational relationships, 2) Legacy Components- Values and Life Lessons and Personal Possessions of Emotional value in two modules and four lessons. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | A Lasting Legacy course #2 course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering 1) Final Wishes and Instructions- End-of-Life Issues, Pre-Death Wishes, and Final Instructions, 2) Financial Assets and Real Estate- Estate Planning, Financial Planning, and Transferring Real Property across two modules and six lessons. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Management Succession: Where Are We? course

A two-hour CD and A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: An introduction to Management Succession, Interpersonal Issues, Business Issues, The Succession Planning Process, and Where Do We Go From Here? Also included are a glossary, FAQ list, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Management Succession: Where Do We Want to Go? course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: An introduction to Management Succession, Three (3) In-depth Family Case Studies, The Succession Planning Process, and Where Do We Go From Here? Also included are course resources, Best Succession Management Practices (BSMP) Lists, worksheets, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Management Succession: How Do We Get There From Here? course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: Journey to Management Succession, Beyond Goals for Change, and Where Do We Go From Here? Also included are a 120-page Management Succession Workbook, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Feasibility of Alternative Rural Enterprises course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering 1) Agricultural and Rural Enterprises, 2) Selecting and Planning for Alternative Enterprise, and 3) Assessing Risks. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Taxes for Agricultural Enterprises course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering 1) Definition of a Farm, 2) The Importance of Records, 3) Farm Income, 4) Farm Expenses, and 5) Tax Management. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Pilot Insurance Program:

Rainfall and Vegetation Index Plans course

A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: An introduction to PRF, Using the Grid Locator, Rainfall Index, Scenario 1 – The Timmerman Family Farm, LLC, Scenario 2 – Adam’s Hay, Vegetation Index, Scenario 3 – Double R Ranch, and Calculating Premiums. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > courses

 

RightRisk | Risk Analytics Tools

A series of 12 risk analytics tools available for download free of charge. Applications include: the Risk Scenario Planner, Machine Risk Calculator, Forage Risk Analyzer, Enterprise Risk Analyzer, RDFinancial, Multi-Temporal Risk Analysis, and Risk Navigator toolbox. The site also includes online guides, example applications, and more.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > tools

 

RightRisk | Risk Controls

Links to online resources helpful for managing risk, covering market, production, institutional, human, and financial risk. The site lists over 100 links by category and much more.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > resources > risk controls

 

RightRisk | Risk Management Profiles

A list of over 25 profiles outlining working agricultural situations where the managers have encountered challenges managing risk. The settings vary across an array of different risks, crop and livestock enterprises, and the challenges faced. Scenarios describe how the peopled involved worked through the situation, as well as the tools they considered to address the problems at hand.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > resources > risk management profiles

 

RightRisk | Applied Risk Analytics

Demonstrating applications of RightRisk Analytics tools to Evaluating Lease Arrangements and Estimating Custom Rates and Machinery Costs

URL – https://rightrisk.org > resources > applied risk analytics

 

RightRisk | Risk Concepts

A series of 8 bulletins addressing alternative organizational structures for farm and ranch businesses. Business types include: corporations, S-corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships. Each form is compared across its general characteristics, ease of formation, operation, liability protection, tax implications, ownership transfer and dissolution characteristics. A summary chart offers a quick guide to comparing the features of each.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > resources > risk concepts

 

RightRisk | RightRisk Newsletter

RightRisk News is a monthly newsletter, currently in its eighth year of publication. Archived copies of the over 90 articles, news releases, course highlights, highlighted tools, and much more can be found at the site. Instructions to be added to the over 4,500 international email subscribers are also available.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > news

 

RightRisk | Ag Survivor

The Ag Survivor simulation program is a software tool developed by the RightRisk Education Team to teach risk concepts and management strategies to agricultural producers in an experiential learning environment. This educational program lets producers test firsthand whether they are better off implementing newly learned risk management tools and strategies, like the Strategic Risk Management Process. Currently, there are 13 online risk simulations for various farm and ranch settings, diverse geography, demonstrating risk management decision-making to address production, market, legal, financial and human risks.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > products

 

RightRisk | Risk Navigator

Risk Navigator-SRM (Strategic Risk Management) was designed to help users learn and apply the 10 risk management steps. Comprised of over 20 tools and electronic worksheets to help today’s managers make decisions in an uncertain world. The site also includes 10 recorded presentations, excerpts from the accompanying text book Applied Risk Management in Agriculture-2010, links to the supporting online toolbox and more.

URL – https://rightrisk.org > products

 

Farm Management Wiki

The Farm Management Wiki was designed with the intention of providing practitioners and educators access to farm management tools and information. The site hosts over 60 tools, links, external resources, documents, videos and more in 9 categories.

URL – https://wiki.farmmanagement.org

 

Western Risk Management Library

Developed by members of the 13-state, Western Extension Committee, with partial support provided by Farm Foundation. Offers over 790 articles across 42 individual categories, coving general, production, market, financial, legal, and human resource risks.

URL – https://agecon.uwyo.edu/riskmgt

 

Insuring Success for Western Agriculture

Insuring Success for Western Agriculture is an educational effort designed to provide western agricultural producers with cutting-edge risk management information. Information at the site includes well over 200 archived articles covering a variety of risk management topics; links to 18 online courses, Wyoming Risk Management Profiles and much more.

URL – https://insuringsuccess.org

 

AGLEGACY.org

AGLEGACY.org is an online resource to help Agriculture Nurture its Legacy: including free online modules (10+), 4Xs/year newsletters, bulletins and other readings/publications (30+), links to other online resources, and much more . . .

URL – https://aglegacy.org

 

Ag Help Wanted: Guidelines for Managing Agricultural Labor

Ag Help Wanted is an educational guidebook designed to assist every person who currently manages or expects to manage human resources on farms, ranches, nurseries, dairies, and other agricultural operations. It presents principles, practical examples, regulatory considerations, and leads to more references that all help equip managers to make choices that are reasonable, legal, and ultimately effective for both their businesses and the people they employ. The online resource offers segments of the 240+ page book across 6 chapters, online supporting videos, links to many federal and state regulatory agencies, examples, and much more.

URL – https://uwagec.org/rnrinag

 

UW Agricultural and Applied Economics

Farm Management Publications

An online listing with links to over 80 bulletins, 17 tools and software applications, covering crops and livestock enterprise management, survey results, historic bulletins and more.

URL – https://farmmgt.uwagec.org/FarmManagementBulletins.htm