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Ag SMARTS program offered in Scottsbluff

Husker Ag SMARTS, a six-day business management experience to be offered in Scottsbluff, can help farmers and ranchers improve their business skills and better understand risk.

University of Nebraska Lincoln-Extension will be offering the experience in November, December and January. Registration is under way.

Husker Ag SMARTS will be offered in November, December and January as three two-day work sessions. For participants, the experience will strengthen management abilities, increase responsiveness to business challenges and help build technical skills, said Tom Holman, extension educator in Scotts Bluff and Morrill counties and member of the planning committee.

Holman said Husker Ag SMARTS can help producers understand the increased risk that they face because of economic uncertainty and marketplace instability, and also improve their business skills. The curriculum includes:

• Strategic and scenario planning, including setting goals and objectives, whole farm planning, situation and inventory analysis, and more.

• Production costs, budgeting and financial analysis.

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• Human resources management. This includes organization, employee handbooks, and performance evaluations.

• Land issues, including values, rental rates, lease agreements, fencing laws and water issues.

• Marketing and risk management, including marketing strategies and plans, and risk identification and mitigation.

• Estate planning.

Registration is $600. All educational materials, meals and breaks are included. Participants are responsible for lodging and travel expenses.

To register, a $100 deposit must be submitted when registering and the balance will be due at the end of the first session. For more information and a registration form, visit http://johnson.unl.edu/web/johnson/agsmarts.

The intensive event will include interactive discussion, case study analysis, computer-based simulations, hands-on training and practice, and discussions with other successful individuals in the industry who use these skills and concepts, Holman said.

The program is limited to 20 participants. Dates for the Scottsbluff sessions are Nov. 17-18, Dec. 8-9, and Jan. 17-18.

The class also is being offered in eastern Nebraska, at Seward, in December, January and February.

Husker Ag SMARTS, a six-day business management experience to be offered in Scottsbluff, can help farmers and ranchers improve their business skills and better understand risk.

University of Nebraska Lincoln-Extension will be offering the experience in November, December and January. Registration is under way.

Husker Ag SMARTS will be offered in November, December and January as three two-day work sessions. For participants, the experience will strengthen management abilities, increase responsiveness to business challenges and help build technical skills, said Tom Holman, extension educator in Scotts Bluff and Morrill counties and member of the planning committee.

Holman said Husker Ag SMARTS can help producers understand the increased risk that they face because of economic uncertainty and marketplace instability, and also improve their business skills. The curriculum includes:

• Strategic and scenario planning, including setting goals and objectives, whole farm planning, situation and inventory analysis, and more.

• Production costs, budgeting and financial analysis.

• Human resources management. This includes organization, employee handbooks, and performance evaluations.

• Land issues, including values, rental rates, lease agreements, fencing laws and water issues.

• Marketing and risk management, including marketing strategies and plans, and risk identification and mitigation.

• Estate planning.

Registration is $600. All educational materials, meals and breaks are included. Participants are responsible for lodging and travel expenses.

To register, a $100 deposit must be submitted when registering and the balance will be due at the end of the first session. For more information and a registration form, visit http://johnson.unl.edu/web/johnson/agsmarts.

The intensive event will include interactive discussion, case study analysis, computer-based simulations, hands-on training and practice, and discussions with other successful individuals in the industry who use these skills and concepts, Holman said.

The program is limited to 20 participants. Dates for the Scottsbluff sessions are Nov. 17-18, Dec. 8-9, and Jan. 17-18.

The class also is being offered in eastern Nebraska, at Seward, in December, January and February.

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