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Monday, March 29, 2010
CAS Delivers Risk Management Information at Montana FFA State Convention
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CAS' John Mangus and Shylea Wingard recently presented risk management information to over 100 Montana beginning producers attending the Montana FFA State Leadership Convention.

The event was held in Bozeman on March 25-26, 2010. Mangus and Wingard covered a range of risk management and crop insurance topics during a number of separate convention sessions. Attendees also participated in CAS' risk management simulation game with high scorers winning prizes.

CAS appreciates the efforts of the Montana FFA for their help coordinating the event.

Friday, March 26, 2010
CAS Reaches Oregon Beginning Producers
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Custom Ag Solutions' (CAS) Ryan Mangus recently visit Corvallis, Oregon to present risk management and crop insurance information to beginning producers attending the annual Oregon FFA State Convention. The convention was held on the campus of Oregon State University March 20-22, 2010.

Mangus discussed a range of risk management and crop insurance topics during three convention sessions. Attendees learned risk management fundamentals and details about the basic operation of Federal crop insurance programs. Attendees also participated in an interactive learning simulation game requiring decisions about managing risk and participating in crop insurance programs. The game's outcomes varied by student depending on uncontrollable chance and the risks chosen by a given student over a simulated six-year period.

CAS' presentation was delivered as part of a RMA Commodity Partnership to inform Oregon beginning producers about risk management principles and about the structure, operation, and benefits of Federal crop insurance programs, including RMA’s Livestock Risk Protection Program, which is available to Oregon producers. The partnership is administered by RMA’s Spokane Regional Office.

Thursday, March 18, 2010
CAS Visits Rhode Island Beginning Producers
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Custom Ag Solutions' (CAS) John Mangus presented risk management and crop insurance information to beginning producers at four Rhode Island locations on March 17-18, 2010. 

 

Mangus first met with Ponogansett FFA members and chapter advisors Loren Andrews and Malaree Searle.  He then made a presentation to Exeter-West Greenwich FFA members and advisor Katie Kocab.  Next, Mangus worked with Narragansett advisor Greg Breene to deliver three presentations for FFA members at Narragansett High School.  Finally, Stacie Pepperd at Chariho High School coordinated an event where Mangus presented to over 30 student participants.

 

CAS thanks RI FFA State Advisor Allison Toles and participating chapter advisors and members for their cooperation in coordinating the visits.  CAS looks forward to participating in the RI FFA State Convention scheduled for late April.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
CAS Presents Crop Insurance Information to Massachusetts Beginning Producers
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Custom Ag Solutions' John Mangus presented risk management and crop insurance program information to nearly 200 Massachusetts beginning producers attending the Massachusetts FFA State Convention held on March 15-16, 2010, in Sturbridge, MA.

 

In three presentations coordinated by Massachusetts FFA State Advisor Kim LaFleur, Mangus covered a range of risk management and crop insurance topics.  Attendees also participated in CAS' risk management simulation game with high scorers winning prizes. 

 

CAS acknowledges the work of the Massachusetts FFA to coordinate presentations at 10 regional schools during the four months leading up to the state convention.

 

Thursday, March 11, 2010
CAS Presents at Utah FFA State Convention
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Custom Ag Solutions' Brett Crosby presented CAS' 'You CAN Farm and Ranch' program to several hundred Utah begining producers attending the Utah FFA State Convention held on March 11, 2010, in Cedar City.

 

In recent years, production agricultural has evolved into a highly competitive, capital-intensive, low-margin business.  Often, young people considering a career in production agriculture are discouraged by the industry’s formidable barriers to entry.

 

Crosby discussed the challenges of overcoming production agriculture's substantial barriers to entry.  He also provided attendees with several proven approaches for starting a career in production agriculture (farming or ranching).  Crosby focused on themes such as building your credit, building your balance sheet, and building your reputation. 

 

Numerous participants requested the PowerPoint file used in the presentation.  The file can be downloaded here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010
CAS Delivers Risk Management Information to North Carolina Christmas Tree Growers
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CAS' Brett Crosby recently delivered risk management information and tools to Christmas tree growers attending the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association's Winter Meeting and Trade Show at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, NC on March 6, 2010.

Mr. Crosby began his presentation by first introducing general risk and risk management principles, followed by a discussion of Christmas tree-specific risk considerations and risk management practices. He next provided attendees with an introduction to the Christmas Tree Risk Analysis Tool (CTRAT).

The CTRAT is a Microsoft Excel based decision support tool that models a Christmas tree operation and provides producers with key operating summaries as well as “what-if” type decision support capabilities. Attending producers were also told about the ChristmasTreeRiskManagement.com website that provides risk management information and tools to America's Christmas tree producers.

Friday, March 5, 2010
CAS Delivers Risk Management Information to Massachusetts Cranberry Growers
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Custom Ag Solutions' Clif Parker presented risk management and crop insurance program information to Massachusetts cranberry growers participating in the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association (CCCGA) Winter Meeting & Environmental Workshops held March 5, 2010, in Hyannis, MA.

CAS' presentation was conducted as part of the USDA/RMA/CAS Massachusetts Targeted States Partnership, which exists to inform Massachusetts Agricultural Producers about the structure and benefits of Federal Crop Insurance Programs. The CCCGA is also a partner in the program and worked to coordinate and promote the event.

The CAS presentation began with a brief introduction to risk, risk management, and crop insurance principles. Next, the presenter provided a detailed explanation of the features, bebefits, and limitations of RMA's Cranberry and AGR-Lite Programs. Following the presentation, Mr. Parker spent time responding to attendees' questions and delivering one-on-one risk management consultation.  CAS also staffed a information booth at the event's trade show.

Friday, March 5, 2010
Minnesota Christmas Tree Growers Receive Risk Management Information and Tools
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CAS' Brett Crosby recently visited Minnesota to deliver risk management information and tools to Christmas tree growers attending the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association's Winter Convention, held in Carlton, MN, on March 5-6, 2010.

Mr. Crosby began his presentation by first introducing general risk and risk management principles, followed by a discussion of Christmas tree-specific risk considerations and risk management practices. He next provided attendees with an introduction to the Christmas Tree Risk Analysis Tool (CTRAT).

The CTRAT is a Microsoft Excel based decision support tool that models a Christmas tree operation and provides producers with key operating summaries as well as “what-if” type decision support capabilities. Attending producers were also told about the ChristmasTreeRiskManagement.com website that provided risk management information and tools to America's Christmas tree producers.

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