Today’s unprecedented economic problems are causing most U.S. agricultural producers to rethink nearly every aspect of their agricultural livelihood. For most producers, diversification is a key strategy that can improve an operation's current profitability, mid-term returns, and long-term viability. Unfortunately, many producers lack a strategic framework for evaluating and comparing the costs, benefits, and limitations of the many available diversification options.
CAS offers its Diversification Makes Sense (DMS) Program to help producers develop strategies to successfully diversify across commodities, farm operations, and even family income streams. The DMS program is usually delivered through an on-site seminar or webcast; however, one-on-one consulting sessions can also be arranged.
CAS' presenters are professionals in the field of agricultural finance and management. All presenters have bachelors degrees and most have masters degrees. Our presenters are experienced in delivering financial training programs to beginning and traditional producers. Program and presenter references are available upon request.
CAS' Diversification Makes Sense Program delivery can sometimes be funded by the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) or Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). State or private funding may also be available. Interested producer organizations are encouraged to contact CAS to discuss upcoming funding opportunities.