2018 National Conference

March 6, 2018

2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
– Milwaukee, WI

April 11–12, 2018

The 2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference took  place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

The 2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brought together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants learned about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael Boehlje, Ph.D.

Enterprise Risk Management: A New Paradigm for Production Agriculture

Mike Boehlje is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. Mike has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions.

The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of economics, finance and strategy to solve problems of farm and agribusiness managers. A major theme of Mike’s research, writing and lecturing for the past 10 years has been the importance of strategic planning and thinking, and positioning the firm for long- term viability and success. His work has attempted to extend and apply modern management concepts of systems analysis, process control, transactions cost, strategic positioning, real options and supply/value chain management to the food production, processing and distribution system.

Mike is the author or co-author of four books and more than 500 articles and publications. He is also a senior associate of Centrec Consulting. He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. Mike is also the 2011 recipient of the Frederick L. Hovde Award, which honors excellence in education service to the rural people of Indiana.

Dr. Ruthie Franczek, retired and happy DVM

Open Season on You: Put Yourself Out There to the Public

Thirty-six years of performing surgeries, ultra-sounding for reproductive purposes, and delivering foals, calves, piglets, etc. have given Dr. Ruthie Franczek much fodder for storytelling. Now that she is retired from a solo large animal practice in rural Kent County, Delaware, she realizes the value of sharing her life’s experiences with the public.

Ruthie is an avid blogger, Facebook post-er, and creative writer. She enjoys practical teaching – whether it’s dissecting a calf for 4-H kids as an anatomy lesson, or preparing pony clubbers for a quiz rally. She found that organizing a birthing center at the Delaware State Fair put the limelight on the miracle of birth – bringing it from the “everyday world of the barn” to hundreds of amazed fairgoers.

“There’s nothing like taking the mike in front of a crowd and just telling it like it is! I have come to realize that folks marvel at accounts of what we consider everyday work. Some of it is high drama, but much of it is simply enlightening and educational. You’d be surprised at the questions people ask. The world needs to know what we do – all of us in agriculture. I will tell you why.”

Capt. Vaughn T. Poe

Transitioning from the Battle Field to the Hay Field

Capt. Vaughn T. Poe was born and raised in West Alabama. He graduated from Akron Community High School, Akron, Alabama during May of 1993. Immediately following graduation Mr. Poe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; attending recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. At the rank of Staff Sergeant, Mr. Poe excelled beyond the enlisted ranks and received an officer’s commission as an Advanced Computer Networks Communications Officer in 2003. He was promoted to the grade of Captain on 1 June 2008 and his last assignment on active duty was as Regional Network Operations and Security Center (RNOSC) Director for Marine Forces Reserves, New Orleans, La. During his 21 years of active duty service, Capt. Poe has led as many as 150 Marines (in combat) and toured global and domestic assignments including Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Kosovo, Hungary, Missouri, Virginia, South Carolina and multiple combat tours in Iraq.

After his military career, Capt. Poe retired to Hale County and started PoeFolks Cattle Company, LLC. The ranch now consists of operations in both Hale and Greene counties. Additionally, he is also a Cyber Security Engineer for The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). The Poe Family has been farming in Hale and Greene Counties since the mid-late 1800s. Their original crops were cotton and soy beans, later transitioning to cattle and corn. Vaughn Poe is the current proprietor of approximately interest of the Poe and Allen families’ land interest across Hale and Greene Counties.

Capt Poe has worked with several State and Federal agencies in land management, agricultural development, soil and water conservation, horticulture, and farming best practices. PoeFolks Brangus is the product of extensive collaboration with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Greensboro Farmer’s Cooperative, and Alabama Forestry Commission (Hale Co). The Poe Farm is a mix of loblolly pines, Oak hardwoods, Red Cedar, and several variations of Gum. Additionally, the farm also consists of Costal Bermuda, Bahia, and Fescue grasses. The Alabama Forestry Commission’s local foresters assisted Capt. Poe in creating his first land management plan and continue to advise the farm today.