A series of workshops will be held Sept. 18-20 to provide an overview of USDA Risk Management Agency's Livestock Gross Margin Insurance for Dairy Cattle.

Dairy farm operators, agricultural lenders, insurance providers and other dairy industry professionals are encouraged to attend.

Workshop participants will learn to remove some of the margin risk due to fluctuating milk and feed prices.

Participants will also gain experience in the use of a sophisticated web-based decision tools.

The workshops are hosted by University of Idaho Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension and USDA's Risk Management Agency.

They will be held at the following times and locations:

* Sept. 18: University of Idaho Extension Southern District Office, 1904 East Chicago St., Caldwell, 208-454-7674.

* Sept. 19: Best Western Burley Inn and Convention Center, 800 N Overland Ave., Burley, 208-678-3501.

* Sept. 20: Canyon Crest Event Center, 330 Canyon Crest Drive, Twin Falls, 208-733-9392.

The workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Lunch is included.

Contact Professor Brian W. Gould, University of Wisconsin Extension and Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, at bwgould@wisc.edu or 608-263-3212.

-- Carol Ryan Dumas



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