Online Courses

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2008 Insurance & Risk Management course
Feasibility of Alternative Rural Enterprises course
Taxes for Agricultural Enterprises course
Strategic Planning and Goal Setting course
Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite: Whole Farm Revenue Insurance module
Livestock Gross Margin - Dairy: Margin Insurance module
Getting on Track: Ag Records course
Resource Inventory course
A Lasting Legacy- course 1
A Lasting Legacy- course 2

AGR-Lite Training course
Disaster Assistance Programs for Livestock Producers: A Brief Introduction module
Getting On Track: Financial Statements Course
Getting On Track: Understanding Financial Performance Course
Management Succession: Where Are We?
Management Succession: Where Do We Want to Go? Management Succession: How Do We Get There From Here?
Risk Scenario Planning: Evaluating Risk and Risk Management Strategies


 

Risk Scenario Planning:
Evaluating Risk and Risk Management Strategies

Authors:
John P. Hewlett
Jay Parsons
William Taylor

  Contents include:
  • Introduction to Risk
  • Risk Strategies
  • Case Studies: Gates Creek Land & Livestock
  • Case Studies: Big Country Farms
  • Case Studies: Bell Livestock
  • Case Studies: Z-F Ranch
  • Risk Scenairo Planning Tool Overview
  • Expectations About the Future
  • Risk Management Framework

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Management Succession:
How Do We Get There From Here?

Authors:
John P. Hewlett
William Taylor

  Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Journey to Management Succession
  • Beyond Goals for Change
  • Where Do We Go From Here?
  • and a 120-page Management Succession Workbook

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Management Succession:
Where Do We Want to Go?

Authors:
John P. Hewlett
Rodney L. Sharp
Jeffrey E. Tranel

  Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Family Case Studies: Miller Family
  • Family Case Studies: Howell Family
  • Family Case Studies: Morgan Family
  • Succession Planning Process: Written Plan
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

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Management Succession:
Where Are We?

Authors:
Rodney L. Sharp
John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

  Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Business Issues
  • The Succession Planning Process
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

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Getting on Track:
Understanding
Financial Performance

Authors:
Rodney L. Sharp
John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

  Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • What is financial analysis?
  • Measures of liquidity
  • Measures of solvency
  • Measures of profitability
  • Measures of financial efficiency
  • Measures of repayment capacity
  • Where Do I Go From Here?

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Getting on Track:
Better Management
Through Basic
Financial Statements

Authors:
Rodney L. Sharp
John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

  Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Balance Sheets
  • Income Statements
  • Statements of Owner Equity
  • Where Do I Go From Here?

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Getting on Track:
Better Management
Through Basic Ag Records

Authors:
Trent Teegerstrom
John P. Hewlett
Rodney L. Sharp
Jeffrey E. Tranel

Contents include:
  • Vignettes:
    • Preserving The Tradition
    • Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket
    • Get the Max From Your Tax
    • 4-H Gone Hog Wild
  • Why Keep Records?
  • Basic Record Keeping 5 Easy Steps
  • Keeping Production Records
  • Keeping Financial Records
  • Schedule F
  • Where Do I Go From Here?

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Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite:
Whole Farm Revenue Insurance

Author:
John P. Hewlett

  Contents include:
  • What is AGR-Lite?
  • How do I get it?
  • More Information

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Livestock Gross Margin - Dairy: Margin Insurance

Author:
John P. Hewlett

  Contents include:
  • What is Livestock Gross Margin - Dairy?
  • How Does LGM - Dairy Work?
  • How do I get it?
  • More Information

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Disaster Assistance Programs for Livestock Producers:
A Brief Introduction

Author:
John P. Hewlett

  Contents include:
  • What are Disaster Assistance Programs?
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
  • Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE)
  • More Information

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2008 Insurance & Risk
Management course

 

Authors:
James B. Johnson
John P. Hewlett
Chris Bastian

Contents include:
  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • Sources of Risk
  • RMA Insurance Overview
  • RMA Crop Production and Revenue Insurance Products
    • Acres of planted crops, acres insured; MPCI; CAT
    • Crop Revenue Insurance (CRC)
    • Group Risk Plan (GRP)
    • Group Risk Income Protection (GRIP)
    • Forage Insurance (Seeding & Production)
    • Seed and Specialty Crop Insurance
    • Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite
  • Rangeland Insurance
    • GRP Rangeland (Net Hay Index)
    • GRP Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (Vegetation Index)
  • Production Risk Management in the Absence of RMA Products
  • Livestock Insurance
    • LRP Feeder Cattle
    • LRP Fed Cattle
    • LRP Swine
    • LRP Lamb
  • Price Risk and Diversification
  • Retained Ownership of Livestock and Risk
  • Drought Mitigation
  • Self-Assessment

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Feasibility of Alternative Rural Enterprises course

Authors:
Rodney Sharp
John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

Contents include:
  • Agricultural and Rural Enterprises
    • Definition and Common Traits
    • Alternative Enterprises
    • Level Of Interest - SWOT Analysis
  • Selecting and Planning for Alternative Enterprises
    • Assessing Feasibility
    • Competitive Analysis
    • Business Planning
  • Assessing Risks
    • Risk Preferences
    • Sources of Risk
    • Risk Management Strategies

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Taxes for Agricultural
Enterprises
course

 

Authors:
Jeffrey E. Tranel
John P. Hewlett
Rodney Sharp

Contents include:
  • Definition of a Farm
    • Profit Farming
    • Hobby Farm
  • The Importance of Records
  • Farm Income
  • Farm Expenses
  • Tax Management
  • Final Exercise

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Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work

Strategic Planning and
Goal Setting
course

Authors:
William R. Taylor
John P. Hewlett
Randolph R. Weigel

Contents include:
  • Course Overview
    • Getting Started
    • Meet the Families
  • Module 1 - Intro to ERF
    • Lesson 1 - The Family Business
    • Lesson 2 - The ERF Model
    • Lesson 3 - Family and Business Roles
    • Lesson 4 - Life Cycle and Changes
  • Module 2 - Visions, Missions and Goals
    • Lesson 1 - Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
    • Lesson 2 - Visioning
    • Lesson 3 - The Mission Statement
    • Lesson 4 - Strategic Goals
    • Lesson 5 - The Planning Process

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Enterprising Rural Families: Making it Work
Resource
Inventory
course

 

Authors:
Randolph R. Weigel
John P. Hewlett
William R. Taylor

Contents include:
  • Course Description
    • Getting Started
    • Meet the Prestons
  • Resource
    Inventory
    • Lesson 1 - Intro to Resource Inventory
    • Lesson 2 - Individual System Inventory
    • Lesson 3 - Family System Inventory
    • Lesson 4 - Business System Inventory
    • Lesson 5 - Community Inventory

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A Lasting Legacy
Course 1

Authors:
Rodney L. Sharp

John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

Contents include:
  • Course Overview
    • Course Description
    • Getting Started
    • What is a Legacy?
  • Module 1 - Intergenerational Relationships
    • Lesson 1 - Parent/Adult Child Relationships
    • Lesson 2 - Managing Intergenerational Relationships
    • Lesson 3 - Improving Communication
  • Module 2 - Legacy Components
    • Lesson 1 - Values and Life Lessons
    • Lesson 2 - Personal Possessions of Emotional Value

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A Lasting Legacy
Course 2

 

Authors:
Jeffrey E. Tranel
John P. Hewlett
Rodney L. Sharp

Contents include:
  • Course Overview
    • Course Description
    • Getting Started
    • What is a Legacy?
  • Module 1 - Final Wishes and Instructions
    • Lesson 1 - End-of-Life Issues
    • Lesson 2 - Pre-Death Wishes
    • Lesson 3 - Final Instructions
  • Module 2 - Financial Assets and Real Estate
    • Lesson 1 - Estate Planning
    • Lesson 2 - Financial Planning
    • Lesson 3 - Transferring Real Property
  • Summary
    • Lesson 1 - Course Summary

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AGR-Lite
Training
course

Authors:
Rodney L. Sharp
John P. Hewlett
Jeffrey E. Tranel

Contents include:
  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • AGR-Lite Overview
  • Application Process
  • In the Event of a Loss
  • Documentation Considerations
  • Summary and Example

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SPONSORS:
USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)

 

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