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The Center for Ag Profitability's webinar series focuses on topics related to farm and ranch management, profitability, economics and farm survival for producers and ag industry professionals in Nebraska and beyond.

The live webcasts are typically presented at noon Central time on Thursdays. Registration is always free.

Scroll down for the schedule of upcoming webinars and the archive of past recordings, including our Farm and Ranch Management series that began in April 2020.

Webinar Archive

Upcoming Webinars

July 29

Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Making Decisions After the Storm

With Cory Walters, associate professor and grain marketing specialist, UNL Agricultural Economics; David Jones, professor and department head, UNL Biological Systems Engineering; and Jessica Groskopf, agricultural economist, Nebraska Extension.

Storms have damaged crops and bins across the state. This webinar will discuss crop insurance, marketing, and grain storage decisions for those in affected areas.


August 5

Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Early Weaning Calves: Management, Nutrition and Profitability


  • Karla Wilke, Associate Professor and Cow/Calf Specialist, UNL Animal Science
  • Randy Saner, Beef Systems Educator, Nebraska Extension
  • Matt Stockton, Associate Professor and Extension Agricultural Economist, UNL Agricultural Economics
  • Jay Parsons, Professor and Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, UNL Agricultural Economics

Early weaning beef calves can be a helpful management practice for many cow-calf operations, especially where quality forages may be lacking due to drought and other factors. How you manage the calves depends largely on the age of the animals and the producer’s goals. This webinar will explore different options and best practices for early weaning, covering nutrition, costs and potential benefits. The presenters will cover management-related topics like digestibility, passage rate through the rumen, vaccinations and feeding. The business side of the presentation will cover breakeven costs for feeding early weaned calves, risk management tools, marketing and more.


August 12

Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Ag Carbon Credit Organizations: Panel Discussion

With: Dave Aiken, Professor and Agricultural Law and Water Specialist, UNL Agricultural Economics.

There is lots of discussion of ag carbon credits these days, and the U.S. Senate has just approved the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which could create greater transparency in ag carbon credit markets. This panel discussion will include representatives of ag carbon credit companies. After each panel member provides a summary of how their company approaches the ag carbon credit market, we will open it up to questions from our viewers. Be sure to join us for what should be a very informative session.


August 19

Noon-1 p.m. CDT

Your Farm or Ranch: Estate? Succession? Legacy?

With: Jeff Tranel, Agricultural and Business Management Economist, Colorado State University Extension

Jeff Tranel is an Agricultural and Business Management Economist with Colorado State University. His professional interest focus on estate and succession planning, financial management, income tax management, and human resource management.


August 26

Noon-1 p.m. CDT

2021 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Overview

With: Jim Jansen, Extension Educator and Agricultural Economist, UNL Agricultural Economics

Nebraska agricultural land values increased by 6% over the prior year, to a statewide average of $2,895 per acre, according to the final results of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2021 Farm Real Estate Report. This marks the second consecutive annual increase.

Land industry professionals responding to the annual survey attributed the rise in Nebraska farm real estate values to current interest rate levels, crop prices, and COVID-19 disaster assistance payments provided to operators across the state.

Operators faced an exceptional amount of risk and uncertainty when navigating production decisions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lower interest rates and disaster assistance payments provided stability to an industry facing an economic shutdown and disruptions of supply chains.

This webinar will provide an overview of 2021 land values and cash rental rates as well as trends and outlook.


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Analyzing the Proposed '30x30' Conservation Plan with Dave Aiken (July 22, 2021 Webinar)
Business and Financial IQ: The Difference Maker with Dr. David Kohl (July 15, 2021 Webinar)
Conservation Program Opportunities for Producers and Landowners (July 8, 2021 Webinar)
Negotiation and Communications in Farm Transition and Farmland Leasing (June 24, 2021 Webinar)
The Economic Impact of Dairy Processing Expansion in Nebraska (June 17, 2021 Webinar)
Back to Basics: Control Costs and Maximize Profits (June 10, 2021 Webinar)
The Growing Role of Exports in Livestock Markets (June 3, 2021 Webinar)
Irrigation Strategies for Profit and Productivity and What TAPS Data Tells Us (May 27, 2021 Webinar)
Benchmarking and Profitability for Beef Operations (May 20, 2021 Webinar)
Economic Recovery in U.S. Agriculture (May 13, 2021 Webinar)
Agricultural Assistance Through PAP, ARP, and CFAP: What Are These and Why Should Farmers, Ranchers Care? (May 6, 2021 Webinar)
Understanding the How and Use of NASS Cattle Reports (April 29, 2021 Webinar)
USDA Farm Service Agency Program Tools to Assist Producers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 23, 2020 webinar)
The Economic Viability of Winter Wheat (April 22, 2021 Webinar)
Carbon Markets and Carbon Banks: What Do They Mean for Nebraska Agriculture? (April 15, 2021 Webinar)
Panel Discussion: Proposed Changes to Capital Gains (April 8, 2021 Webinar)
Understanding the How and Use of NASS Hog Inventory Reports (March 25, 2021 Webinar)
2021 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey - Preliminary Results Overview (March 18, 2021 Webinar)
Nebraska Sales Tax and Exemptions for Agriculture (March 11, 2021 Webinar)
Succession and Estate Planning for Farm and Ranch - Part 2 (March 4, 2021 Webinar)
Making Farm Program and Crop Insurance Decisions for 2021 (March 1, 2021 Webinar)
Succession and Estate Planning for Farm and Ranch - Part 1 (Feb. 25, 2021 Webinar)
Watch: Winter Rate of Gain and Market Timing in Yearling Systems
It Costs How Much? Understanding Costs of Production (Feb. 11, 2021 Webinar)
Are Livestock Producers Willing to Pay for Traceability Programs? (Feb. 4, 2021 Webinar)
Adding Value to Livestock Through Approved Certification Programs (Jan. 28, 2021 Webinar)
The Role of the Odor Footprint Tool in Livestock Nuisance Litigation (Jan. 21, 2021 Webinar)
Preparing for Loan Renewal (Jan. 14, 2021 webinar)
Farm Program and Ag Policy Update (Dec. 17, 2020 Webinar)
Farm Tax Law Changes for 2020 (Dec. 10, 2020 Webinar)
2021 Crop Budgets and the new Agricultural Budget Calculator Program (Dec. 3, 2020 webinar)
Evaluating Risk Management Alternatives via RightRisk Analytics (Nov. 20, 2020 Webinar)
Livestock Risk Management and LRP Updates (With USDA and the national Extension Risk Management Education Program) (Nov. 12, 2020 webinar)
Farm Credit in 2020: A Lending Institution Perspective (Nov. 5, 2020 Webinar)
2020 Ballot Measures (Oct. 29, 2020 Webinar)
The Financial State of Ag for Nebraska Producers (Oct. 22, 2020 Webinar)
Farm Income and Farm Program Payments Update (Oct. 15, 2020 webinar)
2020 Property Tax Changes (Oct. 8, 2020 Webinar)
The Economic Impact of Nebraska Agriculture (Oct. 1, 2020 Webinar)
Troubles in the Cattle Markets: A Farm Organization’s Response (Sept. 24, 2020 webinar)
Payoffs to Metaphylaxis in High Health Risk Feeder Cattle
Farmland Trends and Lease Considerations for 2021 (Sept. 10, 2020 webinar)
Ownership Retention Decisions: Is the Market Willing to Pay? (Sept. 3, 2020 webinar)
Successful Ag Succession: Communications and Negotiation (Aug. 27, 2020 webinar)
Business and Health Care Powers of Attorney (Aug. 20, 2020 webinar)
Marketing Corn and Soybeans After the August WASDE Report (Aug. 13, 2020 webinar)
Drought: Financial Implications of Possible Decisions (Aug. 6, 2020 webinar)
Ag Estate Planning During a Pandemic (Aug. 5, 2020 webinar)
2020 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates Overview (July 30, 2020 webinar)
Financial Considerations of Forage Purchases (July 23, 2020 webinar)
2020 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report (July 16, 2020 webinar)
Cash Flowing to the Other Side of COVID-19 (July 9, 2020 webinar)
Insurance Tools for Managing Forage Production Risk (July 2, 2020 webinar)
Managing Risk in the Hog Market (June 25, 2020 webinar)
Force Majeure: How Extraordinary Events Can Impact Ag Contracts (June 18, 2020 webinar)
Farm Survival Marketing Strategies (June 11, 2020 webinar)
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in Nebraska: What You Need To Know (June 4, 2020 webinar)
Ethanol: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (May 28, 2020 webinar)
Managing Behavioral Health: A Key to Farming and Ranching in the Era of COVID (May 21, 2020 webinar)
Meat Packing Industry: How Capacity, Workers and Supply Chain Flow Have Changed due to COVID-19 (May 14, 2020 webinar)
Strategies for Business Success During COVID-19 (May 7, 2020 webinar)
Leading Yourself, Your Workforce and Your Business in the COVID-19 Crisis (April 30, 2020 webinar)
COVID-19 Economic Developments and U.S. Agriculture (April 16, 2020 webinar)