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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

January 20

Noon-1 p.m. CST

Farm Program Details, Decisions, and Directions

With: Cathy Anderson, Production and Compliance Programs Chief for the USDA Nebraska FSA Jessi Remmers, Nebraska FSA Program Specialist; and Brad Lubben, Extension Policy Specialist from UNL.

With a new year, agricultural producers and professionals face new farm program decisions and directions under the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) programs through USDA Farm Service Agency. This webinar will provide an update on farm programs and other relevant programs, such as the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and Dairy Margin Coverage Program, and assistance for producers. The webinar will highlight the details and decisions ahead for 2022 and also discuss the path ahead for farm programs as initial ideas and plans begin to surface for the next farm bill due in 2023.

Anderson will discuss farm program decisions for 2022 under the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) commodity crop safety net, as well as review pandemic program assistance through Nebraska FSA. County FSA offices currently are taking ARC/PLC election and enrollment applications.

Remmers will discuss the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP can be valuable to producers of non-insurable crops, protecting against losses due to natural disasters, but producers must apply for coverage ahead of an upcoming application deadline. Remmers also will briefly review the Dairy Margin Coverage program, which also has an upcoming application deadline.

Lubben will discuss the path ahead for farm programs as policy discussions begin for the next farm bill due in 2023.


January 27

Noon-1 p.m. CST

Developing Your Business Plan With AgPlan

With: Curtis Mahnken, Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota.

You have likely had someone tell you that you NEED a business plan. For good reason - a business plan helps you tell your business story to others. People understand how you operate, who does the operation, how you market your business, your financial picture, and perhaps most importantly - WHY you are in that business to begin with. In "Developing Your Business Plan With AgPlan," we will de-mystify the business plan writing process by discussing why it is important, how to write your plan, and then show you how easily it can be done in AgPlan.


February 3

Noon-1 p.m. CST

Cost of Production for 2022 Crop Enterprises with the Ag Budget Calculator

With: Glennis McClure, Farm and Ranch Management Analyst, UNL; and Jay Parsons, Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, UNL

It’s as easy as ABC to create and customize crop enterprise budgets for 2022. During this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of the new Agricultural Budget Calculator (ABC) that has been developed for cost of production forecasting. With the 2022 Nebraska Crop Budgets available to download into user’s accounts, these budgets can be modified to fit your individual situation. Program users can also start from scratch and develop their own enterprise budgets. We’ll briefly highlight the analysis features built into the program, including a risk module.


Februray 21

Noon-1 p.m. CST

Agricultural Land Management Quarterly

With: Jim Jansen, Agricultural Economist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Allan Vyhnalek, extension educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Center for Agricultural Profitability's Agricultural Land Management Quarterly webinar series offers management advice and insight for Nebraska landowners, agricultural producers and others with an interest in agricultural land. The webinars will conclude with an “Ask the Experts” session where participants can get answers to their land or lease questions.

Recent Trends in Nebraska Cash Rental Rates

  • Trends in cash rents for 2021-2022
  • Calculating cash rental rates to reflect market prices or farm yields

Updating Agricultural Leases for the 2022 Production Season

  • Considerations for landlords and tenants entering the new growing season
  • free lease resources

Ask an Expert

  • Review of submitted questions and from meeting participants
  • Upcoming land management workshops and publications
  • Register

March 3

Noon-1 p.m. CST

Making Farm Program, Crop Insurance, and Market Risk Management Decisions for 2022

WITH: Brad Lubben, Policy Specialist; Cory Walters, Grain Marketing Specialist; and Jessica Groskopf, Agricultural Economist (all with Nebraska Extension).

The webinar will focus on the role of farm programs, crop insurance, and marketing strategies for the 2022 crop production year. We will discuss newly finalized crop insurance price information for 2021, as well as marketing strategies and the factors that may impact ARC and PLC programs in the coming year.


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Valuing Manure as a Seller or a Buyer (Jan. 13, 2022 Webinar)
Finding a Trusted Tax Advisor (Jan. 6, 2022 Webinar)
Basic Ag Leasing Decisions for 2022 (Dec. 16, 2021 Webinar)
Fertilizer Cost Increases, Projected Cost of Production and Navigating a Riskier Financial Environment (Nov. 18, 2021 Webinar)
Building a Financial Future (Nov. 16, 2021 Webinar)
Ag Land Management Quarterly - Nov. 15, 2021
Production and Management Lessons: UNL TAPS Review 2021 (Nov. 11, 2021 Webinar)
The Impact of Price and Management on Culling Decisions (Nov. 4, 2021 Webinar)
Family and Business Relationships (Oct. 28, 2021 Webinar)
Farm Programs, Farm Income and Agricultural Outlook (Oct. 21, 2021 Webinar)
Grant Opportunities for New and Existing Meat Processing Plants (Oct. 14, 2021 Webinar)
Developing A Meat Processing Plant: Financial and Legal Issues (Oct. 12, 2021 Webinar)
Cover Crops, Soil Health and Financial Incentives (Oct. 8, 2021 Webinar)
Exploring The Growing Climate Solutions Act and Carbon Credits (Sept. 30, 2021 Webinar)
Don't Drown in Paperwork (Sept. 23, 2021 Webinar)
Considerations When Developing Winter Cow Care Agreements (Sept. 2, 2021 Webinar)
2021 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Overview (Aug. 26, 2021 Webinar)
Your Farm or Ranch: Estate? Succession? Legacy? (Aug. 19, 2021 Webinar)
Agricultural Land Management Quarterly - Aug. 16, 2021
Ag Carbon Credit Organizations: Panel Discussion (Aug. 12, 2021 Webinar)
Early Weaning Calves: Management, Nutrition and Profitability (Aug.5, 2021 Webinar)
Making Decisions After the Storm (July 29, 2021 Webinar)
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)