Strengthen Your Farm Business

February 21, 2019  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
La Crosse, Wis.

 

Presenters:

Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Scott Marlow, Rural Advancement Foundation International

 

Topics:

  • Assessing risks
  • Production practices
  • Diversifying marketplace access
  • Crop insurance options

 

 

Description:

Farming is an inherently risky business. Faced with climate change, uncertainty in international marketplaces, water contamination, inadequate insurance, and more variables, farmers need to leverage all the tools available to be successful.

Learn how managing for strong soils, diversifying marketplace access, finding the right crop insurance, and employing forward-thinking production practices can reduce risk and strengthen your farm business.

Margaret Krome is the policy program director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and the interim executive director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She is well-versed in federal programs that support organic and sustainable farming, along with crop insurance programs supporting diversified farms. She’ll lay out a buffet of options so you can select the tools that will offer the best support for your farm.  Scott Marlow, of Rural Advancement Foundation International, brings his expertise in financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management and how that infrastructure addresses food security and global climate change.

Presenter bio:

Margaret Krome is Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin.  She helps develop state and local programs and policies supporting environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agriculture.  Ms. Krome conducts workshops and webinars nationwide on grant writing, using federal programs to support sustainable agriculture, and on new USDA crop insurance programs supporting diversified farms.  She sits on the Board the National Center for Appropriate Technology and writes a bi-weekly editorial column for The Capital Times in Madison.

 

Scott Marlow is Senior Policy Specialist at RAFI-USA. Previously RAFI-USA’s Executive Director, Scott also directed the Farm Sustainability program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers increasing the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets. Scott’s specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management and how that infrastructure addresses food security and global climate change.

 

 

 

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