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Minimizing Risk on Livestock & Poultry Operations


Minimizing Risk on Livestock & Poultry Operations

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In the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community, we are well aware that @#$% happens. Insurance is a means for providing some protection from both foreseen and unforeseen forces. While accidents are never pleasant, we can learn from past events to prevent, as best as possible, these misfortunes in the future. The speakers will share stories of events in barns and during manure hauling, and how these events interweave with standards and premiums. The speakers will share insights on private and public insurance programs related to livestock production and manure management.

An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.

Presenters include:

  • Jay Parson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Mike Keenan, Gallagher
  • Tess Van Gorder, Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Tom Piepkow, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan
  • Joe Harrison (moderator), Washington State University (retired)
  • Erin Cortus (organizer), University of Minnesota

Handouts (PDF format) will be available the day of the webinar at the live webinar information page. Find out more about this webinar and future webinars by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC).

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