Wolf Point Herald

Montana FSA Announces FSA/MSU’s Farm And Ranch Financial, Production Management Training Schedule

U.S. Department of Agriculture Montana Farm Service Agency, in conjunction with Montana State University, have announced the schedule of the financial and production management training which is available for Montana agriculture producers.

The series of six one-day training sessions will begin on Nov. 4 and will run through Dec. 9. Each of the six sessions is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.   

This continuing education course is available to anyone interested in learning more about managing their farm/ranch operation. This course also meets the requirements for production and financial management training for FSA loan recipients. In order to qualify for a certificate, all six sessions must be attended. Participants will be asked to pay the registration fee to cover the cost of the video conferencing at the first session they attend.

The cost to attend all six training sessions is $100 per family unit. A registration fee of $20 will be charged for anyone interested in attending a single session. The sessions are scheduled for Nov. 4, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Anyone interested in attending should contact one of the locations listed below.

Available training locations locally are:

·Glasgow USDA Service Center at 54062 US Hwy. 2, Suite 1 - Valley County FSA Office; Contact Sharon Baillargeon at 228-4321, ext. 105.

·Wolf Point Campus - Robert Dumont Building, Fort Peck Community College; Contact Sharon Baillargeon at 228-4321, ext. 105 or Debra Duke at 406-433-2103, ext. 109.

Topics to be covered are: family business issues, goals and assessments, taxation issues, financial analysis I - records and ratios, crop and livestock marketing, crop production, livestock production, risk management, communicating about estate planning, tools estate planning, policy issues (farm and ranch programs) and retirement planning.

The workshops are designed to provide a variety of management and production tools to assist producers in meeting today's financial demands.   

For more information, contact the location contacts listed above. The training course schedule and more FSA news are available on the Montana Farm Service Agency state website at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt.