Changes to global ag markets, grain marketing tips, finding affordable health insurance, characteristics of successful farmers and farm profitability in southwest Minnesota will be featured at the 2018 Farm Management Profitability Conference March 21 at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton. Agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals throughout southwest Minnesota are encouraged to attend.

The program features presentations on how to maintain and improve farm profitability. Joe Lardy, research manager for CHS Hedging, will provide insights on changes happening around the globe with major ag producing countries that could have big impacts on U.S. imports. Ed Usset, grain marketing specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management, will share tips on what producers should do in the face of tight margins and low grain prices.

Rolanda Mason, Supervising Attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, will share how to identify and understand the health insurance options available through MNsure for farmers and other self-employed families.

 The conference will also feature an analysis of the 2017 profitability trends of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association’s (SWMFBMA) member farms and the results of a top farmer research study.

Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. The registration form and fee, which includes handouts, refreshments and lunch, is due by March 15. To download a registration form, visit For more information, call (507) 752-7372. 

The 2018 Farm Management Probability Conference is sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Photo courtesy of the SWROC