This conference is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA funding is provided for the scientific/education portion of the program.



Extension Risk Management Education
National Conference

April 3-4, 2013
Pre-Conference Seminar April 2, 2013

The 7th Extension Risk Management Education National Conference took place at The Westin Westminster in Denver, Colorado.

This biennial conference featured 3 keynote presentations, over 40 hours of individual concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and a pre-conference seminar.

The Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brings together private and public sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals. Our biennial conference allows this diverse group to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families.

Conference participants learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the following types of risks associated with their agribusinesses:

  • Production
  • Price or Market
  • Financial
  • Legal/Institutional
  • Human Risk

Our conference continues to grow! Over 200 participants from a variety of educational institutions, agencies and corporations attended the Extension RME National Conference in 2011.


2013 Keynote Speakers

Elwynn Taylor

Dr. Elwynn Taylor is well known for his analysis of weather influence on the Midwest.  He is widely recognized for his clear explanations of the complexities of long-term weather variability.  Dr. Taylor is the Extension Climatologist at Iowa State University. 

Before moving to Iowa in 1979, he was a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Alabama.  He was educated in botany at Utah State University and completed his doctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis in 1970.  He has published more than 200 articles reporting his research on the impacts of weather conditions.  His voice is well known from his regular Midwest radio broadcasts of crop-weather and other educational information.  His explanations of Global Warming, Ozone Depletion, the El Niño, and other weather events and how they impact life and our economy are clear, insightful and concise.  All persons concerned with climate-associated risks will benefit from Dr. Taylor’s clear and often humorous explanations. 

Widely requested for banquet, convention and technical keynote presentations, audiences value his affable and informative delivery.  He is recipient of the “Distance Learning Innovator’s Award,” the “Excellence in Extension Education,” and the national “Excellence in Economic Education” awards.  He received the Iowa Regent’s “Professional Achievement” award.

He is a consultant to state and national planning and climate (flood and drought) response committees and agencies.  He consults to numerous financial, legal, and agricultural firms and agencies.  In 2003 he received the “Distinguished Service to Agriculture” award presented by the Iowa Farm Bureau (joining 3 other Iowa State University professors in this honor: William G. Murray (1987), Neil E. Harl (1992), and Louis Thompson (1995)).

Tom Gillaspy

Tom Gillaspy served as the Minnesota State Demographer for 32 years. During that time, he worked on a wide-ranging set of issues, applying the unique perspective of the demographer to trends in such areas as the economy; pension funds; health care for an aging population; education; school district populations and enrollments; higher education; health; migration and immigration; changing consumers and markets; rural population change; changing workforce and workplace; housing; and financing government.

Prior to moving to Minnesota, Tom held the position of demographer at the Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in economic demography. He also holds a Master's Degree in agricultural economics. A native of Texas, he received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Barry Flinchbaugh

Dr. Flinchbaugh is an award-winning Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University and a long-time advisor on ag policy to politicians of both parties. A native of York, Pennsylvania, he holds degrees from Penn State University and Purdue University. He has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from KSU College of Agriculture students on three different occasions. Dr. Flinchbaugh served as Chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 Farm Bill.

He receives approximately 150 speaking invitations per year and is the author of 100-plus publications including an agricultural policy textbook. Dr. Flinchbaugh applies his vast knowledge and experience in agriculture, economics, and politics to create a straightforward and entertaining blend of these three topics. Drawing on his authority and expertise, Dr. Flinchbaugh will stretch your imagination with his tell-it-like-it-is technique and approach on his topics.