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.



2015 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference - Minneapolis, MN

April 29-30, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

The 2015 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

Radisson Blu, Mall of America

This biennial conference features 3 keynote presentations, over 40 hours of individual concurrent session presentations, and a networking reception which includes a poster session. The pre-conference activities are for 2015 ERME grant recipients only.

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

2015 Keynote Speakers


Allen Featherstone

Past as Prologue – Lessons from the 1970s and 1980s

Allen M. Featherstone, Director of Master in Agribusiness Program at Kansas State University, was instrumental in developing the award-winning Master of Agribusiness distance education program. Launched in 1998, it was the first graduate agribusiness program in the United States to be offered through distance education and allows agribusiness professionals around the world to earn an advanced degree without career interruption. It currently has students and alumni from 40 states and 30 other nations.

As a leading agriculture finance scholar, he has studied land markets, investment decisions, mergers in the financial services industry, the probability of agricultural loan default and loan loss severity, the influence of taxes on farmland, and alternative federal tax systems. His production economics research has investigated issues such as ground water allocation in irrigated crop production, comparison of returns under alternative tillage systems, the costs of risk, interactions of weather soils, and management on corn yields, analysis of the returns to farm equity and assets, and analysis of the optimizing behavior of Kansas farmers, examining the stability of estimates using duality, and examining the application of a new functional forms for estimating production relationships.

Dale Nordquist

Financial Challenges for Farmers on the Next "New" Plateau

Dale Nordquist is an Extension Economist and Associate Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.

Dale's interests include farm business analysis, financial planning, credit analysis and software development. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching farm management and developing software tools for farm financial planning and analysis. Dale has also been a major contributor to the design and development of the FINPACK farm financial planning and analysis software as well as the FINBIN Farm Financial Database and many other software tools available from the Center For Farm Financial Management.

Cara L. Cuite

Public Perceptions of Genetically Modified Foods

Cara Cuite is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Dr. Cuite is a health psychologist who studies risk communication and public perceptions of food safety, food terrorism, and food technologies. She also works with Senior Nutrition Programs around the country to understand the food security, food safety, and emergency preparedness needs of homebound seniors. Her work is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and the New Jersey Sea Grant. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Psychology and Modern Languages from Union College.