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.



2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
- Milwaukee, WI

April 11–12, 2018

Milwaukee, WI

The 2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will take place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

The 2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses.


Keynote Speakers

Michael Boehlje

Michael Boehlje

Enterprise Risk Management: A New Paradigm for Production Agriculture

Mike Boehlje is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. Mike has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions.

The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of economics, finance and strategy to solve problems of farm and agribusiness managers. A major theme of Mike’s research, writing and lecturing for the past 10 years has been the importance of strategic planning and thinking, and positioning the firm for long- term viability and success. His work has attempted to extend and apply modern management concepts of systems analysis, process control, transactions cost, strategic positioning, real options and supply/value chain management to the food production, processing and distribution system.

Mike is the author or co-author of four books and more than 500 articles and publications. He is also a senior associate of Centrec Consulting. He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. Mike is also the 2011 recipient of the Frederick L. Hovde Award, which honors excellence in education service to the rural people of Indiana.

Captain Vaughn T Poe

Capt. Vaughn T. Poe

Transitioning from the Battle Field to the Hay Field

Capt. Vaughn T. Poe was born and raised in West Alabama. He graduated from Akron Community High School, Akron, Alabama during May of 1993. Immediately following graduation Mr. Poe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; attending recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. At the rank of Staff Sergeant, Mr. Poe excelled beyond the enlisted ranks and received an officer’s commission as an Advanced Computer Networks Communications Officer in 2003. He was promoted to the grade of Captain on 1 June 2008 and his last assignment on active duty was as Regional Network Operations and Security Center (RNOSC) Director for Marine Forces Reserves, New Orleans, La. During his 21 years of active duty service, Capt. Poe has led as many as 150 Marines (in combat) and toured global and domestic assignments including Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Kosovo, Hungary, Missouri, Virginia, South Carolina and multiple combat tours in Iraq.

After his military career, Capt. Poe retired to Hale County and started PoeFolks Cattle Company, LLC. The ranch now consists of operations in both Hale and Greene counties. Additionally, he is also a Cyber Security Engineer for The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). The Poe Family has been farming in Hale and Greene Counties since the mid-late 1800s. Their original crops were cotton and soy beans, later transitioning to cattle and corn. Vaughn Poe is the current proprietor of approximately 1Ž2 interest of the Poe and Allen families’ land interest across Hale and Greene Counties.

Capt Poe has worked with several State and Federal agencies in land management, agricultural development, soil and water conservation, horticulture, and farming best practices. PoeFolks Brangus is the product of extensive collaboration with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Greensboro Farmer’s Cooperative, and Alabama Forestry Commission (Hale Co). The Poe Farm is a mix of loblolly pines, Oak hardwoods, Red Cedar, and several variations of Gum. Additionally, the farm also consists of Costal Bermuda, Bahia, and Fescue grasses. The Alabama Forestry Commission’s local foresters assisted Capt. Poe in creating his first land management plan and continue to advise the farm today.