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Got risk? Now, Texas beef cattle producers can take a look at ways to manage their production and deal with price and financial stresses to boot.

Cattle raisers around the state are invited to participate in a new program being offered by Texas Cooperative Extension in April and May.

The first of eight one-day conferences, developed for the state's beef cattle industry, will be April 5 in Amarillo, followed by another on April 7 in Wichita Falls. Next will be April 20 in Hallettsville, April 28 in Abilene, May 11 in Sulphur Springs, May 18 in Waco, May 19 in Palestine, and May 26 in Alpine. Each event will start at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m.

"Got Risk" programs are the result of an Extension partnership with the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

"That's the conference objective, plain and simple," said Dr. Steve Amosson, Extension economist in Amarillo. "Give cattle raisers what they need now to make informed choices about the tools and strategies currently available."

Nationwide, Extension risk management experts say having an effective management plan will help any agribusiness operator not only limit risk but improve profitability.

At the upcoming conferences, Texas producers will have an opportunity to hear risk management professionals with Extension, the TDA and beef cattle industry give unbiased evaluations of the tools, products and strategies currently available.

The $20 per person registration fee, payable at the door, will help defray costs of a proceedings publication. For more information, contact any county Extension office or visit http://mastermarketer.tamu.edu/tbrm.

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