A committee of Western Extension specialists has put together a series of live interact Web sessions that will kick off in June to help growers deal with today's changing economy.


The free series, dubed "Ag in Uncertain Times," will begin June 9 and will feature leading national economist David Kohl, according to a news release.


A Webinar June 10 will focus on how the credit environment is affecting agricultural credit. Featured panelists are Jay Penick, chief executive officer of the Northwest Farm Credit Association; Curt Covington, senior vice president for agribusiness banking with Bank of the West; and Chris Beyerhelm, assistant deputy administrator for farm loans with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.


Additional sessions will be held June 17 and 24 and will focus on how producers can manage their businesses in the evolving credit situation. They also will introduce several financial analysis tools available for ag enterprise managers.


Future sessions will be presented in September, October, November and December.


Participants need to have computers with speakers and high-speed Internet connections.


All Webinar sessions begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time and will last 60 to 90 minutes.


Montana State University is hosting the sessions, which can be access at http://www.msuextensionconnect.org.


No reservation is required, but each session is limited to 500 participants on a first-come basis.


The dates and topics for the Webinars for the remainder of the year are:
• Operating in the Face of Uncertain Markets: Sept. 9, 16, and 23
• Families Facing Uncertainty in Agriculture: Oct. 7, 14, and 21
• Operating in Risky Environments: Nov. 4, 11, and 18
• Pulling it All Together: Managing Ag Enterprises in Uncertain Times: Dec. 2, 9, and 16


For more information, visit http://www.farmmanagement.org.


The committee members who helped develop the programs represent the University of Arizona, University of California, Colorado State University, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management and the WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education.