Agricultural professionals strive to provide cutting edge education and research programs, delivered through the context of specialists in the field and trained adult volunteers. While the impact of such programs can be significant, the risks associated with conducting those programs can be equally significant especially for the agricultural professional, landowner, farmer, local business, or customer. When considering the potential for risk related incidence, professionals and volunteers who continue without consideration of the potential risks associated with programming can be described as reckless, oblivious and even negligent. Conscientious professionals can deliver effective programs and reduce the likelihood of risk related by developing the practice of planning for potential risk. Through identification and assessment of the severity of risks that may occur, professionals can incorporate safety practices, develop policies and secure appropriate permissions, to proceed with greater confidence that educational programs will achieve the intended positive outcomes. This session presents risk management strategies that should be implemented in the planning phase of program development. Resources will be shared that can be adapted by participants for their own program delivery, to better manage risk and control damages. Program examples will focus on actual educational program situations so learners can apply the theoretical to reality. Summarized data reflecting participant’s knowledge of risk management, practices learned, use of planning tools, and methods of sharing will be provided. Agricultural professionals will leave this session better prepared to manage program risk and F.A.R.M. (Focus on Agricultural Risk Management) into the next century.
|Conference||2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference|
|Presentation Type||30-Minute Concurrent|