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Conference Name Ranchers Leasing Workshops: Risk Management on the Range

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Greg Kaase, and Emmy Kiphen


The award-winning Ranchers Leasing Workshop, offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, was initially funded by the Southern Risk Management Education Center. The course provides information regarding legal and economic issues facing owners and tenants of ranchland, focusing particularly on grazing, hunting, and livestock leases. Instructors are an agricultural law specialist and agricultural economist. Live programs are held throughout Texas, and recently, an online course was launched allowing even those unable to attend live meetings to benefit from the course.

In the last 6 years, 1,229 participants have attended the 20 live workshops, representing 1.426 million acres of ranchland owned or leased. In the last 9 months, 108 participants have registered for the online course. 100% of live and online attendees report they would recommend this course to a friend, and 99% were completely satisfied with the instructors’ knowledge and presentation ability. In addition to an evaluation conducted at the conclusion of the workshops, a follow up evaluation is conducted 6 months after the event to determine what actions have been taken by attendees. Over all categories, participants report a 90% increase in knowledge, and 100% of attendees have taken at least one action step to reduce legal risk.

The purpose of this poster is to highlight the program elements that have led to successful outcomes for participants. By highlighting the program topics, workshop logistics, online course development, participant feedback, and evaluation results, this poster tells the story of this successful Extension program.