Register Now for Let's Grow Webinar on March 29

March 25, 2016

The Let's Grow program is sponsoring its first webinar in 2016 titled Producer Groups: What are these all about, how do they work and why can they be so successful? The session will be held on March 29 at 7 p.m. CDT. To participate, register now at .

There is nothing else like them - producer groups. New Zealand, Australia, England, South America - shepherds in these areas regularly join and attend producer groups, often for many years. Why? Because producer groups work. Sheep producers and other farmers and ranchers meet on a regular basis, share knowledge and experience, gain up-to-date information from guest speakers and other resources, evaluate their own operations, try new techniques, improve productivity and gain immeasurable knowledge to help their operations expand and be profitable.

How do these groups work and what are the results? This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of producer groups, discussing how groups are organized, what they do, how shepherds benefit from being members, how groups can be financed and the critical role of the facilitator.

Hosting the event is Jay Parsons, Ph.D., agricultural economist, University of Nebraska. Presenters include Woody Lane, Ph.D., livestock nutritionist and forage specialist, Lane Livestock Services and Dave Ollila, extension sheep field specialist, South Dakota State University. For the past 20 years, Lane has organized and facilitated three successful producer groups in western Oregon. In addition, Dave Ollila will share his experiences working with a sheep producer group in western South Dakota.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.