“Strategies for Working with Banks and Lenders for California Dairy Producers” will be the topic of an educational conference Feb. 22 in Visalia. Economic forecasts for the California dairy industry will be provided along with panel discussions featuring 20 senior experts in banking, consulting, inputs, risk management, profit improvement, as well as leading processors.  Economic forecasts for the California dairy industry will be provided by Vernon Crowder, Rabobank and Duane Banderog, Blimlings, along with panel discussions featuring 16 experts including Michael Edwards, Moore Stephens Wurth Frazer & Torbet; Gary Genske, Genske,Mulder & Co.; Douglas Berg, Farm Credit West; David Ahlen, Hilmar Cheese; Robert Hodgen, J.D. Heiksell; Bob Stevens, Rabobank, and Riley Walter, Walter Wilhelm Law Group. “This seminar will be helpful for dairy producers anticipating negotiating existing or new loans or credit lines in 2011,” said Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.  “The implication of another round of stress tests at major banks as well as the implication of increasing volatility in costs and prices will be discussed. This conference should give producers information, contacts and tools needed to improve negotiations with banks and lenders.”  The conference will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Visalia from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $25 with a deadline of Feb. 18. The conference is sponsored by Western United Dairymen, Rabobank, Land O’Lakes and the Food Partners. Registration is available by clicking here.

Source: Western United Dairymen