Step 7: Rank Management Alternatives

by Dana L. Hoag, Colorado State University
The last tactical step is determining a risk management plan. Your choice will depend on your tolerance for risk (Steps 1 and 2); your goals (Step 3); and your risk management alternatives (Steps 4, 5, and 6).

Consider the example in the inset box. If you had to decide how much hay to store for your cattle, keeping in mind winter weather uncertainties, would you buy more hay, keep the amount that you produced, or sell some Payoff Matrix of your hay? If you knew the winter would be severe, you would buy hay. If you knew the winter was going to be mild, you would sell hay. However, uncertain weather conditions mean that the weather may be mild, normal, or severe, yielding nine possible financial outcomes. In this example, if you were not concerned about risk, you would maximize the expected return by selling hay ($49,085). If you were extremely risk averse, you might try to minimize a bad outcome (Maxi-min). Under the Maxi-min strategy, you would choose to buy hay, where the worst return you could get would be $36,159. The SRMP offers many tools to help you adjust for uncertainty and to help you develop farm management plan that is tailored just for your level of risk preference.