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Agricultural outlook & management seminar series

AgDM Newsletter
October 2008

Iowa State University Extension is offering Agricultural Outlook and Management seminars throughout November 2008 to address outlook and management issues.

These seminars are designed to provide agribusiness leaders with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications. Participants also will receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

Meeting registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for each location with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m. Most locations will conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m., though some sites may go longer.

The registration fee is $35.00 for most locations (Amana is $45.00). Registration includes lunch, refreshments, and materials at all locations. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the seminar.


November 12 Fort Dodge
Best Western Starlight Village

November 13

Hawkeye Community
College - Tama Hall

November 14

West Des Moines
DMACC West Campus

November 17

Holiday Inn - I-80, Exit 225

November 19

Western Iowa Tech Community College

November 21

Cass County Community Building

Program Highlights include:

  • Agricultural Industry Overview
    • Bruce Babcock, Fort Dodge
    • Dermot Hayes, Waterloo, West Des Moines, & Cherokee
    • John Miranowski, Amana
  • Corn & Soybean Market Outlook Information & Management Considerations
    • Chad Hart, extension grain marketing specialist
  • Swine & Beef Outlook Information & Management Considerations
    • John Lawrence, extension livestock marketing specialist
  • Managing Crop Margins for 2009
    • Area farm management field staff specialist
  • Legal Issues
    • Steve Moline, Atlantic, Amana, Fort Dodge, &  Cherokee

Attend a seminar to learn:

  • Current market outlook information and management considerations for grain and livestock.
  • An assessment of the effect of higher energy prices on profitability and discuss management considerations.

The seminars are open to anyone who wishes to attend. More information on meeting locations and registration is available at: For questions on registration, call (319) 433-1286.


Ann M. Johanns, extension program specialist, 641-732-5574,