Grain Marketing Educational Forum March 24 for Iowa Farm Women

AMES, Iowa – Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Times, A Grain Marketing Forum for Women  will be held Friday, March 24 in Ames, Iowa. The day-long forum, organized by the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Scheman Building of the Iowa State Center.
In an era of price volatility, how well farmers are paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions. During challenging times, farmers must re-assess marketing tools and approaches to survive. Weather, policies and economics are only a few of the many influences on supply and demand. Agricultural commodity growers generally face lower crop prices and higher production costs. This grain marketing forum will help women understand market trends and shifts.

Economists, climatologists and policy leaders will guide women in the use of tools and strategies to achieve marketing goals. The grain marketing forum for women is all about surviving and thriving in challenging times.

Forum speakers include:

  • Sharon Chism – Hertz Farm Management
  • Chad Hart - ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Laurie Johnson – Farmer
  • Steve Johnson – ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Gayle Klever – Farmer
  • Angie Setzer – Citzen’s LLC
  • Elwynn Taylor – ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Julie Ward – RJO’Brien and Associates LLC

“It can be difficult to market grain profitably in challenging times,” said Madeline Schultz, ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program manager. “This forum is an opportunity to interact with other farm women facing similar challenges. This is a great way to renew yourself.”
Women attending this forum will attend breakout sessions and learn ways to develop successful grain marketing strategies. They will also hear what successful farm women are doing to stay profitable through up-and-down market trends. Registration for the forum can be made online at
“Speakers will share their personal experiences and knowledge to help women become better business partners and owners,” said Schultz.
Financial sponsors of the forum include Landus Cooperative, Hertz Farm Management, Inc., Farm Credit Services of America and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information, contact Madeline Schultz at 515-294-0588 or e-mail

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