Ag Marketing Meetings Scheduled

Greene County Extension and Boone County Extension are partnering this year to host a series of meetings in Ogden on the topic of crops marketing, open free of charge to anybody interested in learning more through hearing guest speakers and participating in hands-on experiences.  The Ogden Ag Marketing meetings will begin with a session on Thursday, November 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Leonard Good Community Center, located at 114 SW 8th Street in Ogden.  Refreshments will be served.  The sessions are provided free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorship from West Central Cooperative, Greene County Farm Bureau, and Boone County Farm Bureau.

The first meeting will feature ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist Steven Johnson and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation commodity services manager Ed Kordick, who will both discuss crop price outlooks, performance of marketing tools, and lessons learned from the 2012 growing season.  Participants will also kick off the Iowa Commodity Challenge, a multi-week online market simulation game that allows participants to use a variety of tools to simulate the trading of corn and soybeans stored at their local elevator.

“The Iowa Commodity Challenge game is one of the best ways to practice your skills at marketing crops,” said Michael Cooley, Greene County Extension’s county Extension coordinator.  “Whether you are a novice or have years’ of experience with a variety of marketing strategies, these meetings are a great way to learn something new.”

The group will again meet to check in during evening sessions scheduled for February 14 and March 14, both in Ogden.  Participants will discuss their experiences with the simulation and also hear from additional guest speakers.  Johnson will give information on crop insurance coverage and provide an update on the government farm program during the February meeting.  Meanwhile, the March meeting will include ISU Extension and Outreach climatologist Elwynn Taylor to talk about the 2013 crop weather outlook, followed by Johnson, who will present information on 2013 crop marketing strategies.

There is no pre-registration required to attend.  Registration at the door begins at 6 p.m. on November 15.  To find out more, contact Cooley at the Greene County Extension office at 515-386-2138.  For more information about Greene County Extension, including other agriculture and natural resources programming, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/greene.

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