Pro-Ag Outlook Meetings in Fort Dodge, Carroll

The annual Pro-Ag Outlook and Management regional meetings sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are set to happen in November, with two local options for interested Greene County participants.  An evening meeting in Fort Dodge will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, at the Webster County Extension Office, located at the southeast corner of the Crossroads Mall.  It will wrap up with a dinner, which is included with registration.  Meanwhile, an afternoon meeting near Carroll starts at noon on Friday, November 16, with an included lunch, at the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center.

Ag lenders, agribusiness professionals, and crop/livestock producers are all invited to attend the sessions that will focus on the outlook for corn, soybeans, beef, and swine, as well as other timely agricultural topics.  “As we look to 2013, there are a lot of factors that those in the agriculture industry are wondering about,” said Michael Cooley, county Extension coordinator for Greene County Extension.  “This is our chance for local access to some of the top thinkers in the state who have been analyzing the outlook for crops and livestock for the upcoming year.”

The speaker lineup at both locations will begin with Dr. Chad Hart, grain marketing specialist, who will discuss the market outlook for corn and soybeans following one of the driest years in Iowa history.  As the size of the corn and soybean crop is still uncertain, Hart will cover what we will likely see happen to demand in the coming months.  Hart will be followed by Dr. Lee Schulz, livestock marketing specialist, who will present information on the outlook for beef and pork, including increasing production costs and future demand in a currently stagnant global economy.

The meetings will both wrap up with local farm management field specialists, who will highlight changes coming to the Corn Suitability Rating system and impacts that it will have on landowners.  The specialists will also provide updates on other economic indicators looking forward to 2013.  In Fort Dodge, Kelvin Leibold will be the field specialist on hand.  Field specialist Shane Ellis will present at the Carroll location.

Participants may register at the Greene County Extension office for either session by calling 515-386-2138 or emailing cleanne@iastate.edu.  Registration for the Fort Dodge meeting is due by noon on November 7, and is $35 per person or $50 for a couple, with a $5 late fee per person at the door.  The registration fee for the Carroll meeting is $25 per person or $35 for a couple, with a $5 late fee per person at the door.  Both registration costs include the meal.  The fees for service will be used to off-set direct expenses and to support county agriculture and natural resources programs.  For more information about Greene County Extension, including other agriculture and natural resources programming, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/greene.

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