Webinar Addresses Crop Insurance and Marketing Risk Tools

AMES, Iowa — As farmers’ costs of production increase, risk management tools — including crop insurance and marketing decisions — are vital to the success of their operations. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will partner with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) to address these topics via a webinar offered Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 1-2 p.m. at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

"In these volatile times, risk management is more important than ever,” said Ed Kordick, IFBF commodity services manager. “Farmers need to understand their options as they look forward to marketing and protecting that next crop.”

The free, live webinar is part of the IFBF Margin Management webinar series, and features Kordick and William Edwards, an economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“The webinar will address the changes for 2012 in crop insurance, including the chance to adjust proven insurance yields to reflect upward trends, and the new lower premium rates,” Edwards said.

Participants can pre-register and access the webinar at www.iowafarmbureau.com. For more information, contact Kordick at ekordick@ifbf.org or 515-225-5433. The seminar will be recorded; the recording will be available to Farm Bureau members from the IFBF website, www.iowafarmbureau.com, beginning Feb. 9.