Women Marketing Grain Workshop coming to Grinnell on Tuesday, Feb. 11

Women Marketing Grain Workshop in Grinnell on Feb. 11

Steven Johnson | ISU Extension and Outreach Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist | sdjohns@iastate.edu | 515.957.5790

Cathy Lents | Poweshiek Extension Executive Director | clents@iastate.edu | 641.623.5188

ALTOONA ― With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make a difference in the profitability of row crop production. How well producers get paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions.

A Women Marketing Grain Workshop will be conducted to assist women in developing plans for marketing old and new crop corn and soybeans. The workshop will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Grinnell at Key Co-op, 1128 Pinder Avenue, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch provided. The registration fee is $25 and can be paid at the door, which opens at 9:30 am.

In this workshop, women will learn about marketing strategies, tools, and market planning from ISU Extension and Iowa Farm Bureau specialists as well as local grain merchandisers. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and learn how to develop written crop marketing plans.  

In addition, women will learn how to:

  • Recognize crop marketing terms and sources of obtaining current futures and cash market prices
  • Understand basis, and futures carry, cost of grain ownership, supply/demand fundamentals, and technical chart signals
  • Identify seasonal futures and cash price trends
  • Use crop marketing tools including spot cash sales, forward cash, hedge-to-arrive, basis, and minimum price contracts

Pre-registration is required on or before Friday, Feb. 7, by contacting contact Cathy Lents at 641-623-5188 or clents@iastate.edu at the ISU Poweshiek County Extension office.