Women Marketing Grain Series in Ames starting June 2

A four-session meeting series will be offered to assist women in developing plans for marketing old and new crop corn and soybeans starting Thursday evening, June 2 .

 Women Marketing Grain will be take place on Thursday evenings, June 2-23 at the DMACC Hunziker Center located at 1420 S. Bell Avenue in Ames. With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make the difference in the profitability of corn and soybean production. How well farmers get paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions.

 “This Women Marketing Grain Series empowers women by offering a valuable set of business-based workshops in a computer lab. The program helps participants learn ways to make better crop price risk management decisions,” according to Steve Johnson, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist.

 In this course, women will learn how to manage crop price risk tools like forward contracts, futures and options contracts, crop insurance and track cash prices and basis trends. Participants will work in a computer lab to access online decision tools and to develop a marketing plan. Women will learn to use a variety of marketing strategies and how to stay on track for long-term crop market success.

 Classes are 6-9 p.m. with a free meal served at 5:30 p.m. Registration for this series is $75 with a deadline of May 27. For questions, please contact Alison Boelman, County Extension Administrator with the Story County Extension office at (515) 382-6551.

 To register, visit www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag/2016/ames.html.

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