Women Marketing Grain program to start June 4

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ALTOONA ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in central Iowa will offer  the Women Marketing Grain program on three consecutive Thursday evenings next month, June 4, 11 and 18.

More farm women are taking up the challenge of marketing grain, and lower grain prices make the trade more challenging than ever. The aim of the Women Marketing Grain program is to improve the participants’ management of price risk by building knowledge about marketing terms, the principles of their use and how a variety of risk-management strategies and tools work.

Participants will learn about grain marketing from ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and local agricultural business experts. Course participants will engage in hands-on activities, learn through web-based training materials and discuss how to develop a grain marketing plan.

“Many women see the need to protect their net farm equity through improved crop marketing,” said Steve Johnson, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “June is the perfect time for central Iowa farm women to get together and learn more about these complex aspects of marketing both old and new crop corn and soybeans,” Johnson said.

This series begins Thursday, June 4 at Des Moines Area Community College West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m., with a light supper provided at 6 p.m. The class end at 9:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required online at www.aep.iastate.edu/annie by June 1 prior to attending the June 4 class. The $50 registration fee covers a light meal, class materials and use of a computer lab at DMACC West.

For more information, contact Kathryn Pierson at the Warren County Extension and Outreach office at (515) 961-6237 or kpierson@iastate.edu.

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