Market Outlook, June 16 - “Managing Crop Risks in Volatile Times”

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1001 9th Street, Orion.  Topics that will be covered include Crop Price Outlook, Risk Management Tools, Market Plan Discipline, Input Cost Increases and Multi-Year Volatility Planning.  The evening will begin with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an update from Gold Star FS Grain Merchandiser, Mike Schaver.      

Steve serves as the Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist in Central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension.  He presents annually at more than 100 meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and field events across the Midwest.  He holds BS and MS degrees from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. 

Steve specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance and other risk management strategies.  He writes and trains on topics related to grain production contracts, grain storage, farmland leasing and related crop income issues.  He contributes to articles featured in a variety of farm magazines, websites, e-newsletters and other print and electronic media.  Steve posts monthly a free newsletter and webcast that can be found on his university web site. Simply search on the internet these four words: Polk…County…Farm…Management.

The cost for the session is $18.00, unless paid for the series.  To make a reservation, please call the Henry County Farm Bureau (309) 937-2411 or the Rock Island County Farm Bureau (309) 736-7432. 

The Market Outlook Series is sponsored by the Henry and Rock Island County Farm Bureau Marketing Committees, Gold Star FS, Big River Resources, 1st Farm Credit Services, BankOrion, Patriot Renewable Fuels, Central Bank - Geneseo, Country Bank, COUNTRY® Financial Agents of Henry & Rock Island Counties.