Outlook workshop in Monticello to cover CSR2 ratings

Posted October 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

Policymakers, agriculture lenders, agriculture suppliers and producers all grow nervous when commodity prices, land values and input cost become volatile. Add in a late planting with a drought for good measure and you have plenty of excitement to manage for the 2014 farming year.

Managing increased cost and decreasing margins is an area where today’s producer turns to their lender, input supplier, Extension, neighbor, and other agricultural business professionals for advice.

To gather the research based information you need to advise clients and make crucial agricultural decisions, register to attend Iowa State University Extension’s 2014 Pro-Ag Outlook workshop at the Jones County Extension Office (Youth Development Center – fairgrounds in Monticello) on Thursday, Nov. 7. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Dr. Chad Hart, ISU Extension grain marketing specialist, will be discussing the supply and demand situation for grains. Another workshop speaker will be Lee Schultz, ISU Extension livestock marketing specialist. Lee will review the profit potential and survival techniques in the livestock sector. Ryan Drollette, Extension farm management specialist, will give an update of the Land Tenure Survey and other farm management topics. The new CSR2 land quality ratings will be discussed by Jim Jensen, Extension farm management specialist.

This workshop will prepare participants to make those important production decisions this winter. Advance registration is recommended by calling either the Jones County Extension Office at 319-465-3224 or the Johnson County Extension Office at 319-337-2145. Registration includes workshop materials, breaks and a meal. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m., and the meeting concludes about 11:30 a.m.