Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is partnering with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach to bring the “Winning the Game” series to 10 locations across the state. The goal of these workshops is to assist farmers in creating post-harvest marketing plans to put into practice in a no-risk environment.

“Crop marketing plans and tools take on increased importance in these times of continued tight crop margins. This workshop will help farmers focus on moving grain from storage to the market and using market indicators to make a decision,” said IFBF Commodity Services Manager Ed Kordick.

This year’s featured lesson, “Launch and Land Your Post-Harvest Marketing Plan,” will guide participants through six different marketing styles that explore seasonal patterns. A realistic market simulation will help farmers experiment with various exit strategies and further their understanding of the purpose of a “carry” and why it is important in crop marketing.

“This workshop offers practical education based on historical market factors.  The simulation lets farmers practice the techniques during the workshop,” said Kordick. Past participants not only noted the information presented as being valuable and easy to understand, but most planned to implement the concepts learned at the workshop.

Thanks to local sponsorships, the seminars are free of charge; however, space is limited. Registrations will be taken at the door, but pre-registration is appreciated for participant materials. See below dates and locations.

8/21 9:00AM   Western Iowa Tech Community College - 200 Victory Drive, Cherokee Ia. 712-225-6196

8/21 6:00PM   Iowa Lakes Community College - 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg Ia. 712-852-2865 

8/23 6:30PM   Franklin Co. Farm Bureau - 1323 Olive Ave., Hampton Ia. 641-456-4767

8/24 9:00AM   The Watering Hole (formerly Center Inn) - 209 Mail Street, Readlyn Ia. 319-352-3667

8/25 1:00PM   Peosta Community Center - 7896 Burds Road, Peosta Ia. 563-556-5275 

8/28 1:00PM   Swan Lake Education Center - 22676 Swan Lake Trail, Carroll Ia. 712-792-2364

8/29 6:30PM   Story County Extension - 220 H. Ave, Nevada Ia. 515-382-6551

8/30 6:00PM   Clarinda Lied Center - 1140 E Main Street, Clarinda Ia. 712-542-5171  

8/31 6:30PM   Lynn Dunn Memorial Building, Linn County Fair Grounds - 201 Central City Road, Central City Ia. 319 393-3276

9/7 6:30PM   New London Community Hall - 112 West Main Street, New London Ia. 319 385-3174 or  319 752-2729

For more information, contact Ed Kordick, IFBF Commodity Services Manager,