Risk has always been a part of agriculture. But farming has changed dramatically over the past few years. The most successful farmers are looking for an innovative approach to risk management as a critical part of their overall strategy. Farm Bureau’s goal is to help producers find ways to better manage their risks through effective, market-based risk management education.
Farm Bureau offers education that can be delivered in a variety of methods from local workshops to webinars. For more information on Farm Bureau’s Risk Management programs, please contact Ed Kordick, Commodity Services Manager.
Farm Bureau offers a variety of webinars on timely topics critical to managing your farming operation. A list of upcoming and recorded webinars are listed below.
Upcoming Webinars:Edge of Field Practices: What Are They and How Do I Build Them?
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:00 pm
Traditional soil and water conservation has mostly promoted in-field practices and structures - waterways, terraces and buffer strips, for example - to reduce rainfall runoff and reduce sheet and rill erosion. However, as Iowa shifts its focus to reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loading to also benefit surface water quality, it is recognized that edge of field practices – restored wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors - will be needed. Learn from land improvement contractors what these are, their benefits, and how to build them, in this one-hour webinar. Click here for more information.
2017 Transportation Rules for Farmers
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 1:00 pm
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- Working Together: Farmer and lender
Good communication between farmer and lender is always important.
- 2017 Crop Insurance and Marketing
This crop risk webinar includes a look at 2017 new crop marketing ideas, including how crop insurance works in an overall risk management plan.
- Livestock Marketing to Minimize Risk
Marketing livestock is a challenge in the current environment. Livestock farmers need all of the tools they can access in order to help make marketing plans and decisions.
- No La Nina - No El Nino: What can we say for 2017? A Weather/Climate Outlook
Featuring: Dennis Todey, Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub in Ames.
- Beginning Farmer Financial Assistance Webinar
Iowa Farm Bureau hosted this timely update on loan programs available for beginning farmers. These programs are available for a variety of circumstances.
- 2016 Iowa Farm Income Tax Webinar
Experts cover information to help farmers in tax preparation and provide updated information and tax tips.
- Veterinary Feed Directive, What you need to know
Are you prepared for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association partnered on educational meetings at 11 sites around Iowa in August and early September.
- Putting Farmers in Control of Their Data: The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator and Agricultural Data Coalition
Farm Bureau and other groups recently introduced a tool, the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator (ADTC), to explain in plain English the convoluted details often found in data contracts with agricultural hardware and software providers.
- Weather and Climate Trends on Agriculture
What is the weather outlook for spring and summer? What impact will El Nino have of the growing season in Iowa? For current information on these and other weather/climate subjects, join the next Iowa Farm Bureau Webinar
- Spring Crop Cover Management
Fall 2015 was a good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and growing temperatures.
- Tactics for tight margins - Are you ready for 2016?
Agriculture has returned to more challenging times. A few years ago, good crop margins resulting from higher prices and input costs (not yet caught up to prices) made farm decisions more comfortable. The tide has turned to a time when decisions are more critical to a farm’s survival and growth.
- 2016 Crop Marketing: Meeting the Challenge
Crop marketing has returned to more challenging times. A few years ago, good margins resulting from higher prices and input costs (that had not yet caught up to prices) made the decisions to price crops more comfortable.
- Myth-busting the Nitrogen Story
Dr. Michael Castellano, of ISU on nitrogen, soil and water quality at the farm level.
- Confined Manure Pit Safety Webinar
Recorded segments on confined Manure Pit Safety with Dan Neenan (NECAS).
- Five Crop Marketing Tools Webcast
Recorded segments on marketing tools for Fall 2015 corn and soybeans.
- 2015 Iowa Farm Income Tax Webinar
experts cover information to help farmers in tax preparation and provide updated information and tax tips.
- Make Plans for Stored Bushels
With harvest approaching, this 12 minute recorded webcast covers ideas to consider for unpriced and priced crops headed for storage. Do you know your costs of ownership?.... What should be the primary goal for stored crops?
- Five Common Mistakes in Grain Marketing
Innovative, market-based risk management critical to farming operations.
- The Basics of Cover Crops in Iowa
great tips from experts for those new to planting cover crops.
- Financial Assistance for Beginning Farmers
Learn about loan programs available for beginning farmers.
- Iowa One Call... to protect what really matters!
Understand your responsibility to dig safely.
- 2015 Crop Insurance & Marketing
Timely update of 2014 crop insurance info
- Export Markets Matter to Iowa Ag
Current trade issues for farmers
- Grain Bin Safety
Important farm safety rescue information
Farm Programs and Activities
2017 New Crop Iowa Commodity Challenge provides the opportunity to learn marketing tools through real market simulation.
2016 Economic Summit
Hundreds of farmers gathered in West Des Moines to hear nationally-recognized speakers discuss the future of the ag economy at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2016 Economic Summit.