Managing 2023 Farm Margins Iowa Farm Bureau, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be hosting timely, informative events designed specifically to help Iowa farmers navigate through the continued pressure of tight operating margins.

These events will be taking place in February at five locations around the state.

Topics at each location will include:

Margin Management Strategies

This discussion will include a presentation containing ideas on various business concepts to explore during challenging times that can help you maintain viability in your operation. Important strategies to consider include - protecting working capital, avoiding cash shortages, diversifying income, ideas for revising production costs, actively managing risks and more.

2023 Crop Risk Management

Learn from example. This discussion will explore crop marketing plans from a 30-year history of results! Crop marketing does not have to be a complicated job. When are the some of the best times to market bushels and how can a marketing plan be implemented? Learn how successful crop marketing can be achieved with a disciplined and flexible marketing plan.

Ag Lender Communication & Expectations 

To properly serve farm customers, ag lenders must have strong business relationships with their customers. It’s those early conversations, beginning with presenting an idea, all the way to final loan approval that helps builds that relationship. In this discussion, ag lender(s) will discuss what an optimal client/lender relationship looks like, how a lender can be involved in business decisions and important conversations to have with your lender about your goals.

Ag Carbon Markets Economics Simulation 

Many of the agricultural carbon market programs offered differ in terms of required practice changes, contract length, payments per output vs. per practice, and other details. A key question, not often talked about, is whether or not the program will be a net return for the farmer? This simulation will help to answer that question by exploring a menu of carbon programs based on expected net returns from expected carbon sequestration over the life of the contract.
Take some of the stress out of managing your farm margins. Participants will also receive bonus information on “Cybersecurity and Ag Finance on the Web” and “Resources for Farm Wellness” at each event! Register today for this one-of-a-kind event containing critical information designed to help set your farm business up for success.

Registration is FREE for Farm Bureau members and $50 for non-members. (Lunch is included.)

(Not a member? Join today and you'll receive Free admission to this event and unlock savings on many more great benefits.)

For each event, doors open at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude by 3:00 PM.

To register for an event near you, please see the calendar below:

Thursday, February 2, Nevada, IA

CNH Industrial Ag Information Training Center
Classroom A
23942 590th Avenue 

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Monday, February 6, Atlantic, IA

Cass County Community Center
805 W 10th Street 

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Tuesday, February 7, Storm Lake, IA

Knights of Columbus Hall
1507 E Lakeshore Drive 

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Monday, February 20, Washington, IA

Washington County Fairgrounds
Dallmeyer Hall
661 Highway 1 South 

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Tuesday, February 21, Independence, IA

Heartland Acres Agribition Center
2600 Swan Lake Boulevard 

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For more information, contact Ed Kordick at
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