Explore Crop Marketing Strategies & New 2014 Farm Program

Explore Crop Marketing Strategies & New 2014 Farm Program

ISU Extension will hold meetings at five sites in central Iowa and two in southeast Iowa in mid-June.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting meetings on crop marketing strategies and the new farm program beginning June 16. The meetings will be held at five different sites in central Iowa and two sites in southeast Iowa. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. The new farm program meetings are open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Topics include:
* Crop Price Outlook

* Selling your insurance bushels

* Overview of USDA’s new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs

* Base Acreage reallocation for the USDA programs

NEW USDA PROGRAMS: Sign-up for the new USDA farm programs will begin in late 2014 and in early 2015. ISU Extension will be holding meetings this summer and fall at various locations around Iowa to help explain the new programs prior to sign-up. Crop price outlook and marketing will also be covered.

“These meetings are designed to help farmers, landowners and other agribusiness professionals with current issues related to marketing 2014 crops and pending enrollment decisions in the new USDA farm program,” says Steve Johnson, farm and ag business management specialist with ISU Extension. Johnson will conduct the central Iowa meetings. His colleague, Charles Brown, ISU Extension farm management specialist at Oskaloosa, will conduct the southeast Iowa meetings.

Central Iowa meeting dates, locations and details are:
* Adel
: Monday, June 16 at 7 p.m., ADM High School Commons, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive South

* Oskaloosa: Tuesday, June 17 at 9 a.m., Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum, 2211 Nelson Lane

* Newton: Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m., DMACC Newton Campus, 600 N Second Ave. West

* Nevada: Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., Story County Extension Office, 220 H Avenue

* Marshalltown: Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m., Marshalltown Community College, 3700 S. Center Street, Dejardin Hall, Room 808

For questions about the Central Iowa meetings call the Polk County Extension office at 515-957-5760

Southeast Iowa meeting dates, locations and details are:

* Fairfield: Thursday, June 19 at 9 a.m., Jefferson County Extension office, 2606 West Burlington Avenue

* Corydon: Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m., Wayne County Extension office, 100 North Lafayette Street

For questions about the southeast Iowa meetings call the Mahaska County Extension office at 641-6673-5841


Evaluating Your Estate Plan Workshop at Newton on June 18
Here’s another ISU Extension meeting to be held in central Iowa in mid-June that will be of interest to farm families. It focuses on estate planning and farm business transfer to the next generation.

Talking about estate planning is difficult and implementing an estate plan can be even harder. Questions often include: Who needs to be involved? What information do I need to gather? When is it the right time to start? Where do I start? How do I decide what to do? The “Evaluating Your Estate Plan” program can help in the planning process. These meetings, presented by ISU Extension farm management field specialists and others from the ISU Extension staff, are conducted periodically around the state.

An Evaluating Your Estate Plan workshop will be held June 18 at the ISU Jasper County Extension and Outreach office at 600 N. 2nd Avenue West, in Newton. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advance registration required: The program will answer estate planning questions and helps prepare participants to work with their estate planning team. The presenters for the June 18 workshop are Kelvin Leibold and Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension farm and business management specialists. O’Rourke is an attorney experienced in ag law and estate planning. Leibold joined ISU Extension in 1987 and has experience in working with ag clients in farm and business planning.

The one-day workshop will cover the language of estate planning, gift, estate and inheritance taxes, calculating retirement costs, and many other areas vital to creating a good estate plan. The workshops are designed to help those who are confused about building a plan for transferring farm assets or unsure what options are best for their farm operation and family. Advance registration is required by Friday, June 13 as space is limited. The Evaluating Your Estate Plan workshop costs $50 per person and includes workshop materials and lunch. To register call the Jasper County Extension and Outreach office at 641-792-6433 for more information.

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