Here's an opportunity to learn farm management skills and information in the comfort of your home or farm office. Iowa Farm Bureau in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension is offering upcoming webinars (online seminars delivered via your home computer and the Internet) covering topics such as the U.S. and farm economic outlook, tax strategies for farmers, labor management and crop insurance decisions for 2012.
While the agricultural industry is helping to strengthen the state's overall economy, it's important for Iowa farmers to carefully manage risk and understand economic challenges and opportunities, says Ed Kordick, commodity services manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF). IFBF will offer a U.S. and farm economic outlook webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at noon (CST).
January 17 webinar to discuss 2012 U.S. and farm economic outlook
This January 17 webinar will feature Robert Dieli, president of RDLB, Inc., and Paul Prentice, president of Farm Sector Economics. They will discuss the current volatility in agriculture and offer insight in opportunities and potential challenges.
Participants can access the free webinar at www.iowafarmbureau.com and look for the link on the main rotating banner. Registration is encouraged. Participants can also log in as guests on the day of the webinar. For more information, contact Ed Kordick, IFBF commodity services manager at 515-225-5433.
February 8 webinar to cover 2012 crop insurance & crop marketing issues
On Wednesday Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. you are invited to tune-in to the 2012 crop insurance and crop marketing risk management webinar. Speakers will be William Edwards, Iowa State University Extension ag economist, and Ed Kordick, IFBF commodity services manager. You can access this webinar at www.iowafarmbureau.com.
Crop insurance is a key part of risk management plans for Iowa farmers, notes Edwards. ISU Extension and Farm Bureau are cooperating on this timely update, covering and explaining the changes in crop insurance products and rules for 2012. For example, there is the new Trend Adjusted Yield Endorsement, and also the lower premiums for corn and soybeans in Iowa, and other changes too.
This crop risk management seminar will include thoughts on combining crop insurance and 2012 pre-harvest crop marketing. For more information contact Kordick at [email protected] or 515-225-5433.
There are several other Webinars offered by Farm Bureau but they are for Farm Bureau members only. For more information about them you have to go to the www.iowafarmbureau.com site and look for the rotating hotbox in the members only section. These upcoming webinars include:
2011 Iowa Farm Tax Seminar-- recording and materials: Tax strategies and planning ideas are available by viewing a recording featuring Roger McEowen and Charles Brown. McEowen is director of the ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation, and Brown is president of AgriFinancial Services LLC. Both have extensive experience in farm taxes and keep up-to-date on the changes that make tax strategies challenging.
Farm Labor Webinar-- recording and materials: Labor is an important resource for agriculture, and the Farm Labor webinar is designed to keep Iowa farmers up-to-date on existing, new and proposed regulations. This webinar features Craig Anderson, manager of the Ag Labor and Safety Services Division of the Michigan Farm Bureau.
Iowa Commodity Challenge Simulation—Farm Bureau members can learn using the Iowa Commodity Challenge, a corn and soybean marketing simulation to practice the use of futures, options and cash sales. This unique educational effort is part of a cooperative project of Iowa Farm Bureau and ISU Extension. Instructions on joining the simulation and links to educational materials are available on www.iowafarmbureau.com.