Women Marketing Grain

A four session course to assist women in developing a plan for marketing corn and soybeans.

July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31, 2017

Meal 5:30 pm, class 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Webster County Extension, 217 S 25th St, Suite C-12, Fort Dodge, Iowa

What is the Women Marketing Grain course?

With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make the difference in the profitability
of corn and soybean production. How well farmers get paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions. In this course, women will learn how to manage price risk using tools like forward contracts, futures and options contracts, alternative marketing contracts, and crop insurance. Participants will work in a computer lab to access online decision tools and to develop a marketing plan. Women will learn market strategies and how to stay on track for long term marketing success.

Course Curriculum

Identifying crop prices and marketing costs

  • Sources of futures and cash market prices
  • Basis
  • Futures carry
  • Costs of storage

Understanding price movements

  • Crop marketing terms
  • Market fundamentals of supply and demand
  • Technical chart signals
  • Seasonal price trends for futures prices and basis

Utilizing a variety of crop marketing tools including

  • Spot cash sales
  • Forward contracts
  • Hedge-to-arrive contracts
  • Futures hedging
  • Futures options (puts and calls)

Developing a crop marketing plan with price, time, and financial goals in mind


Women Marketing Grain is intersting and fun!

  • Topics of importance to your future in farming
  • Brief presentations and extended discussions
  • Practical hands-on activities
  • Decision making resources available to you
  • Comfortable and supportive learning environment
  • Networking with other farm women

Statewide sponsors

Local sponsors




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Register by mail

Cost: $75 Includes meals and class materials.

Dates: meets once a week for four weeks on
July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31, 2017

Time: meal 5:30 pm, class 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Webster County Extension, 217 S 25th St, Suite C-12, Fort Dodge, IA

Deadline: midnight, July 3, 2017.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Cancellation: To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu. A refund will be issued in 7-10 days.

Confirmation: registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


Linda Cline
program coordinator, Webster County Extension
(515) 576-2119 | lcline@iastate.edu

Kelvin Leibold
Extension farm management field specialist
(641) 648-4850 | kleibold@iastate.edu