Rochelle News-Leader | Crop Marketing Outlook Event is November 16

The Lee, Carroll, Ogle and Whiteside County Agricultural Bureaus along with COUNTRY Financial will host a Crop Marketing Outlook on the evening of Nov. 16 at the Days Inn in Rock Falls. “Managing Crop Margins 2023” is a two-hour seminar designed specifically for growers to help them manage the risks associated with current commodity markets and identify market conditions to capture this year’s profit margins. see you next time.

Dr. Steve Johnson, agricultural management specialist from Iowa State University Extension, will facilitate the program. Steve has been a Central Iowa Agriculture and Farm Business Management Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach since 1999.

He specializes in topics related to government agricultural programs, crop insurance, crop marketing, grain contracts, farmland leasing and other crop risk management strategies. Over the past year, he has led over 120 meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences across the Corn Belt with nearly 15,000 attendees.

Steve uses websites such as ISU Ag Decision Maker and Polk County Extension Farm Management as well as various print and electronic media. Each year, it reaches more than 200,000 producers, landowners and other agribusiness professionals.

During the two-hour program, growers will examine the following topics: crop price supply, demand and outlook, estimating crop costs, using your own budgets to calculate the break-even point, and using crop management tools. risks.

This presentation will help producers design and implement a marketing plan specific to their own operation. It will present producers with various options they can use effectively to capture market profits, manage market risk in this volatile market, minimize cost increases, and make informed decisions on input pricing, storage options and position their marketing plan for profit protection. Market, global and recent economic factors will be reviewed and growers will learn to identify profit opportunities and pitfalls for their farm operations.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the program, call 815-732-2231 or email [email protected]

The program begins at 7 p.m. on November 16.


Members of the Illinois Agricultural Bureau now have access to a new way to promote agriculture and agricultural education. The IAA Credit Union, a subsidiary of the Illinois Farm Bureau, has launched the new Illinois Farm Bureau Visa card.

Members can now apply for the new Illinois Farm Bureau Visa card and show their support for agricultural education. Programs like Ag In The Classroom will receive a direct support payment through the IAA Foundation each time you use your new Illinois Farm Bureau Visa card.

The card offers members no annual fee and no minimum finance charge. The new card offers competitive rates based on approved credit and low transaction fees on cash advances.

Members should contact the Ogle County Agricultural Bureau for the IAA Credit Union Application for the new Illinois Farm Bureau Visa Card or contact the IAA Credit Union at 1-800-676-2541.


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“My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was supposed to commemorate Pearl Harbor.” –Phyllis Diller

Ron Kern is the director of the Ogle County Agricultural Bureau.

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