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Second in Series of Programs Covering Grain Marketing this Winter

Local producers have several opportunities to discuss and learn more about marketing grain, thanks to a series of workshops hosted locally this winter by Patrick Hatting, Farm Management Specialist for Southwest Iowa with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The first workshop, “How to Get $4 Corn,” was held on December 10 in downtown Atlantic, and had over 45 local farmers in attendance.

The second meeting is set for this coming Tuesday, January 7th, and will be held at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street on the Fairgrounds in Atlantic. This meeting will cover “Calculating Your Break Even Point and Selling Corn for a Profit.” Adam Stamp, Commodity Manager for Elite Octane LLC in Atlantic, will discuss working with a grain merchandiser to develop a marketing plan based on cash flow and profit targets. Hatting will discuss tools available from ISU Extension and Outreach to help producers compare cost of production, calculate breakeven, manage costs and increase profits.

There is no cost to attend the meeting. Pre-registration is encouraged to help plan for materials. Walk-in registrations are also welcome. Local sponsors of this program include First Whitney Bank, Cass County Farm Bureau and Cass County Extension.

For more information or to pre-register, or call the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132 or email Lori Anderson at [email protected]. You can also visit the Cass County Extension website at for information and a flier on the program. Additional meetings in the series are set for February 11th and March 12th; a similar program is also being held through the winter in Creston if you are unable to attend any of the sessions in Atlantic.