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ICCC slates ‘Partners in Ag’ program for farm women

By Staff | Jun 3, 2011

Partners in Agriculture is being offered this summer by Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for women involved in agriculture.

The program is designed for women who assist in making farming decisions that will affect the profitability of the farm. Many of them are active in the production part of the farm as well as the financial side.

All the seminars will be held in the Career Education Building at the Fort Dodge Iowa Central Community College Center.

Those interested may register for the programs of their choice by dialing (800) 362-2793, Ext. 1251, or call (515) 574-1251.

There is no charge for any of the programs, which include:

n “When is the best time to sell corn and soybeans in 2011 and 2012?” will be offered on June 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in CEB room 108. Dan Greder with Sciota Trading in Ames will be the presenter.

Greder will discuss world and domestic supply and demand for corn and soybeans, marketing strategies in a time of volatile markets, how to use “scale up marketing,” and setting up a grain marketing plan along with commodity price outlook.

n “How to keep our farm profitable” will be held July 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in CEB room 108. Jeanne Hill, Farm Credit Services of America, will be the instructor.

Hill will discuss costs of growing corn and soybeans, bushels of grain to cover costs, monitoring income and expenses, using financial tools such as net worth statements, income statements, etc. cash flows, managing tax liability, and keeping up to date on new farm ideas and methods.

n “Computerized farm recordkeeping” will be offered on July 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in CEB, room 111. Kent Vickre, Iowa Farm Business Association, will be the presenter.

Vickre will use the PCMARS farm accounting program to illustrate several types of transactions including income and expense account codes, banks loans, entering farm income and expenses, bank account transfers, printing checks, generating many reports, and other transactions as requested by class participants.

n “In the field evaluation of growing crops” will be conducted by Bob Streit, private crop consultant, on July 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Iowa Central Community College Farm (previously the Webster County Home) approximately three miles southwest of Fort Dodge.

Streit will show how to measure soil compaction, illustrate growth stages of corn and soybeans, weed identification, disease identification and insect identification, and how to tell if a plant is healthy or not.

Program sponsors include Anderson Implement, Bayer Crop Science, B & B Agri-Systems, Brokaw Supply, Brown Fertilizer Co., CS Bank, Dekalb Asgrow, D & K Implement, Dow Agrosciences, Farm Credit Services of America, Heartland Bank, Labre Crop Consulting, Mark Seed Co., Northwest Bank, Nutra Flow Liquid Fertilizer, and Omnistar.

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