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Grain Marketing and Risk Management

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AgProfit Strategies has developed several web learning modules to help farmers and ranchers who have been farming less than 10 years to view tips about a variety of conventional dairy, grain and livestock subjects. Here you’ll find marketing, price risk management, crop insurance, financial understanding as well as other topics important to beginning farmers and ranchers.

For grain virtual learners, you can qualify for a $250 payment by completing this module which includes marketing, risk managment and financial aspects for your family grain operation.

Feel free to access all the content in every AgProfit Strategies web learning module at any time. However, you will only receive a maximum payment of $250.

A module section is complete once you register below and complete viewing all the videos on this page. You must also take a post module survey and learning quiz at the bottom of the page.

Ag Markets

Agricultural Commodities


Agricultural commodities are everywhere in our lives, from our food to our clothes. Futures allow hedgers to find opportunities to manage risk with these well known commodities. These futures are available in a great many of commodities, and change frequently based on my regional and weather patterns.

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Ag Markets

Short Dated New Crop Options


In this CME Group video, effective risk management options are explained in depth. Important details such as futures options expiration dates, short-dated new crop options, and weekly options.

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Ag Markets

How To Hedge Grain Risk


In this CME Group Video, the topic of hedging and price risk management is covered in detail. View this to gain an overview of who hedgers are in the grain market, and how this process can help manage risk in your operation.
 

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Ag Markets

Understanding Grains, Volatility and Supply


This video instructs about the primary elements that effect supply and demand for grains. Supply and demand in the markets is constantly changing, having a strong understanding of this idea could give you a strong advantage on your operation.

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Understanding Seasonality in Grains


Here, we examine and learn why the seasonality of grain is important to understand. These key differences in grains seasonality can have a drastic impact on the supply and demand of grains you could be trying to market.

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Learning About Basis: Grains


In this CME Group video, discover the meaning of what basis means in grain markets and how to include this variable in your operation. This important concept is effects the outcome of a hedge, and understanding this is vital to ensure your success when hedging your grain.

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Grain Convergence


Local cash prices matter in calculating the futures price for the overall market. There are many factors to consider, including the convergence of grain prices and how this idea relates to local cash prices as a future delivery date arrives. It is a vital point to understand if you plan on using futures are post of your risk management process on your operation.
 

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Understanding The Delivery Process


In this CME Group video increase your understanding of the grain delivery process. It is important for any trader to understanding the delivery process, as it directly effects futures contract pricing.

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Grain Video

The Importance of Crop Insurance 

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Learn the latest about crop insurance methods of protecting your hard work growing grains.

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You Can’t Ignore the Financial Aspects of Your Grain Operation

This is our Financial Section you must complete in your grain learning module. Here you’ll find topics on understanding farm loan principles, developing cash flows and income statements, understanding balance sheets and myths and facts about farm profitability.

Livestock Marketing & Risk Management

Looking for more in raising and marketing your cattle? Then this video and work booklet training series is for you. Join Jeff Rose, Cattle Contract Manager for National Farmers as he talks contracting and price risk management that allows you to profit more.

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Introductory Cattle Risk Management Questions 

This short 3-page document lists questions you can ask yourself about cattle price risk management. It covers cash, forward contracting and futures and options, along with the proper mindset when approaching a marketing plan.

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What Is Price Risk Mangement?

This short 5-page sheet defines risk management and explores the contract types of tools availaible to producers. It identifies the steps producers should use early in the risk managment process.

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Five Soil Health Principles Demanding Your Attention 

Healthy soils have a protective surface layer of plant residue to control soil temperature and reduce evaporation. This maintains a favorable environment for soil biology. You can preserve residue to keep soil covered by leaving crop residues in the field.

Myths and Facts About Farm Profitability

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Dale Nordquist, from the Center for Farm Financial Mangement at the University of Minnesota separates the facts from the myths when it comes to making a profit on the farm. He uses actual farm results to show you the secrets of doing the key things to profit more.

Ag Finances

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Communicating With My Lender

In this video,  Pauline Van Nurden from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, goes over what you should expect when meeting with your lender. From topics ranging from how your credit is built, how to establish trustworthiness, and securing collateral. She does a fantastic job of walking you through the motions, and preparing for meeting with your lender for the first time.

Accounting & Record Keeping

Next up is the Accounting and Record Keeping Module. Below, it’s all about developing financial statements, the need for understanding how to compile records and why they are important, along with defining a business expense.

Ag Finances

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Developing Financial Statements and Measures

In this video,  Curtis Mahnnken and Rachel Purdy from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, provides useful information regarding the financial statements and measures vital to your operation.

Ag Finances

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Importance of Records To Beginning Farmers

* In this video, Rachel Purdy from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, shares useful information on just how important financial records are to the operation of a beginning farmer.

Ag Finances

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How Do We Compile Records?

In this video, Rachel Purdy from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, provides a deeper insight into exactly how you should compile your operations farming records.

Ag Finances

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What Is a Business Expense?

In this video, Rachel Purdy from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, provides a deeper insight into exactly how you should compile your operations farming records.

Balance Sheets, Income Statements and Cash Flows

Next up is the Accounting and Record Keeping Module. Below, it’s all about developing financial statements, the need for understanding how to compile records and why they are important, along with defining a business expense.

Ag Finances

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Balance Sheets

In this video,  Curtis Mahnnken from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, goes in depth on what a balance sheet is. Stay tuned to learn how you should best approach this process for your farming operation.

Ag Finances

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Introduction To The Income Statement

In this video,  Curtis Mahnnken from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, provides great details regarding income statements. Watch this short video to learn how to construct this statement for your farming operation.

Ag Finances

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Introduction To Cash Flows

In this video, Rachel Purdy from the University of Minnesota and the Center for Farm Financial Management, shares information regarding what a cash flow statement is. Learn how to build one and why understanding how this statement works is essential to your success.

Ag Finances

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Pulling It All Together

Now it’s time to step back and consider all that you have viewed in this entire learning module. The goal of pulling everything together is to better understand the strenghts and weaknesses of your operation so you can make changes, and do better.

That’s it! For further growth, you can take advantage of our mentoring program, where experienced farmers and leaders help you with your farming questions.

Be Sure to Check Out Our Optional Learning Page For More Articles and Videos To Take You To The Next Level! 

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