Women interested in swine marketing are invited to attend one of three hands-on workshops focusing on risk management education and decision-making tools. Two of these workshops will be held in early February in northwest Iowa. There will also be a workshop January 26 at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. The Pork Congress is a two-day event, Jan. 25 and 26, but the swine risk management workshop will only be held on the second day, Jan. 26.
The USDA Risk Management Agency, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring this interactive swine edition of "Margin Maker" in these three locations. The workshops are aimed specifically for women.
Women often keep financial records, and help with hog marketing
ISU Extension swine program specialist Dave Stender says the sessions provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss marketing tools and have a hands-on simulation to practice risk management skills without risking actual assets.
"Women often are involved with maintaining financial records and some work with marketing in their hog operations," Stender notes. "This program allows women to gain awareness of available tools and sharpen their skills. They'll practice risk management skills in a market simulation and learn strategies in an enjoyable environment through interaction with each other."
The dates, times and locations in northwest Iowa are: Monday, Feb. 7, 1 to 4 p.m. in the ISU Extension Shelby County office in Harlan; and Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the ISU Extension Sac County office in Sac City. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is strongly encouraged to ensure the minimum of six participants per location is met.
Sessions are designed for any knowledge or skill level
The Iowa Pork Congress session is set for Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. in Room 2 of Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. It's free to attendees of Iowa Pork Congress; however, preregistration also is strongly suggested for this session.
Sessions are designed to be non-threatening for any knowledge or skill level, says Stender. Each participant learns by making simulated market decisions on a computer. "Class discussion will help increase understanding throughout the workshop," he adds. "Past participants have told us and others that this is a fun and very interesting way to learn."
Stender, along with ISU Extension farm management program specialist Tom Olsen and ISU Extension livestock economist Shane Ellis will present the information and assist attendees with the interactive learning portion of the workshops. To register for any of the workshops, contact Stender by phone at 712-225-6196, by cell phone at 712-261-0225 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.