Seminar To Highlight Options For Profitability In Ag While Facing Shrinking Margins

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invites local farmers and agribusiness professionals to attend a free one-day Planning for Profitability workshop in Rock Rapids.

Planning for Profitability in a Changing Dairy Industry will focus on options to increase profitability when facing shrinking margins; risk management strategies and how they can benefit dairy operations; changes and requirements that ag lenders may be asking for when reviewing loan requests; and a review of the milk market.

Fred M. Hall, Northwest Iowa dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, shared that the program is designed for dairy managers, but all those involved in production agriculture – livestock producers, crop farmers and agribusiness professionals that serve them – are welcome to attend and will find many parts of the program educational and relevant to their enterprises.

He says that in production agriculture, almost all producers are facing, or will face, shrinking margins. He says dairy producers are definitely facing it right now, so the program is geared towards them; however, many aspects of the presentations will be relevant to all agriculture industries.

Planning for Profitability will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The program will be hosted on August 1st at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

Register online at, or by calling the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230. There is no fee to attend  and lunch is provided; however, pre-registration is required by July 26 to plan adequately for meals and materials.



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