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Crop insurance, marketing workshops set in Illinois
URBANA, Ill. — A workshop that will aid farmers in making crop insurance and grain marketing decisions for 2006 will be offered at 14 locations throughout the state next year by University of Illinois Extension.

“Each workshop will consist of two sessions,” said Gary Schnitkey, U of I Extension farm financial management specialist. “The morning session, which focuses on crop insurance and grain marketing decisions, is free. The afternoon session involves hands-on use of FAST Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to analyze grain storage decisions, evaluate grain delivery options, and examine crop insurance and grain marketing decisions. That session requires a $45 registration fee.

“However, if you are already signed up for one of our Using FAST workshops, a discounted rate of $25 will apply.”

Presenters at the workshops include Schnitkey; Doug Yoder of the Illinois Farm Bureau; Paul Ellinger, U of I associate professor of agricultural and consumer economics; and U of I Extension educators Steve Ayers, Kevin Brooks, Jim Endress, Ruth Hambleton, Paul Mariman, and Travis Farley.

Those interested in attending should contact Travis Farley at 217-333-2312 or register online -

Dates and locations for the workshops are:

•Jan. 4 - Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Danville
•Jan. 25 - McDonough County Extension 4-H Auditorium, Macomb
•Jan. 30 - Oblong Community Center, Oblong
•Feb. 9 - Livingston County Farm Bureau, Pontiac
•Feb. 13 - Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Freeport
•Feb. 15 - DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Sycamore
•Feb. 16 - Bureau County Extension office, Princeton
•Feb. 17 - Knox County Extension office, Galesburg
•Feb. 21 - Monroe County Extension office, Waterloo
•Feb. 23 - Champaign County Extension office, Champaign
•Feb. 27 - Montgomery County Extension office, Hillsboro
•March 1 - Macon County Extension office, Decatur
•March 3 - Washington County Farm Bureau, Nashville
•March 10 - Mason County Farm Bureau, Havana

Other sponsors of the workshops include the USDA Risk Management Agency, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and U of I farmdoc.

Published in the December 7, 2005 issue of Farm World.