Agriculture marketing short course rescheduled for March 5 after recent snow

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600,

AMARILLO – Because not all participants could make it to the 2013 High Plains Short Course “Intro to Futures and Options” hosted on Feb. 12 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service after snow blanketed the region, Dr. Steve Amosson has set March 5 to hold a makeup session.

“We know not everyone signed up originally was able to get here, so we are offering it again,” said Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist. “This also is an opportunity for those who didn’t get signed up the first time to join us.”

Volatile markets in 2013 can be expected due to drought, record tight feed grain supplies in the U.S. and world markets, and the lowest cattle inventory in 60 years, he said. It is becoming essential that producers understand how to manage their price risk, which includes using a variety of marketing tools such as futures and options.

“This course is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of how futures and options can be used in agricultural markets,” Amosson said.

The workshop, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo. A fee of $50 will cover costs associated with instruction, breaks, meals and materials.

To register and pay for these courses, go to: While this is the preferred method of registration and payment, Amosson said payments will be accepted at the door. However, all registrations must be completed by March 1, either online or by contacting Leon Guerrero at 806-677-5626 or

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