AgStar Workshop Focuses on Managing Prices for Optimal Crop Returns
Two-Day Workshop in Partnership with Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC (CIH)

Mankato, Minn., (Nov. 16, 2012) – AgStar is excited to announce an innovative, new workshop, Managing Prices for Optimal Crop Returns through AgStar Edge. The course is being offered in partnership with Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC (CIH).

This two-day workshop is packed with information producers need to know about managing their margins to maximize profits. With four sessions being offered in December and January, the first of these is an exclusive, women’s only event. Scheduled for Dec. 10 – 11 at the Boundary Water Suites at the Mall of America, women are coming together to learn more about making smart business and marketing decisions.

The interactive workshops focus on the concepts and theories of the futures market and how it relates to managing profit margin risk. The sessions feature a crop margin management simulation which shows how to make adjustments to positions, making pricing volatility work instead of allowing the market to dictate the bottom line.

In addition to the women’s only session, AgStar is hosting the workshop; open to all, Dec 12-13 in Mankato, Jan 14-15 in Red Wing and Jan 16-17 in Mankato.

“AgStar has partnered with CIH because of their incredible expertise and the value we know it will bring to producers in our area,” said Tom Neher, AgStar’s vice president of the grain industry. “This course is like no other and attendees will leave with a personalized price management education that helps guide them in their overall market position in cash, futures, and options.”

“We’re pleased to partner with AgStar to offer this workshop for producers because, given the increased volatility in recent years along with higher production costs, we feel it is critical that producers be in command of all the resources at their disposable to make more informed decisions about managing the risks they face,” explained Chip Whalen, vice president of education and consulting with CIH. The cost of the two-day workshop is $300 and the class is limited to 30 participants with a minimum of 10. Please call 866-577-1831 to register. Committed to offering clients and producers the information they need to increase their competiveness in the marketplace, AgStar Edge offers a variety of workshops and seminars like Managing Prices for Optimal Crop Returns. Learn more at

About AgStar:
AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 15,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit for more information.

Contact: Krystal Ohlhaber
Public Relations Manager
AgStar Financial Services, ACA

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