BLOOMFIELD — Policymakers, agriculture lenders, agriculture suppliers and producers all are trying to determine supply, demand and commodity and livestock prices.

Land prices appear to have stabilized for the near term. Yields are below 2018 yields, but still good in most areas of the midwest and decreased trade with China continues to keep prices depressed. Managing costs and decreasing margins is an area where today’s producer turns to their lender, input supplier, Extension, neighbor and other agricultural business professionals for advice.

To gather the research-based information needed to advise clients and make crucial agricultural decisions register to attend Iowa State University Extension’s 2019 Pro-Ag Outlook workshop at the Pioneer Ridge Nature Area,1339 Hwy. 63, Bloomfield, on Friday, Dec. 13.

Dr. Chad Hart, ISU Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, will be discussing the supply and demand situation for grains and Dr. Lee Schulz, ISU Extension Livestock Economist, will be discussing supply and demand situations for livestock. Dr. Wendong Zhang, ISU Assistant Professor of Economics, will be discussing the tariff situation with China and the China economy.

This workshop will prepare participants to make those important production decisions this winter. Advance registration by Dec. 11 is required by calling the Mahaska County Extension Office at 641-673-5841. The fee for the meeting is $40 per person or $60 per couple. Fees to be paid at check-in. Registration includes meeting materials, breaks and dinner. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. with a meal to follow.

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