Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Michael Moran, 518-457-0752

August 19, 2011

Grain Marketing Training Sessions Scheduled

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that seven training sessions have been scheduled to help grain producers learn more about post-harvest marketing of their crop.

            Winning the Game one-day workshops will focus on post-harvest planning and pricing, using real-life examples to illustrate the pros and cons of different pricing and marketing approaches.  Post-harvest pricing tools include three choices:  sell grain at harvest, hold grain in storage to sell later, or hold grain in storage and “sell the carry.” How do you decide?  Participants will get an update of the current market situation, within the context of long-term market and price trends.  Participants will learn how to compare options and will test and improve their marketing skills with a fast-paced simulation exercise.  John Berry, Pennsylvania’s grain marketing Cooperative Extension agent, will lead the sessions.

            Registration is required. A fee of $20- $30 (depending on the location) secures a place at the workshop and includes refreshments and lunch. 

            Four daytime sessions are scheduled:

August 31, 2011, 10am to 3pm
Richfield Springs (Otsego County)
Tally Ho Restaurant, Richfield Springs, NY
Pre-register with Kevin Ganoe at
315-866-7920 or

September 2, 2011, 10:30am to 3pm
Geneva (Ontario/Seneca Counties)
Experimental Station, Jordan Hall, 630 North Street, Geneva, NY
Pre-register with Cathy Wallace at
585-343-3040 x138 or

September 1, 2011, 10:30am to 3pm
Batavia (Genesee County)
CCE of Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY
Pre-register with Cathy Wallace at
585-343-3040 x138 or


September 6, 2011, 10:30am to 3pm
Auburn (Cayuga County)
CCE of Cayuga County, 248 Grant Ave., Auburn, NY
Pre-register with Daniel Welch at
315-255-1183 x234 or


            Three twilight workshops have also been scheduled.  These will be presented at host farms and will focus on post-harvest marketing plans appropriate to corn and soybean growers. Registration fees vary by location.

August 25, 2011, 6 to 8pm
East Aurora (Erie County)
East Gingerich Farm,
3861 Four Rod Road, Aurora, NY
Pre-register with Sharon N. Bachman at 716-652-5400 x150

August 30, 2011, 4 to 7pm
Sackets Harbor (Jefferson Co.)
North Harbor Dairy, 14471 County Route 145, Sackets Harbor, NY
Pre-register with Corey M. Hayes at 315-788-8450 x260 or

September 8, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Cortland (Cortland County)
Red Dragon, 222 Tompkins Street, Route 13, Cortland, NY
Pre-register with Sharon VanDeuson at 607-753-5078 or


            These sessions are part of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Crop Insurance Education program, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency.

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