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Grain marketing and farm business videos now online

June 10, 2013 - New videos arising from a recent series of seminars put on by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development have been added to the department's YouTube channel.

"These seminars focused on grain marketing and farm business topics producers should consider when building their crop or business plans," says Joel Brokenfohr, manager of business structures and financial policy, Alberta Agriculture, Edmonton. "So, for anyone who was unable to attend these seminars, or would like a quick refresher on the topics, we've put together a series of YouTube videos that cover the core topics from them."

With seeding mostly finished across the province, Brokenfohr says producers are starting to make concrete plans on contracting both new crop and what remains of their old crop.

"At this time, it's a good chance for producers to review their marketing plan. Those that are looking for a quick refresher on what to consider in their plan can check out our video on developing a marketing plan for your crops. This video covers the marketing tools available, establishing price targets, and determining profitability. There's also a video introduction to farm financial analysis that highlights the major considerations and statements for farm analysis.

"Other videos recently added include an explanation of different types of marketing contracts, considerations for producers when signing those contracts, a detailed look at the importance and factors involved in wheat quality, and the benefits of understanding your farms production costs and returns."

For producers looking to export directly into the United States, there is a video on the factors they need to consider to export grain, oilseeds, and special crops into that country.

The videos are all available on Alberta Agriculture's YouTube channel where they are compiled as part of the farm business and marketing playlist.