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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:44

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 5, 2012 – Energy costs are on the minds of most Americans as they watch the pumps while filling their gas tanks this summer. But, farmers are also worried about how rising energy costs, from fuel to fertilizer, can impact their businesses. On Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m., the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Margin Management Webinar Series will offer a session discussing the implications of energy prices and ethanol margins for Iowa farmers.

The webinar will feature Matt Erickson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. Erickson specializes in the energy/fuel markets, as well as farm diesel and fertilizer price trends.

“The webinar will discuss a variety of energy-related issues, including the current crude oil and natural gas markets, price forecast, trends, inventories and energy consumption,” said Ed Kordick, commodity services manager with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. “These factors definitely have an impact on a farm’s profitability.”

Participants can access the free webinar at and look for the link on the main rotating banner. Registration is encouraged. To register, please contact Kordick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . While the webinar is open to the public, the program will be archived, with access limited to Farm Bureau members only.


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