AMARILLO – A two-day Advanced Topic Series seminar slated for Jan. 12-13, 2005, will help producers develop a feedgrain marketing plan, said a Texas Cooperative Extension economist.

"We will focus on break-evens, market fundamentals and technical signals, and seasonal trends in cash, basis, and forward contracts for feedgrains," said Steve Amosson, Extension economist based at Amarillo. "We will also discuss pre- and post-harvest marketing strategies and how to use these strategies based on market conditions."

"We will use a combination of classroom lectures and small work groups to provide a learning environment similar to our Master Marketer training," he added. "Our goal is for every participant to leave the seminar with a written marketing plan for their operation for the upcoming year."

The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Amarillo. Amosson and Mark Waller, Extension economist in grain marketing and policy based at College Station, will teach the seminar. Both are co-directors of Extension's Master Marketer program and have taught more than 100 beginning and advanced marketing courses.

Registration is $125 per person, and includes educational materials, breaks and lunch. Spouses can attend for the same fee, as long as the couple shares materials, Amosson said.

Preregistration is required. The registration deadline is Jan. 5. To register or to get more information, contact Amosson at (806) 677-5600.

Registration forms are also available at Extension offices. Extension offers several Advanced Topic Series agricultural marketing workshops each year. Partial funding for this year's Advanced Topic Series is provided by the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center, Amosson said.

The series is also underwritten by the sponsors of the Master Marketer Educational System, the Texas Wheat Producers Board, Texas Corn Producers Board, Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas State Cotton Support Committee.