How would you like to substantially boost net returns from your agricultural enterprise during the next decade? Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

"We are now recruiting for the 2008 Master Marketer risk management education program," said Stan Bevers, Texas Cooperative Extension economist at Vernon. "In post-training surveys we have conducted, more than 130 Master Marketer participants indicated their gross income increased an average of $41,239 annually based on what they learned.

"There's no reason program graduates shouldn't receive this level of increased returns for the next 10 years. It's been three years since we hosted the program at Vernon, and in all likelihood this may be the last. For that reason, we encourage early sign up."

The first two-day Master Marketer session at Vernon is set for Jan. 16-17. Subsequent sessions will be held Jan. 30-31, Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 27-28.

The training costs $250 per person, and includes meals and materials. The registration deadline is Jan. 7, 2008. Registration forms are available from Bevers, county Extension offices, and online at http://tcevents.tamu.edu .

"Anyone who needs intermediate or advanced knowledge of futures and options can get up to speed by attending a free Jan. 15, 2008 leveling workshop at Vernon," Bevers said.

The Master Marketer program is national award-winning risk management training that teaches participants how to develop marketing plans, evaluate opportunities, manage production and risk, and execute their risk management and marketing plans.

Participants learn from top industry and university professionals who apply case studies and simulation exercises in the classroom. The 64-hour curriculum is the most intensive marketing and risk management training offered by Extension nationwide, Bevers said.

Registration fees pay only a small portion of the program’s cost. Grants from and partnerships with the Texas Corn Producers Board, Texas Farm Bureau, the Cotton State Support Committee, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the Texas Extension Education Foundation and agribusiness also help fund the training, Bevers said.

For more information, contact Bevers at 940-552-9941 ext. 231, your local Extension office, or visit the Master Marketer web site at http://mastermarketer.tamu.edu .