AMARILLO - A two-day Advanced Topic Series seminar originally scheduled for Dec. 16-17 has been rescheduled for Feb. 9-10. The seminar is designed to help agricultural producers better understand futures and options, said a Texas Cooperative Extension economist.

“We will focus on how options fit with cash sales and hedging in a marketing plan, why options work and when they don’t work,” said Steve Amosson, Extension economist based at Amarillo. “We will also discuss development of marketing strategies and how to use these strategies based on market conditions.”

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. Alan Brugler of Brugler Marketing and Management will lead the workshop. Brugler, a former director of marketing for Data Transmission Network, provides a market commentary for the network.

“He developed the Brugler Cycle Indicator used by many market traders, and has more than 20 years experience as a commodity analyst,” Amosson said. “We will use a combination of classroom lectures and small work groups to provide a learning environment similar to our Master Marketer training.”

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.

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is Feb. 9. 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 statewide 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.