Crop Margin Management Seminar


Total Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: 16

This program is designed to help crop producers develop a marketing edge for their operation by managing their profit margin. Appropriate for all experience levels, this comprehensive two-day seminar encompasses a thorough review from fundamental background of the futures market–including terminology, order flow and margining topics–to position structure and management. The seminar also covers futures and options strategies that allow complete flexibility to optimize the profit in the operation.

Day 1 – 08/28/2012

  • Futures Market Fundamentals (2 CPE Credits) An introduction to the futures markets, including terminology and mechanics. We will explore the role of the clearing service provider, regulation of the futures industry and the importance of the margining system to the integrity of the exchange.

  • Futures Pricing (2 CPE Credits)
    The relationship between commodity futures prices and the price on the cash (spot) market, and an introduction to commodity price management.

  • Contracting Choices (2 CPE Credits)
    The obligations, benefits and other considerations of basis contracts and cash forward contracts, as well as the various alternatives to cash contracting, such as futures and options strategies.

  • Managing Price Risk (2 CPE Credits)
    Using futures to hedge the risk of unfavorable movements in crop prices. A group exercise will test participants’ ability to establish a price for a commodity.

Day 2 – 08/29/2012

  • Managing Basis Risk (2 CPE Credits)
    Using futures spreads to address the basis risk inherent in a producer’s cash price.

  • Adding Flexibility with Options (2 CPE Credits) Using options to establish a risk/return balance that matches the needs of a given crop operation. We will explore the factors that contribute to the cost (premium) of an option and how to exploit the asset value of positions to minimize net cost and maximize profit margins as markets change over time.

  • Selecting the Right Option Strategy for Your Needs (2 CPE Credits)
    A comparison of the impact on profit margins from various option strategies alone and in combination. We will work through several examples to illustrate the development of a hedge position, and the process of managing those positions over time.

  • Applying Concepts Learned (2 CPE Credits)
    An interactive price management simulation to reinforce and test new skills. Working in teams and guided by a trainer, participants will make price management decisions over an entire crop production period and evaluate the resulting effect on net margins. The session will conclude with a review of the opportunities and implications of the various hedging strategy alternatives.

    Participants will be furnished with a computer and position analysis software for the simulation.

Registration Details

Registration fee includes all seminar materials, as well as breakfasts, lunches and a networking cocktail reception on Wednesday evening.

Registration is transferrable, however cancellations received after
08/14/2012 are subject to a $100 administration fee. For more information regarding compliance and/or program cancellation policies, please contact us at 1.866.299.9333.

Official Registry Statement

Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

Video Testimonial

Watch Crop Producer, Craig Klinge of Crothersville, IN discuss why CIH’s Crop Margin seminar has helped him make better marketing decisions.



If you’d prefer to enroll by phone,
please call 1.866.299.9333.



Dates & Time

Aug 28th – Aug 29th
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily

Learning Objective

Participants will learn the mechanics of the futures and options markets, and will gain an understanding of when, how and why to use these alternatives — in conjunction with the cash market — to add flexibility to a commodity price risk hedging strategy.

Learning Level




Advanced Prep


Delivery Method



120 South La Salle Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60603

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