(Regina) The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) in cooperation with the Market Prospects project of the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics (PBE) recently uploaded three 1-hour video seminars on Wheat and Barley Marketing featuring Dr. Frayne Olson, Crops Economist/ Marketing Specialist, North Dakota State University Extension Service, Fargo, North Dakota.
APAS and Market Prospects invited Dr. Olson to present seminars titled Understanding and Adapting to the New Cereal Grains Marketing Environment in Melfort, Yorkton and Swift Current (April 2-4) to help local producers understand and adapt to the marketing environment that is emerging with the implementation of Bill C-18.
APAS videotaped and edited the sessions in order to share the key points with wheat and barley producers across the province. (Dr. Olson also made a special appearance on the March 24 Market Prospects segment on CTV’s Farmgate – view at www.marketprospects.usask.ca.)
“This IS a new marketing environment and our producers need to know what alternatives they have,” Doug Faller, Policy Manager at APAS stated. “Dr Olson’s presentation provides a real glimpse at how producers can maximize opportunities and reduce risks based on what is happening in the US grain industry.”
The three videotaped sessions are available for public viewing online on APAS’s YouTube channel (APASonAir) at www.youtube.com/users/APASonAir. You can also follow the links in the left column at www.apas.ca or if your RM is a member of APAS, all local www.MyRM.ca websites include recent posts with links to the videos.
“One of the first things I tell US farmers is to be careful when they read their contracts and to clearly understand what all of the contract provisions are – and if you don’t understand – ask a lot of questions,” said Dr. Olson. “There’s nothing wrong with asking lots of questions and making sure that you’re very clear about what kind of expectations are being made on both sides of the desk.”
Dr. Olson conducts educational programs and research in evaluating crop marketing strategies, crop outlooks and prices, and the economics of crop contracting. He also does joint work in risk management, agribusiness management and farm management.
Dr. Olson earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agricultural Economics from NDSU. From 1987 until 2003, he worked in the farm management and agribusiness management areas at NDSU during the winter months and farmed in Eastern North Dakota in the summer.
In 2003, Dr. Olson transferred the farming operation to his brother to pursue a PhD at the University of Missouri which he completed in 2006. He then taught farm management and conducted agribusiness training programs Iowa State University before returning to NDSU in 2008.
For More Information, please contact:
Norm Hall, APAS President
Office: 306.789.7774 ext 151 or Cellular: 306.530.3668
APAS is Saskatchewan’s general farm organization formed to provide farmers and ranchers with a democratically elected, grassroots, non-partisan, producer organization based on rural municipal boundaries. As the united voice of thousands of agricultural producers in Saskatchewan, we strive to represent the views of a wide variety of agricultural stakeholders in order to form comprehensive policies that can benefit all sectors of society.