Commodities en A fantasy game for realizing farm profit <p></p><p>On a frigid winter day, Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because, as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Amy Mayer 28230 at A fantasy game for realizing farm profit Markets woo wary farmers <p>Faith in the commodities markets took another big hit this week after regulators alleged that Iowa futures firm Peregrine Financial Group had falsified its bank records – to the tune of, oh, 200 million dollars. This, after the big MF Global disaster in the fall.<br /> Many farmers and ranchers depend on those markets to help manage the risk of running a business that depends on Mother Nature.<br /> But when customer money starts vanishing, can you blame farmers and ranchers for being a little skittish?</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:30:09 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media 5753 at Markets woo wary farmers