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Risk Management

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Growers can’t count on the markets or the weather—except to change. Staying in …

Growers can’t count on the markets or the weather—except to change. Staying in
business over time means effectively managing the risks growers can control
while minimizing the impact of those they can’t.

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  • 1. Number of pending environmental regulation bills before Congress: 148 Land use /bushel Irrigated water use /bushel 4 Greenhouse gases /bushel Energy use /bushel Soil loss /bushel 1. Jelle Bruinsma. “The Resource Outlook to 2050: By How Much Do Land, Water and Crop Yields Need to Increase by 2050?” Paper presented at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Expert Meeting, Rome, June 24–26, 2009. 2. Elizabeth Sturcken, “Walmart Steps in Right Direction to Cut Chemicals, Fertilizer,” September 12, 2013, http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/09/12/walmart-right-direction-cut-chemicals-fertilizer. 3. Lynn Beavis for the Guardian Professional Network, “PepsiCo: crop swap helps cut emissions,” http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/best-practice-exchange/pepsico-crop-swap-cut-emissions. 4. “Environmental Protection,” last searched January 22, 2014, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/subjects/environmental_protection/6038. 5. Field to Market (2012). “Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators for Measuring Outcomes of On-Farm Agricultural Production in the United States, Summary Report: Second Report (Version 2)," Revised December 2012, http:www.fieldtomarket.org/report/national-2/PNT_NatReport_A27.pdf. RISK MANAGEMENT Growers can’t count on the markets or the weather—except to change. Staying in business over time means effectively managing the risks growers can control while minimizing the impact of those they can’t. Profit Find the stability growers need Time Causes for loss of corn, 1948–2010 1 Plant Wind Disease 4% 2% Insects 2% 2 Other 6% Contract Mar 2014 May 2014 July 2014 Drought 40% Hail 12% Open 422.50 430.00 442.25 High 425.75 430.75 442.25 Low Frost 3% 1 Projected corn commodity prices 421.50 428.50 440.25 Flood 4% Excess Moisture 27% 1. Chad Hart, “Managing Risk in Agriculture,” Iowa State University, June 2013, 38. 2. Commodity Futures prices as reported by Chicago Board of Trade, January 21, 2014.

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