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  • Ask the Analysts: What Factors Influence the Price of a Commodity? | Market to Market

    What commodity would you recommend to a new trader? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask the Analysts: How Do Different Commodities Interact with and Influence One Another? | Market to Market

    Learn how commodities get recommended to traders in this Ask the Analysts segment from Market to Market Classroom. What commodity would you recommend to a new trader? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Trouble at Grainly Farms

    Can your students identify and solve the problem at Grainly Farms? This interactive case study incorporates scientific concepts such as natural selection, adaptation, inheritance of traits, integrated pest management and nematodes. As students work through each page of the online module, they receive new information about the situation to help them solve the problem. Students view and analyze videos and documents, and discuss the implications before new information is provided. Students apply their understanding of scientific concepts and suggest a plan to deal with the trouble at Grainly Farms.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Ask the Analysts: How are Commodity Markets Regulated? | Market to Market

    Learn how commodity markets are regulated with this video from the Ask the Analysts segment of the Market to Market series. In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask a Commodity Analyst: What Chance Does a Single Investor Have Against High-Frequency Trading? | Market to Market

    What chance does a single investor have against high-frequency trading? Experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask a Commodity Analyst: What Does a New Producer or Trader Need to Know About Commodity Markets? | Market to Market

    What commodity would you recommend to a new trader? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask a Commodity Analyst: How did You Get Started in Commodity Market Analysis? | Market to Market

    What commodity would you recommend to a new trader? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to help students and producers better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Educator & Agronomist | Catherine Swoboda

    Learn about Catherine Swoboda, an agronomist who develops educational programming for the World Food Prize Foundation in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. She uses her strong background in agricultural science to motivate high school students and teachers in and around Iowa to further Norman Borlaug's mission to alleviate hunger around the world. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Software Designer | Chafik Barbar

    Learn about Chafik Barbar, a software designer who helped design a way for an agricultural businesses to evaluate the risks of the commodity market in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Technology to Barbar is “taking a real-life scenario and trying to convert it into a piece of software that solves somebody's problem.” Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Entrepreneur | Alex Poltorak

    Learn about Alex Poltorak, an agricultural business enrepreneur who founded Urban Canopy, a company that works with Chicago-area neighborhoods growing food in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Strategy Leader, Biotech Affairs and Regulations | Jim Gaffney

    Learn about what Jim Gaffney does as Strategy Leader, Biotech Affairs and Regulations, for DuPont Pioneer in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Gaffney helps to guide new agricultural products through the regulatory process and to bring them to market in the most efficent way possible. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Commodities Trader | Jack Scoville

    Commodities Trader Jack Scoville places trades for others at the Chicago Board of Trade in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Weed Scientist | Bob Hatzler

    Bob Hartzler is a weed scientist who works for the Extension Office at Iowa State University educating the public and students about weeds in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Food Security Advisor | Adam Reinhart

    Adam Reinhart is an agriculture and food security advisor for the U.S. government's Office of Food for Peace in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Animal Scientist | David Patterson

    David Patterson is an animal scientist researcher at the University of Missouri in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

    Grades: 8-12
  • Career Profile: Farmer | James Petersen

    James Petersen raises livestock, grows organic, conventional, and genetically modified crops on his family-run farm in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education, and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.  

    Grades: 8-12
  • Commodity Markets: Managing Risk with Cash Markets and Forward Contracting | Market to Market

    Learn about the two methods that are commonly used by farmers and ranchers to market commodities and manage risk in this video from Market to Market Classroom. Agriculture production is full of risk. In any year, growers can face weather perils that include droughts and floods. Even when producers escape those extremes, conditions must be favorable at key periods during planting, growing, and harvesting. And even after crops are grown and harvested, producers still encounter risk. Changes in consumer demand, unforeseen international events, costs for fuel, and other circumstances can all influence profit. But the greatest risk of all may not be associated with producing commodities, but in marketing, or selling, them for a profit. Two methods that are commonly used to market commodities are cash marketing and forward contracting. 

    Cash marketing takes place when a farmer sells his commodity for cash. A trade on the cash market always involves transfer of the actual commodity.The farmer delivers their grain to the elevator after harvest or from storage, and receives the current price. The farmer's primary risk is if prices move lower while holding the commodity, he or she will have missed the opportunity to sell at the higher price.

    A forward contract is a way to minimize the risk that the price of a commodity might go down before a farmer sells. A forward contract is an agreement to deliver a specific amount of a specific commodity at a specific time in the future. Because no one really knows whether prices will go up or down, a forward contract "locks-in" a price that is higher than the current cash price.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Commodities and Commodity Markets | Market to Market

    Learn about commodity markets with this video from the Market to Market Classroom series. A commodity is a raw product. To make it easier to buy and sell these raw goods, the quality of the commodity must be uniform from all producers. A commodity market is a place where you can buy, sell, or trade these raw products. Learn more with this video from the Market to Market series. 

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask a Commodity Analyst: What Does a New Trader Need to Know About Agricultural Commodity Markets? | Market to Market

    What does a new trader need to know about agricultural commodity markets? Experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to help students better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Ask a Commodity Analyst: What Are Risks and Benefits to Commodity Trading? | Market to Market

    What are risks and benefits to commodity trading?  Experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to help students better understand how the markets work.

    Grades: 8-12

Funder: Iowa Communications Network