Educational Material

Developing an Outlook Talk

This page with publications and databases made available (below) is intended to give to Southern Region Extension personnel the tools with which to develop an “outlook talk.” An outlook talk is a presentation that gives farmers and other interested parties information about agricultural commodities’ and agriculture-related products’ demand and supply conditions in the near future. It is not intended to be a crystal ball, but rather a comprehensive look at the trends that might influence demand or supply, thus affecting prices and production. The manual follows along with a set of slides used in several outlook talks in the spring of 2008. To facilitate learning current databases used to create charts and figures are also made available for download below.

Educational Materials

Manual: Developing an Outlook Talk: Lessons in Demand and Supply
Sample: U.S. Corn, Soybean and Wheat Situation and Outlook for 2008/08
Risk Management Strategies
Southeast Grain Marketing Handbook