To increase their understanding of what options on futures contracts are, and what they can do to increase their profitability potential, cotton producers in the Western region of the Cotton Belt should make it a priority to attend “Hedging with Cotton Options” — an information- rich continuing series of workshops hosted by Cotton Incorporated and the New York Board of Trade.

The upcoming workshop in California is scheduled March 13 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, Calif.

“Sessions within the workshops will cover the basics, as well as some of the more intermediate information related to cotton futures and options, specific hedging strategies involving the use of cotton options contracts, real world applications and a cotton market outlook,” says Jeanne Reeves, director of Agricultural Research and Ag Division staff economist with Cotton Incorporated.

Primary speakers at event

The primary speakers at this event are Eric Matsen of Matsen Enterprises, LLC (a derivative risk management and education company) and Judith Ganes-Chase of J. Ganes Consulting, LLC (a research and marketing services provider specializing in food and agricultural commodities).

Attendance of this seminar is free, and lunch will be provided.

To learn more about this seminar, contact Jeanne Reeves, Cotton Incorporated, (919) 678-2370 — jreeves@cottoninc.com or Tim Barry, New York Board of Trade, (212) 748-4096 — tbarry@nybot.com.

To register, contact Raquel Allen at (212) 748-4094 — rallen@nybot.com or Kay Wriedt at (919) 678- 2271 — kwriedt@cottoninc.com.