South Dakota State University Extension Economics will host a five-week Managing Change seminar series beginning Feb. 12. The series covers a range of topics of interest to agricultural producers, the business community and investors.

The seminars are intended to give a board view of agribusiness in the state and nation and ultimately will be available as podcasts, according to an Extension news release. 

The seminars run from noon to 1:30 CST on the campus of South Dakota State University at Pugsley Hall in room 214. The seminar will also be broadcasted to SDSU Extension Regional Centers; see for details on attending at the centers.

The series also will be available as podcasts after each session, which could give them a national audience interested in what the specialists say. Presenters can be referred to as experts because most of those listening will be more than 30 miles away.

Seminar Agenda:

Feb. 12; "Grain Market Outlook & Strategies," presented by Lisa Elliott, SDSU Extension commodity marketing specialist. This presentation will provide a fundamental outlook by exploring the drivers in the grain and oilseed markets for 2013.

Feb. 19; "Tax Talk" presented by Vicki Koch, SDSU accounting instructor. As part of National Entrepreneurship Week 2013, this presentation will teach attendees about tax deductible expenses related to small businesses and their Schedule C filings. Topics include: tests for deductibility, issues related to certain deductible expenses and deductions for home office use.

Feb. 26; "Cattle Markets and Risk" presented by Matthew Diersen, SDSU Extension risk/business management specialist. Diersen will discuss market fundamentals, the long-range outlook, basis trends and volatility levels with the intent of helping cattle producers make sound risk management decisions.

March 6; "Macroeconomic Outlook" presented by George Langelett, SDSU Extension small business specialist. Langelett will discuss the fundamentals of the U.S. economy, both effects of recent history and near term outlook, with the intent of helping local businesses make sound decisions based on the health of our macro economy.

March 13; "Ag Land & Rental Markets" presented by Burton Pflueger, SDSU Extension agribusiness management specialist. Results from the SDSU Farm Real Estate Market Survey will be presented. Discussion will consider factors influencing market decisions and impacting farmland markets.