The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers a number of resources on marketing and risk management. The pre-plant educational meetings offered by county extension agents often include market outlook information. I am currently scheduled to talk about cotton market outlook in Altus, OK and Clarendon, TX (January 17), Brownfield (January 18), Muncie (January 19), Lubbock (January 23), and Muleshoe (January 26).
Extension agricultural economists regularly conduct half-day or one-day trainings introducing the topic of hedging with futures and options. To have one in your area, contact your county agent. In addition, Extension Economists periodically offer Master Marketer workshops, which involve 64 hours of training aimed at developing a comprehensive marketing plan. The 2018 Master Marketer workshop will be in Wac, TX January-February 2017. Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu, keyword search Master Marketer. I am scheduled to talk about Cotton Fundamentals (Session 2) on January 30, and also lead a hands-on cotton/grain marketing exercise on February 14 (Session 3).
One thing we always do at Master Marketer is conduct a hands-on trading game for cotton and grains. We also do separate one-day Cotton and Grain Risk Management Workshops that provide this same kind of hands-on learning experience, along with current cotton/grain market outlook and a discussion of current crop insurance issues. We have these scheduled for Wharton (October 19), Weslaco (November 8), Victoria (December 5), and Uvalde (December 12).