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Early Riser Sessions

Check out all these great sessions from the 2020 Commodity Classic!


Set your alarm for these eye-opening early morning presentations on market trends and ag issues. Complimentary coffee and pastries are provided. Offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


THURSDAY, feb. 27

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
How to Profit from Chaos: Strategies for a New Marketing World

Sponsored by Corn & Soybean Digest and Farm Futures, Farm Progress, Channel Seed


Speakers: Bryce Knorr, Senior Grain Market Analyst for Farm Futures magazine and Farm Futures Daily newsletters; Edward Usset, Grain Marketing Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota; Matt Bennett, Channel Seed grain marketing consultant, farmer and former grain elevator manager, Windsor, Illinois


After six continuous years of above-average yields that suppressed market prices, in 2019 many grain farmers saw millions of corn and soybean acres planted at record late dates or not planted at all. Rising from these misfortunes, our panel of expert analysts will share the opportunities they see for grain producers. Panelists will provide concrete, specific ideas on how farmers can capitalize on a market that is suddenly price- and supply-sensitive. They will share insights on simulated market responses based on similar past growing seasons, as well as offer a closer look at factors that could influence a shift in more or fewer corn or soybean acres in 2020. They will share tips on influences for future rallies, including a look at domestic politics, trade, interest rates, and government programs.




friday, feb. 28

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
U.S. Farm Report

Sponsored by Farm Journal Media


Moderator: Tyne Morgan
Panelists: Mark Gold, Top Third Ag Marketing; Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing; Chip Flory, Host of AgriTalk


Be a part of “U.S. Farm Report,” the nation’s longest-running, syndicated, agricultural news program, produced by Farm Journal Broadcast. See a television show in the making and guide the lively discussion by asking questions of host Tyne Morgan and a panel of commodity traders and analysts. Gain insight into futures, market trends and other agricultural issues as the experts debate topics you present. Highlights from this special television taping will air nationwide on “U.S. Farm Report.”




saturday, feb. 29

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Some of You Have Never Experienced a Good Marketing Meeting…

and It Shows!

Sponsored by Advance Trading, Inc.


Moderator: Tommy Grisafi, Commodity Broker, Advance Trading, Inc.

Speakers: Brian Basting, Commodity Research Analyst, Advance Trading, Inc.; Dave Fogel, Commodity Broker, Advance Trading, Inc.; Nathan Mangold, Merchandising Consultant/Broker, Advance Trading, Inc.


Panelists combine a top-level understanding of flat price, expertise in trading basis and spreads, and unbiased research to give you the tools you need to execute sound marketing decisions. Advance Trading, Inc. brings together the experience of the farmer, the market and the elevator—highlighting needs of each business in order to thrive in today’s marketplace. The moderator will lead the discussion in a panel focused on education and preparing today’s farmer for current and future success in ag marketing.