cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020

The Leading Global Agriculture Conference is Back for 2020 in Chicago

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Focused on the hottest topics and latest innovation impacting the agricultural commodity markets.

May 4-6, 2020 | Chicago

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2020 Agenda (more speakers and panel details coming soon!)

May 4 - Barchart HQ (View Directions)

2:00-4:00pm - Chicago Tour (start at Barchart HQ)


4:00-6:00pm - Opening Reception

May 5 - VenueSIX10, Feinberg Theatre (View Directions)

8:00am - Registration / Breakfast (Landing)

9:00am - Welcome message from Barchart CEO, Mark Haraburda

Mark Haraburda

9:00am - Grain Market Perspectives

Each panelist will bring their own unique perspective on the grain markets to an engaging on-stage discussion on market drivers, fundamentals and the impact of technology.

9:45am - Innovation in Ag (#1) - USDA

Hear from the USDA on their Agricultural Transportation Open Data platform, which enables agricultural stakeholders and the general public to view, access, and download public data about the transportation of agricultural products by rail, truck, barge, and ocean.

10:00am - Fireside Chat #1 - Freight Fireside

10:30am - Coffee Break (Landing)

11:00am - Ethanol: Politics, Policy and Profitability

In this panel, we will explore how the renewable fuels standard (RFS), production and blending subsidies, and other government policies impact the profitability of ethanol production. We will also take a look at how trade policy, including China tariffs, impact our agricultural export markets and global crop prices, and therefore the cost of core feedstocks for ethanol production. Finally, we will hear how some producers are using data science initiatives to drive higher profitability.

11:45am - Innovation in Ag (#2) - Microsoft

Hear from Microsoft on how data & analytics are enabling data-driven farming and decision making.

12:00pm - Lunch & Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)


1:00pm - Innovation in Ag (#3) - AgYield

Hear from AgYield about their software that was developed to help consult farmers on all of the tools that they can be using to better market their grain.

1:15pm - Weather Data - Current Conditions and Extended Outlook

Our panelists discuss how weather is being used today to inform grain market participants decision framework by providing perspectives throughout the value chain. With advanced intelligence and tools around weather changing day-to-day, what do the panelists see on the horizon and what is already starting to be adopted? How can market participants use this data to make better decisions around basis conditions, futures pricing, and how does that inform their buying/selling strategy?

2:00pm - Innovation in Ag (#4)

2:15pm - Fireside Chat #2 - Women in Ag


2:45pm - Coffee Break (Landing)

3:00pm - Innovation in Ag (#5)

3:15pm - Trends and Challenges for Food and Agriculture

This panel will explore some of the challenge’s procurement faces from AI influence on futures and the divergence from cash, to the U.S. and China’s cold war over IP tech dominance and the outcomes for U.S. agriculture, and how agricultural technology is improving yield and sustainability.

4:00-6:00pm - Cocktail Reception and Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)

6:30pm - Commodity Pricing Network dinner at Taureaux Tavern - Invite Only


May 6 - DePaul Loop Campus
(Enter through Barnes & Noble, take elevator to 8th floor - View Directions)

8:00am - Registration / Breakfast

9:00-11:00am - cmdty Redefined

This exclusive and invite-only session will include Barchart's Chief Technology Office (Chris Harrison), Head of Commodities (Michael Browne) and Head of Strategy (Keith Petersen), and will feature an overview of the cmdty ecosystem, in-depth analysis of the flagship cmdtyView platform, a review of cmdty's proprietary data sets and grain data, as well as a review of cmdty's new whitepaper (How Grain Buyers and Sellers can Increase Profits with Basis Indexes from cmdty). There will also be time for Q&A and discussion with industry peers and Barchart staff.

2020 Speakers

Innovation in Ag

Claudie Roessler

Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering

Claudia Roessler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships for Digital Innovation and Ag Tech in the agriculture ecosystem. Help the Agriculture ecosystem to achieve growth momentum enabled by AI/Cognitive computing, IOT, data & advanced analytics, social engagement and new customer experiences. Claudia joined the Advisory Board for Women in Food and Agriculture. Claudia Roessler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Germany. She held several international roles with focus on Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Partner strategy and Industry.

Adam Sparger

Deputy Director of the Transportation Services Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Adam Sparger is the Deputy Director of the Transportation Services Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing economic analysis on agricultural transportation to industry stakeholders and policy officials. He leads projects responsible for providing data and information on truck, rail, barge, and ocean transportation including the weekly Grain Transportation Report, the Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly Report, and a transportation open-data initiative. He also supports the representation of agricultural producers and shippers before Federal transportation regulatory authorities. Prior to his current position, he was a USDA rail-freight economist and authored reports and academic articles on agricultural transportation used to inform industry stakeholders and USDA freight policy.

Justin Kelly

President of AgYield

Justin grew up in Western Illinois working on his family’s farm. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness Management in 2002. After graduation he began working for Iowa Grain Company’s research department and became a CBOT member and corn pit broker. Justin left the trading floor in 2006 to become the President of EHedger where he helps agricultural producers and lenders manage their risk. In 2007 Justin designed the first version of AgYield’s software platform and he continues to manage the developmental stages and key advancements of the state-of-the-art software. As President of AgYield, Justin plays a major role in strategy development while overseeing all day-to-day aspects of the business.

Grain Market Perspectives

Kent Beadle

Director of Risk Consulting Services at CHS Inc.

Kent is the Director of Risk Consulting Services for CHS Hedging, managing the market recommendations for the Russell Consulting Group, a wholly owned consulting arm of CHS Hedging. His time is spent analyzing the markets and advising Russell associates and clients via teleconference and a weekly electronic newsletter. He also provides numerous seminars in person to clients and the industry at large. Prior to his affiliation with the Russell Consulting Group, Kent was a senior market analyst with CHS Hedging, Inc. He worked with commercial agribusinesses and individual producers delivering futures and basis analysis, over-the-counter (OTC) derivative programs, and managed futures programs. Kent began his agribusiness career in 1985 with the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and then joined CHS in 1986 to work in the cash wheat, durum, and barley markets. Kent majored in Agricultural Business Administration at the University of Minnesota. He holds a Series 3 license and is a registered associate with the National Futures Association.

Alan Brugler

President of Brugler Marketing and Management LLC

Alan R. Brugler is the President of Brugler Marketing & Management, LLC, a Nebraska based marketing advisory and consulting service started in 2002. From 1992-2002 he was the Senior Analyst and then Director of Analysis and Product Research for Data Transmission Network (DTN). Prior to joining DTN, he was the Director of Market Information Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation from 1978-1992. He has been writing market commentary and speaking to farm industry audiences on economics and marketing for more than 40 years.

Dan Basse

President of AgResource

Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago. AgResource forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends and provides information/research. Mr Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the market research needs of the world agricultural community. Mr Basse sits as a board member of the US Farm Foundation and holds global conferences on agriculture in Canada, Switzerland and Brazil.

Darin Newsom

President of Darin Newsom Analysis

Darin Newsom has 30 years experience analyzing commodity markets; covering grains and oilseeds, livestock, energies, metals, softs, etc and understanding the different characteristics of each. He has appeared on numerous financial television programs to talk markets, and is a regular analyst on the Iowa Public Television program Market to Market. He is a market columnist and technical analyst blogger, whose work has been featured on websites and in magazines for decades. Darin is well known internationally on the speaking tour, providing his unique analytical observations and years of experience on market outlook and how markets work by looking at trend, forward curves, and other market indicators.

Ethanol: Politics, Policy and Profitability

Scott Richman

Chief Economist of the RFA

Scott Richman joined RFA as Chief Economist in August 2018. He oversees the development and execution of research and analysis initiatives to support the Association’s public policy, regulatory, and public relations objectives. Most recently, Scott served as Senior Vice President and Co-head of North America Consulting for Informa Agribusiness Consulting. In this role, he developed the ethanol and agricultural biotechnology practice areas and co-managed the 15-person consulting group. Scott has provided agribusiness research and intelligence to Informa’s clients for over 25 years, including RFA and other private and public bioenergy stakeholders. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where he specialized in international business and was an Honorary International Fellow.

Fireside Chat #1 - Freight Fireside

Jared Flinn

Operating Partner at BulkLoads

Highly proven and accomplished entrepreneur in the agriculture and bulk commodity industry with experience as a driver, dispatcher, and logistics management. My area of specialization includes negotiating bulk freight loads for hopper bottoms, end dumps, belts, walking floors, pneumatic and tanker trailer types. In relation, I co-founded and developed a trucking logistics program,, that connects shippers, carriers, and brokers together to ease the load search process with a few easy steps. has a network with over 10,000 members that moved approximately $3 Billion in commodities in 2019. Aside from the load board, I saw a great need for a factoring company that focuses on the trucker to better their business in every aspect possible without the taxing fees and contracts. I along with three others, co-founded Smart Freight Funding that specializes in removing the financial issues that come with the daily operations of an owner/operator business and hone on customer service. I operate with the highest integrity on a proven set of skills which include critical thinking, strategic business planning, and valued relationship building. I am committed to my work and my passion lays in mentoring those who are entering industry.


cmdtyExchange Sponsorships

If you would like to sponsor cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020 or participate in the Exhibit Hall, please contact Colleen Sheeren at or 312-283-2375.


  • Accounting Providers
  • Advisory
  • Ag Lenders
  • Ag Media
  • Alternative Data Providers
  • Brokers
  • Commodity and Futures Traders
  • Commodity Software
  • Consultants
  • Crop Insurance
  • Crushers
  • CTA
  • Elevators
  • Ethanol Plants
  • Exchanges
  • Farmers
  • Farm Management
  • Freight
  • Grain Originators
  • Hedge Funds
  • Multi-nationals
  • Processors
  • Refiners
  • Risk Management
  • Service Providers
  • Trading Firms


venue SIX10

Join us at Venue SIX10, 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. This contemporary building overlooks Grant Park and down town Chicago. It is conveniently located near many hotels, restaurants, and minutes from the Chicago Board of Trade and Financial District.

Recommended Hotels

Hilton Chicago - Michigan Ave

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 922-4400

The Black Stone Hotel

636 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 447-0955

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