cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020

The Leading Global Agriculture Conference is Back for 2020 in Chicago

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2020 Agenda

Day 1 - Barchart HQ (View Directions)

10:30am - 1:30pm - Ag Media Roundtable and Lunch (for Media Only)

A private meetup for all Grain Summit 2020 Media Attendees at Barchart’s office! During this private session, we will discuss the various opportunities and challenges ag media faces. Attendees will receive an in-depth look at the latest tools available from Barchart to help better engage your audience with local data and information. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for the cmdty Media Network and receive training of Barchart products on the spot.

Once the private session is over, you will enjoy an exclusive boat tour of Chicago with the rest of the Grain Summit 2020 attendees, followed by an opening night cocktail reception back at Barchart’s office. After the opening reception, Media attendees will enjoy a private dinner at a downtown Chicago restaurant (details to be announced closer to the event).

** The Ag Media Roundtable and Lunch is explicitly for Grain Summit 2020 Media Attendees. If you work in Ag Media, register for your free ticket today!

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


4:00pm - 6:00pm - Opening Reception

Join us for an opening night cocktail reception at Barchart's office. There will be a full bar as well as hors d'oeuvre's for you to enjoy while connecting with colleagues.

6:30pm - 8:30pm - Ag Media Private Dinner

Day 2 - VenueSIX10, Feinberg Theatre (View Directions)

8:00am - Breakfast & Networking (Landing)

Join us before the main event begins for breakfast as well as time for networking with other industry professionals.

9:00am - Welcome to cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020

Barchart CEO, Mark Haraburda welcomes attendees to cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020.

Mark Haraburda

9:05am - Keynote: Charlie Carey, Partner at HC Technologies, CME Group Board of Directors, Former Chairman of the CBOT

Charlie Carey's roots extend deep into the grain markets, and into the evolution of the CBOT and CME. Carey is a third-generation member of the CBOT. Both his grandfather, Peter Carey and uncle Bernard Carey are former Chairman of the CBOT. Carey has been a member of the CBOT since 1978 and was first elected Chairman in 2003. As Chairman, Carey spearheaded the transformation of the CBOT into a public company in 2005 and its 2007 merger with CME. Carey serves as a member of CME Group's Board of Directors, is a partner with HC Technologies, Chairman of the Commodity Markets Council and Chairman of the CME Group Foundation. At cmdtyExchange 2020, Carey will reflect on the evolution of the grain markets, the transformation from open outcry to electronic futures trading and the future of grain price discovery and risk management.

9:25am - Grain Market PerspectivesPanel

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.

10:05am - Microsoft on Data and Analytics for Farming and Decision MakingInnovation Presentation

Increase yield, lower cost, less food waste, food safety, more sustainable farming, and dealing with uncertain conditions – the future of Agriculture challenges is requiring us to make better decisions along the Food and Ag value chain. Data & Analytics allows us to put context around years of aggregated field-centric data and detect coherences, that allow us to take proactive and preventative action.

10:20am - Coffee Break (Landing)

10:50am - How BulkLoads is Connecting Carriers to MerchandisersFireside Chat

11:20am - Ethanol: Politics, Policy and ProfitabilityPanel

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.

12:00pm - How the USDA is Driving Open DataInnovation Presentation

A look inside The Agricultural Transportation Open Data platform - a free, online platform that 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.

12:15pm - Lunch & Networking in the Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)

Join us for a catered lunch on the 9th floor of Venue SIX10 overlooking Lake Michigan and Grant Park. Attendees will also be able to visit with exhibitors at this time and network with other professionals.


1:15pm - Keynote Presentation

1:35pm - AgYield's Cutting-Edge Software for Elevators and FarmersInnovation Presentation

AgYield is a software that was developed to help consult farmers on all of the tools that they can use to better market their grain. The software brings together the growers cost of production, cash sales/elevator contracts, futures and options, and crop insurance to identify the growers profitability and highlight any areas of risk that need to be mitigated.

1:50pm - Weather Data - Current Conditions and Extended OutlookPanel

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?

2:30pm - Coffee Break (Landing)

2:45pm - Leveraging Technology in Ag with Land O'LakesInnovation Presentation

Farming is an uncertain business. However, American farmers have continuously leveraged technology to improve their businesses and reduce risk. In the presentation, Teddy Bekele, will cover the current and future digital technology trends impacting all of us as consumers but also transforming agriculture into a data driven tech-forward industry.

3:00pm - Women in Agriculture: Challenges and SuccessesPanel

Females in the agricultural technology industry face many challenges when it comes to attracting investments for their firms. This panel brings together a strong group of female entrepreneurs who will discuss the resilience of women in ag and how they were able to overcome their own personal obstacles in an industry made up predominately of men.

3:30pm - Main Street DataInnovation Presentation

3:45pm - Advances in Grain Data and Market Analysis with BarchartFireside Chat

Barchart executives will take the stage to give attendees an in-depth look into the company's latest products and services for Grain and Ag professionals.

4:15pm - 6:15pm - Grain Summit Brewery Tour and Networking in the Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)

The day will end back on the 9th floor where attendees will be able to taste and enjoy craft beers from 4 local Chicago breweries. If craft beer isn't your thing, we'll still have a full bar available for you plus you'll be able to enjoy hors d'oeuvres. During this time attendees will be able to network inside the exhibit hall as well as receive demos of Barchart's commodity trading software.

Cocktail Reception & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

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


Day 3 - DePaul Loop Campus
Sponsored by CME Group
(Enter through Barnes & Noble, take elevator to 8th floor - View Directions)

8:00am - Registration / Breakfast

9:00am - 10:15am - 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.

10:15am - 10:45am - A Discussion with CME Group

Attendees will be able to hear from Fred Seamon, Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development of CME Group. Fred will provide attendees with an update on the latest product offerings from CME Group.

10:45am - 11:00am

Q&A and discussion with industry peers as well as Barchart and CME Group staff.

2020 Speakers

Advances in Grain Data and Market Analysis

Mark Haraburda

CEO of Barchart

Mark Haraburda has been CEO of Barchart since May 2016. He previously served as Managing Director of Business Development & Sales at Barchart from 2007. Previous experience includes roles with the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (Cboe) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Mark has a Master of Financial Markets degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bradley University.

Keith Petersen

Head of Strategy at Barchart

Keith has been Head of Strategy at Barchart since September 2017. Keith’s experience includes stops at Bank of America, IMC Financial Markets, CME Group. His background is in business development, M&A strategy, and product, with a focus on Equities, FX, and the physical commodities ecosystem. Keith has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Michael Browne

Head of Sales of Commodity Sales at Barchart

Michael Browne has been Head of Commodity Sales at Barchart since June 2017. His previous roles include product management, product development and business unit leadership. Michael has an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, an M.S. in Information Services from Golden Gate University, and BS in Engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.

Eero Pikat

President at Barchart

Eero A. Pikat has been President of Barchart since 2001. Eero also previously served as CTO and started with Barchart in 1998 as head of development. At heart, Eero is a software developer and architect. He has spent close to 20 years architecting software and hardware solutions for the financial industry. Eero has a Master of Computer Science degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Chris Harrison

CTO at Barchart

Chris Harrison has been CTO of Barchart since March 2018. Chris previously served as a Chief Product Officer and SVP of Engineering for various companies, including GlobalView, Drillinginfo, and FutureSource. Chris is responsible for Barchart's enterprise-wide technology offering, including data feeds, digital solutions, APIs, and software.

cmdty Redefined

Fred Seamon

Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development at CME Group

Fred Seamon has been with the Exchange since December 2001 and has served as Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development of CME Group since spring 2017. He is responsible for conducting research on the structure and performance of commodity markets, which is used to monitor the performance of and maintain the viability of CME Group commodity futures and options contract markets. He also is responsible for investigating the feasibility of new commodity futures contracts and writing trading rules for new commodity futures. During his tenure, Seamon has been heavily involved in the creation of multiple domestic and international agricultural and ethanol futures contracts. Prior to joining the company in 2001, Seamon was on faculty at the University of Wyoming, where he conducted research in commodity marketing issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a PhD in applied economics from Clemson University.

Grain Market Perspectives

Brian Burke

Principal at John Stewart and Associates

Brian Burke brings 25 years of agricultural market experience across a broad spectrum of risk management platforms. Joining JSA in 2011, then later becoming a managing principal in the firm, Brian consults and advises managers of commodity risk across a wide variety of agricultural business. Prior to joining JSA, Brian managed all trading activities for an international biofuels firm with physical assets in the United States, Brazil and Europe. Responsibilities included all physical trading and risk positions in ethanol, grains, sugar, by-products, and transportation assets. Prior to this, Brian traded and managed various grain and oilseed operations with ADM for 11 years.

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.

Mike Jerke

CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy

Mike Jerke is CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He began his career with Archer Daniels Midland and worked with other agricultural-based commodity businesses before transitioning into the ethanol industry in 2001 as General Manager at QuadCounty Corn Processors (QCCP) in Galva, Iowa. After spending eight years with QCCP, Mike took on similar roles at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, Minnesota, Guardian Energy in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Corn Plus in Winnebago, Minnesota. A believer in the need to be engaged in policy development and public education about our industry, Mike was a founding board member of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and instrumental in the development of the Minnesota Biofuels Association. Mike is a board member of the Renewable Fuels Association, vice president of IRFA, and treasurer of the Renewable Fuels Foundation. Mike attributes his strong affinity for farmer owned/developed enterprises to influential instruction at Iowa State University and his firm conviction that farmers can collectively leverage their resources and ingenuity to achieve outcomes that are not as attainable on an individual basis.

Andy Huenefeld

Director, Price Risk Management at World-Kinect Energy Services

Mr. Huenefeld is responsible for helping World-Kinect Energy Services clients navigate the volatility of energy markets through the use of a variety of risk management tools. He acts as World-Kinect Energy Services' primary communicator of the many drivers that impact near-and long-term energy costs utilizing periodic reports, presentations, and conference calls tailored to the needs and objectives of each client. Throughout his time in the industry, Andy has had the opportunity to speak about various market-related topics at energy conferences across the country and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Before getting his start in energy, Andy had a background in financial services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Louisville.

Shashi Menon

CEO of EcoEngineers

Shashi Menon holds over 20 years of business strategy and business development experience in finance, commercial real estate investments, and renewable energy consulting. He is a cofounder of EcoEngineers and has worked closely with federal and state regulators and the biofuel industry over the past 10 years to frame policy to enable successful projects. He collaborated with the USEPA throughout the QAP rulemaking process to develop a balanced rule that controls costs and promotes credit liquidity. Mr. Menon is committed to building a clean energy economy. His formula for a successful renewable energy project are regulatory compliance, a value-add technology, and monetization of carbon premiums to finance startup and operations. His directive and vision for EcoEngineers is to help the company’s clients position their businesses on these three pillars of success.

Mark Novakovich

Market Engagement, Agriculture Americas at S&P Global Platts

Mark Novakovich spent over 12 years working in commodity markets before joining S&P Global Platts in 2018. His career has spanned positions in risk, trading, and brokerage, and he has worked in both energy and agricultural markets. He earned an M.Sc. in Transportation Management from the State University of New York—Maritime College, and has a particular interest in waterborne commodity flows. Mark understands the needs of commodity market participants, and in his current role, he advises clients on utilizing Platts index-based physical and financial contracts.

Weather Data

Tatum Smielski

Chief Revenue Officer at Mercaris

Tatum Smigelski joined Mercaris as Chief Revenue Officer in October of 2019 with a record of achievement as a global business development executive growing emerging markets in the commodity sector. She has deep domain expertise and a background of consistent success in delivering exceptional sales results through strategic target setting and a focus on execution. Before coming to Mercaris, Tatum held several leadership roles at Refinitiv, a market data vendor providing insights and trading platforms to the global financial community. Prior to Refinitiv Smigelski was with The Weather Company, an IBM Business, utilizing her passion for meteorology to provide actionable insights to consumers and businesses across the globe. Drawing from her nearly two decades of experience, Smigelski is directing Mercaris’ strategy and execution, and leading go-to-market efforts in customer acquisition and partner collaboration to meet aggressive growth objectives. Tatum was awarded WISA (Women Sales Awards) North America: Best Women Sales Capability Manager in 2018 for achievements in influencing culture change, diversity & inclusion, leadership, and mentorship. She holds a BS in Aviation and Meteorology from Ohio University.

Chris Hyde

Director of WeatherDesk and Meteorologist at Maxar Technologies

Christopher Hyde is a Meteorologist and leads the WeatherDesk sales team at Maxar in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA. Mr. Hyde has been employed with Maxar since 1998. As a Meteorologist, Mr. Hyde is responsible for contributing to the consensus 30/60 day and seasonal forecasts. Phone consultation with industry traders and meteorologists about the latest forecast view is part of the daily routine for Mr. Hyde. Besides forecast responsibilities, Mr. Hyde manages a team in both the U.S. and United Kingdom responsible for selling Maxar’s energy and agricultural products, worldwide, by letting current clients know about new products and finding perspective energy and agricultural clients. Over the past decade, Mr. Hyde has tripled the amount of weather clients that subscribe to various services and products. Mr. Hyde is a frequent conference speaker and travels to events world-wide each year including North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Chris is also on the Board of Directors for WRMA (Weather Risk Management Association).

Darwin Melnyk

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer at FarmOp

Technological advances in agriculture are not new to Darwin. He’s been helping provide them for more than 20 years. In fact, Darwin’s most recent venture helped to revolutionize the buying and selling of farm equipment. Iron Solutions – now Trimble - provided equipment dealers with pricing, risk management, residual value management and more. Darwin’s dedication to bringing solutions to farmers can be traced back to his roots, growing up on a grain farm in western Canada. In addition to his role at FarmOp, Darwin serves as an Outside Director for the Western Equipment Dealers Association.

Rob Hatchett

Senior Economist at Farm Journal

With a diverse range of experiences in the commodity industry, Rob Hatchett’s insights reflect both his experience in the commercial trade as well as in fundamental market analysis. Rob’s career began over a decade ago with Gavilon LLC in Omaha, NE before moving to Memphis, TN where he currently lives and provides fundamental market analysis to clients with Doane Advisory Services. Throughout his career, Rob has relied heavily on accurate weather data to form trading decisions and the same goes for his ongoing analyses of the U.S. crop supply and price outlooks.

Marlin Bohling

Markets Editor at RFD-TV

Marlin Bohling grew up on and eventually operated a diversified family farm operation on the Kansas/Nebraska border. His experience also includes being a District Manager for DTN, an employee of USDA, owner of a restaurant business, an ag website founder, podcaster, and voiceover artist. By 2002, he had transitioned into a full time farm broadcaster on local, regional, and national radio and TV networks including RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM with studios in Nashville, TN.


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.

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