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

May 4 - Barchart HQ (View Directions)

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.

May 5 - 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.

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.


1:15am - 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 - Cocktail Reception & Networking in the Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)

The day will end back on the 9th floor where attendees will be able to enjoy a cocktail reception with 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


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

8:00am - Registration / Breakfast

9:00am - 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

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.

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.

Innovation in Ag

Claudia 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.

Teddy Bekele

Chief Technology Officer of Land O’Lakes

Teddy serves as the Chief Technology Officer, leading Land O’Lakes’ Ag Tech and IT organizations and is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions for retail and farmer customers to help them produce more sustainable outputs by leveraging agronomic insights from Answer Plot® locations, labs, the Winfield United Innovation Center and the collective knowledge of our organization. Teddy’s application of technology and data to the practice of farming has shaped product offerings such as WinField United's R7® Tool, Answer Tech and ATLAS portal. Prior to his current role, Teddy served as Vice President, Ag Technology for WinField United, as well as Business CIO for WinField United providing full IT management and leadership responsibilities. Teddy holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Ron LeMay

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Data

Ron serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Data. Ron has spent more than 40 years pioneering new opportunities for traditional and emerging industries as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He brings a unique perspective to Main Street Data’s leadership team that was achieved through diverse executive leadership experiences and spanning the full spectrum of company development.

In addition to his role with Main Street Data, Ron is the managing director and co-founder of OpenAir Equity Partners, where he recognizes innovation and guides up-and-coming companies in successfully applying technology in the marketplace. Prior to starting OpenAir Equity Partners, he spent decades in senior leadership roles with Sprint (President and COO), AT&T and Southwestern Bell, working in an environment known for innovation and budding technologies. As the first employee and CEO of Sprint PCS, Ron guided the company from start-up to $10B in annual revenue faster than any company in U.S. history. After leaving Sprint in 2003, Ron became a partner with Ripplewood Holdings, where he helped orchestrate the turn-around of Japan Telecom as its CEO. Ron also was instrumental in the formation of GoGo In flight Internet Services, the leading broadband in-flight Internet service, serving as CEO and now Chairman. He currently serves on the boards of GoGo In flight Internet Services (GOGO), Hyla Mobile (HYLA) and Zubie.

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.

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.

Weather Data

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.

Women in Agriculture: Challenges and Successes

Isis Almeida

Senior Agricultural Commodities Reporter at Bloomberg News

Isis Almeida is a senior reporter covering agricultural commodities for Bloomberg in Chicago, writing about everything from cocoa to sugar, wheat to soybeans, and animal protein markets. In her current role, she covers markets globally and also follows some of the top companies in the industry. Isis joined Bloomberg in 2011 as a soft-commodities reporter in London.


cmdtyExchange Sponsorships

If you would like to sponsor 2020 cmdtyExchange 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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