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May 8-10, 2019 | Chicago

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2019 Focus on Grain Markets

New technologies and data sets are changing the landscape of today's commodity markets.

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Conference Details


May 8

4-6pm - Opening Reception

May 9 - VenueSIX10

8am - Registration

9am - Innovation in Ag (Feinberg Theater)

Hear from four new startups about how the industry is growing.

10:30am - Coffee Break on the Landing

11am - Grain Market Perspectives from a Market Analyst, Producer, Merchandiser and Broker (Feinberg Theater)

Each 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.

12pm - Lunch & Exhibit Hall overlooking Grant Park (9th Floor)

1-4pm - Panels (Feinberg Theater):

Panel 1: "The New Harvest - Ag Data"

Ag markets are evolving at a faster pace than ever before with new distribution models and emerging data products leading the trend. Learn more about the new types of data being harvested in ag - from predictive AI models and farm machinery IoT, to geospatial insights. Our esteemed panelists have deep knowledge in harvesting greenfield data opportunities in the space and will share their experiences in developing new product and implementing into key workflow decisions.

Panel 2: "Is Electronification of Physical Trading Finally Here?"

For the past decade AgTech upstarts and industry giants alike have attempted to electronify and drive automation in the physical grain trading space. The market for these services has been slower to develop than many anticipated, but that hasn’t slowed the pace of innovation. With the latest offerings available to the marketplace, are farmers and grain buyers finally ready to embrace change? Has it already happened? Join our panelists as they discuss the past, present, and future of physical grain trading.

Panel 3: "Moving Grain Transportation Forward"

The markets surrounding agriculture are changing in many ways with new players, benchmarks, and direct to producer models emerging. Our panelists discuss possible disruptions to the existing business model, predictions for the marketplace going forward, and the impact of new technology on grain transportation. Join our panelists from major transportation firms, emerging service providers, sector experts, and the firms who move product throughout the value chain.

4-6pm - Cocktail Reception (9th Floor)

May 10 - VenueSIX10

9-11am - cmdty Redefined & Breakfast (Invite Only)

Join Barchart's Head of Commodities Michael Browne and Chief Technology Officer Chris Harrison for an exclusive look at the data, analytics and tools behind Barchart's cmdty product line. From our patent pending county-based grain and weather indexes and physical grain platform, to in-depth commodity statistics and how to leverage the cutting edge cmdtyView platform.


Innovation In Ag

Rory O'Sullivan

Founder - Grain Discovery

Rory O’Sullivan has held a diverse range of roles in the agricultural commodity space over the past 18 years, from unloading trucks at the local grain elevator to running a profitable commodity trading book at one of the world’s biggest funds. Travelling and witnessing inefficiencies and opaque supply chains cemented his vision for Grain Discovery. Studied Agricultural Science at University of Melbourne.

James O'Brien

Co-Founder - Agrograph

Co-Founder of Agrograph, James has been helping corporations and startups navigate innovation initiatives and build sustainable processes for over a decade. James has held leadership positions at four startups, two of which he co-founded. He’s also lead product innovation teams at three multinational corporations ranging from financial services, to insurance to weather and healthcare. James holds an MBA from Edgewood College, a Masters of Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor degree from Iowa State University.

Jonathan Rubin

CEO - New Leaf Data Services, LLC

Jonathan has more than 25 years of business experience in regulated and unregulated commodity markets, including 15 years in commodity data services advising on strategy, financing, M&A, sales, partnerships, and new business creation. He co-founded and launched New Leaf Data Services, LLC and its Cannabis Benchmarks® division in February 2015 to bring transparency and efficiency to cultivators, dispensaries, investors, traders and other cannabis market participants through validated, standardized benchmark price assessments.

Jan Dutton

CEO - Prescient Weather

Dr. Jan Dutton is the CEO of Prescient Weather Ltd and ClimBiz Ltd. His career spans positions at Weather Ventures, Earth Networks, Storm Exchange, Schneider Electric, and DTN. Dr. Dutton’s career objective is to enable business decision making based on weather and climate information. He received a dual degree B.A. in Physics and Science and Technology Studies from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 1994. He received a Ph.D. from the Penn State Department of Meteorology in 2000. He also received an MBA from the Smeal College Business at Penn State in 2000. His dissertation focused on the simulation of interannual climate variability using regional climate models.

Melisa Culbertson

Executive Director and Senior VP - RJ O’Brien

Melisa Culbertson is the Executive Director and Senior Vice President of RJ O'Brien's Structured Products Team. She spear headed the development of the OTC offering at RJ O'Brien and is commonly recognized as a top agricultural derivatives trader in Chicago. She has been an independent trader and member of the CBOT/CME for many years both on and off the floor. She also operates her own small farm in Indiana. She is a graduate of Purdue University.

Grain Market Perspectives

Moderator: Alan Brugler

President - Brugler Marketing & 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.

Darin Newsom

President - 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.

Kent Beadle

Director - Risk Consulting - 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.

Tom Dosdall

Futures and Options Broker - Daniels Trading

Tom Dosdall specializes in working with commercial participants in the agriculture industry, both growers and merchants, to better manage price risk and opportunity for the commodities they buy or sell. As a Series 3 licensed futures and options broker with over a decade of experience, Tom has focused expertise in the corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, dairy, and lean hog markets. Tom’s extensive brokerage experience includes intertwining physical/cash markets and client profit margins with the intricacies of futures and options strategy execution. Technical price chart analysis used to professionally manage risk or create leverage, as market conditions dictate, is a key component of Tom’s daily interaction with clients. With deep ancillary knowledge of currencies, energies and feed usage, Tom offers his clients a well-rounded perspective and comprehensive guidance. In addition to serving as a broker, Tom is the creator and publisher of Technical Ag Knowledge, a video e-newsletter spotlighting technical chart formations in the agricultural futures markets.

Dan Basse

President - 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.

John Newton

Chief Economist - American Farm Bureau Federation

Dr. Newton is the Chief Economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the largest organization of independent farmers in the United States. In this role, Dr. Newton is responsible for the management of Farm Bureau’s economics department and coordinates and conducts analyses used for the development of and the advocacy for Farm Bureau policy. Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Newton worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as an agricultural economist and was detailed to both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. Following his service to USDA and the Congressional Committee, Dr. Newton was an award-winning faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The New Harvest - Ag Data

David Gebhardt

VP Strategic Partnerships - Geosys, Urthecast

Dave Gebhardt is Vice President of Analytics for UrtheCast, a geospatial data and analytics company, where he manages the recently acquired Geosys business. He grew up on a family farm in southeastern Minnesota where his three brothers are still farming. Dave earned his B.S. degree in agronomy from Iowa State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his position at UrtheCast, Dave has spent more than 25 years in the agriculture industry in various plant genetics, agronomy, and technology roles with companies such as Coors Brewing Company, DuPont Pioneer, WinField United, and Geosys.

Tim Worledge

Co-Founder and Director - AgriCensus

Tim is a co-founder and director of Census Commodity Data, bringing a wealth of price reporting and publishing experience. A former director at S&P Global Platts, Tim led the agriculture reporting team that was instrumental in the development of the Black Sea swaps market and has been at the forefront of price reporting for over 10 years. He was also responsible for Platts benchmark biofuels assessments, including global ethanol benchmarks. Before moving into agriculture, Tim was an oil market pricing expert focusing on the European refined product markets.

Jason Tatge

CEO, President and Co-Founder - Farmobile

Jason Tatge serves as CEO and co-founder of Farmobile — the Independent Farm Data Company — based in Leawood, KS. Since its inception in 2013, Farmobile builds foundational technology for the future of agriculture, which enables farmers and their channel partners to collect, standardize, share and monetize data to benefit farms and the agriculture and food industry. A driving force in the Midwest’s entrepreneurial community, Jason has been leading internet and agtech companies for more than 18 years.

Daniel Ferber

Data Scientist - ACRE by McKinsey

Dan joined ACRE, the agriculture analytics group at McKinsey, in 2016 and provides long term engineering vision for core infrastructure with an emphasis on robustness, automation, and generalization. He works with clients across the agricultural space to deliver impact using advanced analytics and cloud-based solutions, such as advising on major digital transformations and designing dashboard solutions for hedging and procurement desks.

Andrew Fansler

Owner - Fansler Farms

Is Electronification of Physical Grain Trading Finally Here?

Moderator: Candice Lucas

Director, Commodity Products - CME Group

Brennan Turner

CEO - FarmLead

Brennan Turner is the CEO of, North America’s Grain Marketplace. He holds a degree in economics from Yale University and spent time on Wall Street before starting FarmLead. In 2017, Brennan was named to Fast Company’s List of Most Creative People in Business and, in 2018, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He’s originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, where his family started farming over 100 years ago. Today between there and extended family in Fargo, ND, the family is seeding over 60,000 acres this spring! His views on grain markets are regularly featured in the likes of Bloomberg and CNBC, as well as small-town community newspapers across North America

Mark Hafliger

President - AgMark LLC

Mark Hafliger is the President of AgMark LLC based in Beloit, Kansas. AgMark LLC is a regional grain marketing organization owned by 5 farmer owned cooperatives. Mark's passion for agriculture started with being raised on farm in Western Kansas and still has involvement in the diverse grain and livestock family farm operation today. Including AgMark, Mark has spent over 27 years in the agriculture industry in various roles including management, merchandising and marketing consulting with companies like Advance Trading, Scoular and ADM. Mark did research for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University where he earned his Master degree in Agricultural Economics.

Troy Presley

Head of Grain Merchandising - CoMark Equity Alliance

Mark Frank

CEO - GrainBridge LLC

Mark was raised on family farm near Verdigre, Nebraska, where he gained experience with grain and livestock production. He graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1994 with a degree in agricultural education with an emphasis on agriculture business. Mark has worked in various roles in the agriculture industry including Dow Chemical and Monsanto. In 2002 Mark and two partners started Diversified Management Consulting, LLC, which helped farmers manage risk and market their commodities. In 2008 Mark and three partners started GrainBridge LLC which is a SaaS (Software as a Service) company that builds and services agricultural software for the grain and livestock industry. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Tara and their two children, as well as hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Moving Grain Transportation Forward

Moderator: Adam Sparger

Economist - Transportation Services Division, USDA-AMS

Adam Sparger is an economist with the Transportation Services Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. He researches agricultural and freight transportation issues at USDA with a focus on railroad transportation. In addition to authoring USDA reports and academic articles on agricultural transportation, his research and analysis are used to inform internal USDA policy positions and rule makings. Sparger co-coordinates the publication of the Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly Report, Transportation of U.S. Grains: A Modal Share Analysis, and Grain Transportation Report. He also helps develop and review USDA's regulatory filings on rail policy with the Surface Transportation Board.Sparger is a member of the Transportation Research Board and Transportation Research Forum, providing an agricultural economic perspective to rail and freight transportation issues. He received an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.

J. Fernando Quinonez

Global Client Manager - Agricultural Commodities for A.P. Moller - Maersk

Maersk, a leading ocean transportation and container logistics integrator. Transitioning to his current role effective January 1st, 2019, Fernando is responsible for a strategic account program focused on a portfolio of Agricultural clients transporting corn, soybeans, and DDG as well as various meals and fodder. Engaging an extensive network of global stakeholders - operational and commercial teams within Maersk - he is tasked with the development and support of key US-based Agricultural accounts while enabling Maersk’s service offering to connect this vital segment with key markets across the globe. Over his 21 years with the A.P. Moller – Maersk organization, he has held several commercial positions including Director of Sales – Midwest based in Chicago as well as Regional Marketing & Commercial Planning roles in Miami, Florida. Originally from El Salvador, Fernando moved to the US in his childhood and attended the University of Miami. He lives with his wife Kateri and their two children in the Chicago area.

Ibrahiim Bayaan

Chief Economist - FreightWaves

Ibrahiim Bayaan serves as FreightWaves’ subject matter expert on macroeconomic conditions and the effects that they have on freight markets. He writes regularly on economic developments and provides critical analysis on the outlook for freight. Prior to joining FreightWaves, he led economic analysis at UPS, a role he began in 2010. He played a key role in revamping UPS’ international, domestic and regional forecasting procedures, developing statistical models explaining macroeconomic activity and the effects on transportation patterns. He was also responsible for disseminating the economic outlook inside and outside of UPS, delivering key insights on the economy and effects on the transportation industry.

Kearney Klein

VP of Indigo Transport - Indigo Ag

Kearney applies over two decades’ experience and business acumen to optimizing the agriculture supply chain as Vice President, Indigo Transport. For more transparency, efficiency, and reliability in how grain and other harvests are shipped around the country, Kearney leads the business line to address pain points for a variety of stakeholders – including growers, shippers and carriers. Accustomed to establishing innovative business models for success in the digital-age, Kearney’s experience includes Bunge Limited, Air Products, and Marakon. He helped design and implement a global agribusiness organization while at Bunge, including functions and platforms to assess risk. Other areas of focus include growth strategy, organization restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. Kearney is results- driven and entrepreneurial-minded, positioning those that work for him to outperform their expectations. A graduate of Northeastern University, where he received BS in industrial engineering, and Vanderbilt University, where he received his MBA in finance and operations, Kearney began his career at General Electric as a quality engineer. On the weekends, you can find him doing everything outdoors with his wife and three children.

Prez Koralewski

Freight Expert - NASDAQ NFX


venue SIX10

If you would like to sponsor 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.

Recommended Hotels

Hilton Chicago - Michigan Ave

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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The Black Stone Hotel

636 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 447-0955