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Expert in Grain Markets

Expert ID: 733677 Maryland, USA

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Expert is the leading authority on U.S. cash grain markets, with a unique perspective on the drivers that shape prices and structure. His weekly commentary on local grain prices is carried widely around the USA on various farm and commodity newswire services including Farm Journal, Successful Farming, Bloomberg, Reuters and Dow Jones He is a frequent speaker at industry and trade conferences addressing issues related to local grain prices and structural changes, and covers such topics include risk management, bio fuels and new trading techniques.
Expert has won numerous academic awards for his research and outreach work, and is widely regarded for his ability to explain complex economic issues in simple language. He currently serves on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sub-committee investigating convergence problems in agricultural futures markets.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1994 Degree: PhD Subject: Economics Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1991 Degree: M.E. Subject: Economics Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1989 Degree: BS Subject: AG Economics Institution: Oklahoma State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President & Founder Department: Responsibilities: Provides intelligence services to farmers, grain merchandisers and agribusiness clients, and is the only data service that offers an in-depth array of spot and forward cash market conditions in 17 major commodities from over 4,200 grain buyers around the U.S.A. and Canada. Provides powerful GIS algorithms and optimization tools that help cash grain traders’ spot profitable trading opportunities in local markets. In addition, through its sister company, farmers and cash grain merchants execute futures and options trades to manage risk through their electronic trading platform.
Years: 1994 to 2000 Employer: Montana State University Title: Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Department: Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics Responsibilities: (promoted and tenured)
Years: 1989 to 1994 Employer: North Carolina State University Title: Graduate Research Assistant Department: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Undergraduate Committee, University of Maryland
Member, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Computer Oversight Committee, Chair
Member, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Graduate Student Committee
Member, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Faculty Recruitment Committee
Member, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Extension Committee, University of Maryland
Member, College of Agriculture Undergraduate Scholarship Committee, University of Maryland
Member, College of Agriculture Faculty Awards Committee, University of Maryland
Member, Maryland Extension Specialist Association
Member, University of Maryland Honor Review Board
Awards / Recognition
Member of the Subcommittee on Convergence in Agricultural Commodity Markets of the Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Outstanding Alumnus Award. North Carolina State University College of Ag & Life Sciences.
Award of Excellence in Publications for Outlook. Presented by the Association for University Business and Economic Research for Outlook : Investing in Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana. Expert. K. and Brester. “Value-Added Agriculture in Montana: Lessons from Three Firms” and “Expert, K. Montana Agricultural Outlook.”
Distinguished Group Extension Program, American Agricultural Economics Association, for “Managing Price Risk in Dairy.”
Special Recognition Outstanding Applied Research Contribution in the 1990s by Choices, an agricultural economics professional journal, Fourth Quarter.
Outstanding Faculty Award (less than 10 years of experience). College of Agricultural and Natural Resources, University of Maryland.
Outstanding Journal Article Award "Testing Market Equilibrium: Is Cointegration Informative?" Western Agricultural Economics Association
Extension Specialist of the Year, Maryland Cooperative Extension Service
Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient, American Agricultural Economics Association
Publications and Patents Summary
-Journal Articles: 14
-Peer Reviewed Extension Publications: 32
-Articles in Popular Press Media, Trade Publications and Internet Sites: 18 and 30 Commodity Marketing Columns in 2004 for the Data Transmission Network (DTN) which was delivered to 60,000 users of their internet and satellite system; 8 Commodity Market Columns in 2004 for Agriculture.com which has a user-based of 25,000.
-Reports and Monographs: 5
-Grants and Contracts: 14
-Paper Presentations and Invited Lectures: 13
-Extension Education Programs and Presentations: 52

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