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A Commodity Market Educational Seminar for Agricultural & Commercial Professionals

Thursday, August 8th  

7:30am – 8:00am          Breakfast


8:00am - 8:30am           Welcome & Introductions                                                                     Richard Brock


8:30am - 9:15am           (1.) The Marketing [Risk Management] Plan                                      Jason Moss

  • Illustrating how a central plan integrates all areas and tools of market knowledge   

  • Developing and implementing a Marketing Plan with appropriate goals & discipline

  • Evaluating a Marketing Plan for effective, continuous improvement


9:15am - 10:15am         (2.) Fundamental Analysis                                                                   Kurt Barth

  • Dissecting the components of supply & demand across multiple commodities

  • Identifying major production and usage areas, USDA reports, and seasonality 

  • Building intelligent price forecast models from analysis



10:15am – 10:30am       Break


10:30am-11:30pm         (3.) Technical Analysis                                                                         Richard Brock

  • Reading charts, trends, and momentum

  • Selecting the technical signals to follow or ignore

  • Using technical analysis to time decisions and complement fundamental forecasts



11:30pm - 12:15pm       (4.) Futures & Options                                                                         David Behrel

  • Futures industry, exchanges, contracts, and common terminology

  • Account margin, position limits, rules & regulations

  • Call and put option essentials 


12:15pm – 1:15pm        Lunch



1:15pm – 2:00pm          (5.) Hedging Strategy                                                                           Jason Moss/David Brock

  • Hedging: Its objectives, and the math behind it

  • Types of orders and their underlying philosophies

    • Limit Order, Straight Stops, Stop Close-Only-Orders, GTC Orders

  • Options Essentials – How Puts and Calls Work


2:00pm – 2:45pm          (6.) Cash Marketing                                                                             Kurt Barth/Cody Brunes

  • Understanding what crop basis is and how it works

  • Calculating returns to drying and storage, spreads, and carry

  • Utilizing various cash contracts and other marketing tools

    • Basis Contracts, HTAs, OTC Considerations, etc.

2:45pm – 3:15pm         Break                                                  

3:15pm – 3:45pm         Reinforcing Key Concepts from Day 1


5:00pm                          Bus Departs for Riverboat Dinner Cruise


Friday, August 9th  


8:00am – 9:00am          Breakfast


9:00am – 9:45am          (7.) Advanced Options Strategies and Comparisons                            David Brock/Cody Brunes

  • Put Spreads, Call Spreads

  • 1x2 Put call spreads

  • 3 way put call spreads

  • Straddle and Strangle


9:45am – 10:30am        (8.) Different Options Expirations, Selection Considerations               David Brock


10:30am – 11:00am      Break

11:00am – 12:00pm      (9.) Completing Your Marketing Plan                                                  Moss/Barth

Noon                               Lunch


1:00pm – 3:00pm          (10.) Commodity Outlook                                                                    Richard Brock

3:00 – 3:30pm               Break

3:30pm - 4:00pm          Closing Comments/Open Q&A


6:00pm                          1st Bus departs for Miller Park

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