Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Grain and Farm Supply

The Grain and Farm Supply Center of Excellence provides strategic insights related to the corn, soybean, wheat, biofuel, and farm input industries.  The group analyzes key developments within the sectors pertaining to production, processing, markets, policy and trade.

Center of Excellence Members
Troy Collins, VP/Lead Relationship Manager and Center of Excellence Chair
Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange (Ex Officio)
Kent Erhardt, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Eric Gorman, Senior Credit Officer
Mike Minnihan, Relationship Manager
Justin Pavek, Credit Officer
Al Schuler, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Michael Walton, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Gary Weidenborner, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Holly Womack, VP/Lead Relationship Manager 
Will Secor, Economist, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Grain and Farm Supply Research Reports
Shifting Ground: Mega-Mergers to Realign Farm Retailers
Dicamba Worries Drift into 2018
Who Will Own the Grain? Elevators Eye Improved Prospects
2018-2020: Pressure on Grain and Farm Supply Sectors to Persist
Ethanol’s Growth Path: Output and Export Uncertainties Both Rising
More Feed, Fewer Mills: Upgrades Accelerate Consolidation
Organic and Non-GMO Specialty Grains: Assessing the Impact and Opportunity for Growers
Grain Storage and Transportation Logistics in 2016-17
What’s Ahead for the Grain Markets and Farm Supply in 2017-19
Elevators Look to Feed Wheat to Lighten Load
Ag Retailers – Cyclical Challenges Ahead
Grain Elevators Braced for a Challenging 2016
Will Low Prices Cure Low Prices? Not this Time
The Evolving U.S. Nitrogen Landscape
Ethanol Industry Rebalances
U.S. Corn Exports Await Rebound
Railroad Transportation Congestion and Outlook
Precision Agriculture - A Retailer's Perspective
Shuttle Loaders Approaching the Saturation Point
The Future of Brazilian Grain Production
Chasing Slower Growth in Soybean Trade
Precision Agriculture - Technological Alchemy
Ethanol's New Path Forward
Volatility to Subside as Crop Supplies Reboot: 2014-16 Outlook
More Soybeans in 2014?
Using Fertilizer Swaps to Reduce the Risks from Volatility in Fertilizer Prices
South America's Time to Shine
Delta Acreage: Cotton and Rice Give Ground to Corn and Soybeans
Change on the Rural Horizon: Managing the Expansion of Grain Storage in the Corn Belt
Lessons Learned from the 2008-09 Price Volatility for Fertilizer
Uncertainty in the Grain Belt: Navigating Today's Volatile Fertilizer Markets

If you would like to obtain a copy of any one of KED's research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at

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