‘Make Your Farm Grow’ Theme of Strategic Ag Outlook 2014 Conference



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 4, 2014 — National and international agriculture leaders representing the grain, transportation, domestic and international fertilizer markets will speak at the Strategic Ag Outlook 2014 conference Feb. 11 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Make Your Farm Grow.”

The conference will begin with a casual lunch at noon followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The conference will be simulcast live at Southeast’s regional campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo. Admission is free.

Speakers will include Chad Henderson of Prime Agricultural Consultants, Verlan Grigsby and Jeff McPike of McDonald Pelz, Shelley Weathers and Pavel Basharimov of Urakali Trading, and Russ Mothershead of Midwest Agri-Chemico.

The conference is sponsored by Southeast’s Department of Agriculture , Midwest Grain & Barge Company and Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc.

A round table discussion and question and answer session will follow the meeting.

This year’s speakers include:

Chad Henderson

Chad Henderson is a founding partner and market analyst at Prime Agricultural Consultants. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture economics. Henderson spent his first 10 years as a licensed broker with Stewart-Peterson group before starting Prime Ag in 2004. He has authored several different nationally recognized advisory newsletters and is frequently quoted in Bloomberg, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Henderson’s interest in the commodity market stems from his farm background. He was raised on a cash crop grain and seed farm in southeast Wisconsin. He continues his agriculture pursuits on his own farm with his wife, Rebecca. Together with their three children, the Hendersons enjoy exhibiting cattle from their small purebred Angus herd.

Verlan Grigsby

Verlan Grigsby has been in the cash grain business for 27 years, spending 10 years at CHS in various roles and 17 years at McDonald Pelz. McDonald Pelz is a cash grain brokerage with offices in Boulder, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Argentina, Brazil, China and Australia. Grigsby specializes in barge and FOB corn trading, but also assists in other commodities such as soybeans, wheat, soybean meal, and corn gluten meal. Grigsby graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in agribusiness. He grew up in a small agricultural community in northwestern Iowa. Grigsby has three children and resides just outside of Boulder, Colo., where he enjoys coaching sports.

Jeff McPike

Jeffrey McPike is currently Manager of Global Marketing for McDonald Pelz Global Commodities, the leading international physical commodity brokerage firm. With offices in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Turkey and North America, McDonald Pelz works with clients worldwide facilitating product flows within the supply chain, providing insightful information and servicing the needs of both importers and exporters.

McPike began his career at Continental Grain Company, working in North Dakota, Minnesota, and New York, specializing in wheat and feed grains Trading from 1980 to 1988. After five years with Goldman Sachs as head of wheat trading, McPike established his own trading and consulting firm, publishing a newsletter, “McWheat on Wheat and Feedgrains,” consulting for select clients and trading derivative products. This was followed by positions at Venus International and Medsofts, both in Cairo, Egypt, before he became trading manager on the grains desk at Cefetra BV, the supply chain manager in the Netherlands. He is a frequent presenter at U.S. wheat conferences in the Middle East and Africa. McPike is a graduate of Yale University and currently lives in Boulder, Colo.

Shelley Weathers

Shelley Weathers is director of UKT Chicago, Inc., the North American trading office for Uralkali, where she has been employed since 2007. Uralkali is the largest producer and has the largest production capacity of potash worldwide. Uralkali corporate offices are located in Moscow, Russia, and the production plants are located in the Perm region of Russia. Uralkali also has sales offices in Beijing, China; Singapore; New Delhi, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Panama City, Panama. Weathers oversees the North American distribution company of Uralkali potash to distributors and retailers and manages a staff of five employees in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

After graduating with a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, Weathers began her career in retail in northeast Ohio and south-central Michigan, selling crop nutrients and chemicals to growers. In 1983, a move to southern Indiana changed her career path to wholesale fertilizer where she sold to local retailers in Illinois and Indiana until 1999. She then served as head of procurement in Norfolk, Va., with Royster -Clark, purchasing three million tons of crop nutrients annually. After a take-over of Royster Clark in 2006 by Agrium, Weathers moved to Denver, Colo., to become a purchasing manager for Agrium Wholesale. Weathers grew up on a family farm in Monticello, Ind., and is still active in farming with her husband in Indiana and Jamaica. She has two children and lives in Glenview, Ill.

Pavel Basharimov

Pavel Basharimov has been the sales and marketing manager of UKT Chicago, Inc. since September 2007. UKT Chicago, Inc., is the trading company for Uralkali, the world’s largest potash producer, headquartered in Moscow, Russia. In his current position, Basharimov is responsible for developing and building sales territories for Uralkali potash in North America for agricultural, feed and industrial markets. Prior to joining UKT, Basharimov was the sales manager for Belarusian Potash Company in Minsk, Belarus. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales to Africa and the Middle East, and sales support to North America. Basharimov was raised in Siberia and studied in London at the age of 17. He has a BSC in economics from the University College London. Basharimov and his wife reside in Wheeling, Ill., and enjoy skiing, golfing and traveling.

Russ Mothershead

Russ Mothershead is the president and chief executive officer of Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Agri-Trans and Midwest Grain & Barge Company (MGB). Based in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Midwest Agri-Chemico, Inc., specializes in the regional distribution and transportation of agricultural fertilizers and commodities to retailers in the Midwest. Agri-Trans provides truck transportation for bulk liquid and dry commodities; MGB is a grain merchandising and river terminal barge loading operation on the Mississippi River, just south of Cape Girardeau. Raised on the family farm near Benton, Mo., Mothershead grew up in the agriculture community of southeast Missouri. He is a 1979 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University’s agri-business program.

Please RSVP by Feb. 4 at (573) 651-0988 or toll-free 1 (877) 651-0988 to reserve your place. Parking spaces will be reserved near Dempster Hall for those planning to attend the meeting. For more information, visit www.midwestgrainandbarge.com.