Market Outlook Seminar - Sept 12

Mike North, President of Commodity Risk Management Group, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, September 12 at Lavender Crest Winery, 5401 US Highway 6, Colona.  The evening will begin with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an update from Gold Star FS Grain Merchandiser, Mike Schaver. Reservations must made by September 5 to guarantee a meal.

Mike grew up on his family's dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. His lifelong interest in agriculture production led him to the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Dairy Science. While still a student, Mike served a one-year term as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer.

Mike began his work in the futures industry in 1995 as an intern with a local brokerage company researching the technical and fundamental dynamics of commodity market history and current price trends. As the company grew, Mike's responsibilities grew as well.  His team was often recognized around the country as one of the pioneers of market responsive option hedging programs and were invited by groups across the country to share their knowledge.

After nearly two decades in the business, Mike founded Commodity Risk Management Group (CRMG) ( in 2014.  His team of brokers and advisors leads production and processing clients in their efforts to construct marketing plans and margin management programs. Taking it a step further, CRMG goes beyond the traditional futures and options services to construct programs that manage local market variables as well.

Additionally, Mike uses his experience to educate today’s producers and businessmen about the tools available for price protection and risk management. Mike has been published in several agricultural periodicals, is a regular guest on several national programs such as AgDay, RFDTV, and the U.S. Farm Report, can be heard frequently on several local and national radio programs, served as a part time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and is a featured speaker at programs across the country.

In 2008, Mike was elected to the board of directors of the Dairy Business Association (DBA), an organization which represents the dairy industry and its economic and environmental stake in Wisconsin. He now serves as their president.  Mike has been honored as the 2006 Rising Star in Business for the IA, IL, & WI Tri-State Region and in 2011 as the recipient of the UW-Platteville Outstanding Alumni Award.  Mike and his wife Jennifer have four daughters and are actively involved in showing animals, the leadership of their church as well as several community initiatives. Mike is an avid sportsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and skiing.

Cost for the series is $75.00 and a single session is $25.00 (if not pre-registered cost will be $30.00).  To make reservations, please call the Henry County Farm Bureau (309) 937-2411, Rock Island County Farm Bureau (309) 736-7432 or Mercer County Farm Bureau (309) 582-5116. 

The Market Outlook Series is sponsored by the Henry, Rock Island and Mercer County Farm Bureau Marketing Committees.