Market Outlook Seminar featuring Matthew Kruse

Matthew Kruse, President of Commstock Investments, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:15 p.m. at Lavender Crest Winery, 5401 US Highway 6, Colona.  Dinner will be served followed by an update from Tom Parchert, River Valley Cooperative.  Reservations are required and must be made by June 25 to guarantee your attendance. 

Matthew Kruse is a 5th generation farm manager who grew up on a farm near Royal, Iowa.  He is President of Commstock Investments, an agricultural risk management firm providing brokerage services, market research and crop insurance to clients throughout the United States. 

Beginning in 2002, Mr. Kruse co-founded an investment company that purchased and operated farmland on the frontier of Brazil.  As Chief Operational Officer, he lived and worked on-site in Brazil for nearly 14 years, overseeing production of approximately 22,000 acres of soybeans, corn and cotton.  He is fluent in Portuguese and has earned dual Brazilian citizenship.  Mr. Kruse is actively engaged in production agriculture through his family farm in both Iowa, as well as in Brazil, producing soybeans, corn, coffee and milk. 

Mr. Kruse received two bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University in Political Science and Communications.  He earned his Executive MBA from Walden University.  He has participated in The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers at Texas A&M.  He is an Accredited Farmland Manager through ASFMRA.  He holds Series 3, 30, and 31 licenses.

Cost for the single session is $35.00 (if not pre-registered cost will be $40.00).  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 in conjunction with:  Gold Star FS; BankORION; COUNTRY Financial - Alan Davis, Crop Insurance; Central Bank; COUNTRY Financial - Brent Bigham, Tracy Bigham, Chad Nelson, John Waugh; Big River Resources; River Valley Cooperative; Diamond Ag; Wyffels Hybrids; Compeer Financial (Aledo & Geneseo offices); COUNTRY Financial - Dan Kniss, Mike Geuns, Eric Henderson, Julie Hessler, Tom McKie, Jerry Samuelson, Erin Spivey, Katie Spivey, Cassie Stahler; Blackhawk Bank & Trust; Hertz Farm Management.