Global Ag Hedging & Risk Management
The Zaner Ag Hedge Group was formed by industry veterans to provide professional risk management advisory for the agricultural supply chain. Our experience navigating volatile agricultural markets can help you mitigate price risk whether you are a producer, elevator, merchandiser or processor. We work with our clients closely to create customized hedging strategies based on each client's specific needs. What sets us apart from other brokers and ag groups is our ability to employ different strategies for different needs and market conditions. When applicable we use sophisticated strategies to define risk while striving to be as margin efficient and capital efficient as possible. In this current market climate we realize that it makes the most sense to operate on the least amount of capital required.
We have extensive experience with working with banks and financing groups to secure hedge accounts. Part of our offering is not just strategy but also the understanding of the strategy. We consider ourselves teaching brokers in the sense that we want all of our clients to understand exactly how each hedge strategy will work for them. This comes from our understanding that when potential clients do not use any hedge strategies most of the time it is due to lack of understanding. Because of this our services are a perfect fit for legacy projects and marketing management transitions.
Who we helpWe are able to service a broad range of clients including but not limited to:
- Grain and Livestock Producers
- Feed Mills
- Flour Mills
- Grain Elevators / Co-Ops
- Food Processors / Producers
- Ethanol and Alternative Energy Plants
- Importers / Exporters
Our hedging expertise also extends to certain input costs such as fuel and fertilizers as well as currency and interest rate risk. We are also able to translate our experience into other market sectors such as energies, metals, and equities indexes.
Ted leads the department and his title at Zaner is: Vice President, Ag Hedge Group and Chief Ag Market Strategist. Ted graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Economics with a focus in Agriculture. He specializes in agricultural hedging employing various strategies using futures, futures spreads, outright options and option combinations. He believes it is paramount to be able to use different strategies to adapt to market conditions. Ted works with large to mid-size grain and livestock producers and end-users world-wide. He also writes a blog on Agweb called "The Ted Spread," frequently posts articles on Agweb, Insidefutures.com and is often quoted in Reuters, Bloomberg and on the radio.