The Grain Leaders Academy is a comprehensive and immersive agribusiness development program that provides emerging talent in the grain industry with the knowledge and skills needed to lead tomorrow’s companies.

This program is a perfect fit if:

  • You would benefit from an immersive leadership program
  • You’re a new-generation merchandiser who is looking be the next management professional in the industry
  • You are looking for global insight into the grain marketplace

This exclusive program consists of nine days of training. These training sessions will take place in three different cities. The cost of this comprehensive program is $7,500. This includes hotel stays, meals, and materials during the sessions. Participant is responsible for travel expenses.

Dates and Locations:    
April 5-7, 2017
Chicago, IL
August 22-24, 2017
Kansas City, MO
November 29-December 1, 2017
New Orleans, LA

    In depth discussions of global grain market dynamics as well as domestic supply and demand factors will be the focus of the Grain Leaders Academy. Session will feature Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist; Bruce Nelson, Risk Management Consultant; and Rich Jelinek, VP Global Education as well as many other INTL FCStone Financial Inc. FCM Division brokers and experts. In addition to grain market dynamics, the program will also cover a wide range of advanced leadership and management topics. Mark Jewell, trainer, coach and a nationally recognized speaker will lead discussions on managing teams and change, creating company culture, managing across generations, and how to use your strengths in a team and leadership setting. Click here to meet Mark.

    Topics will include:  
    • Grain Delivery System and Spreads
    • Standard and Non-Standard Options
    • Structured Products
    • Logistics and Freight Trading
    • Grain and Oilseeds Processing
    • Leadership and Strengths Based Training


    “This program is certainly a stepping stone for the younger generation in the grain industry. This program sheds lights on a lot of the industry when we talked about things like the delivery system, barge freight, bean crush, ethanol hedges, livestock, and OTC products. INTL FCStone has the market intelligence and industry connections to do this. I would highly recommend it for anyone in their late 20’s to early 30’s. I think it’s too advanced for kids in their first year or 2 in the industry, but once you gain a solid understanding of futures, basis and hedging and have a basic understanding of options this can certainly help make you a better, more informed, more educated member of the grain industry.” – Jamie O’Hearn, Pro Cooperative

    “Overall a good program for anyone interested in diving into all aspects of the grain industry from risk management tools to broad based economic and organizational challenges that one faces while taking the grain industry to a new generation of consumers and operators.” – Chris Labbe, Kerr Pacific & Grain Craft Milling

    Who should attend?  
    • Emerging Talent in the Grain Industry
    • Grain Department Managers
    • Those on the path to a leadership position
    • Those with a basic understanding of the grain industry looking to expand on it

    About the Host:

    INTL FCStone Financial Inc.’s FCM Division provides full-service, 24-hour futures and options brokerage, advisory, clearing and execution services on all major commodity exchanges worldwide. We add value for clients across a variety of financial markets by helping them to systematically identify and quantify exposures to commodity price risks.

    Bailey Elchinger 

    Hosted by:
    INTL FCStone Financial Inc., FCM Division.

    Sponsored by:
    CME Group


    To apply for the Grain Leaders Academy, complete the application below.

    Click Here for downloadable .pdf application