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Farm News columnist to speak at Farm News Ag Show

By Staff | Nov 24, 2017



FORT DODGE – David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments, a northwest Iowa agricultural risk management company that provides an umbrella of services which includes commodity market brokerage and commodity market advisory services, crop insurance through Agrivantage LLC, farm management services through Pro-Crop LLC and a managed bushels grain marketing program through Agri-Plus LLC is scheduled to speak at the Farm News Ag Show on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Kruse said he will present “When Persistence Pays – It’s Time to Get Stubborn.”

According to Kruse, his presentation will center around where risks lie in a farm operation and what can producers do to manage those risks.

“That is our job to help you with,” he said. “Things are moving faster so it becomes harder to keep our vehicle on track. There are enough things that you cannot plan for that, we need to plan for that too.”

This summer, according to Kruse, there was an unexplained surge in farm optimism – a sentiment that extended into harvest.

“There were large wheat, corn and soybean carryovers and farmers owned much of it,” he said. “In most instances, these were farmers without cash flow issues or willing to carry debt on what they saw as undervalued crops.”

Kruse also owns Royalty Insurance LLC, which is a property/casualty insurance company. In 2004, Kruse founded Brazil Iowa Farms, LLC, a group of nearly 320 investors that invested in Brazilian farmland and exited their investment there in 2015.

During those years, Kruse made many trips to Brazil, giving him a great deal of personal experience observing the competitive role that Brazil plays in the global market. Kruse has also traveled to Argentina, Chile and South Africa, gaining a larger perspective of global agriculture.

For more than 30 years, he has produced “The CommStock Report,” an opinionated ag commentary and market analysis available daily on many radio stations covering the greater Midwest. “The CommStock Report” has also been delivered electronically by subscription on DTN/FarmDayta and the internet since 1985 to thousands of subscribers across the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, “The CommStock Report” is a regular feature of many Midwestern newspapers.

Kruse has been actively engaged in production agriculture since 1973. He continues to manage his family’s corn/soybean farm in northwest Iowa. He has also been an outspoken proponent of ethanol and has used his market advisory service as a platform to advocate for the biofuel industry.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at major U.S. agricultural conferences.

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