Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Grains, Oilseeds and Ethanol

The Grains, Oilseeds and Ethanol Center of Excellence provides a strategic overview of the major U.S. row crops -- corn, wheat and soybeans -- and the related biofuels industries.  The group analyzes key developments within the sector related to production, transportation, policy, infrastructure and trade.

Center of Excellence Members
Troy Collins, VP/Senior Relationship Manager and Center of Excellence Chair
Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange (Ex Officio)
Zack Carpenter, Sector Vice President
Kent Erhardt, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Wes Griggs, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Mike Minnihan, Associate Relationship Manager
Tom O'Grady, Credit Supervisor
Al Schuler, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Michael Walton, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Gary Weidenborner, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Holly Womack, VP/Lead Relationship Manager 
Tanner Ehmke, Senior Economist, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Grains, Oilseeds and Ethanol Research Reports
Organic and Non-GMO Specialty Grains: Assessing the Impact and Opportunity for Growers
Grain Storage and Transportation Logistics in 2016-17
What’s Ahead for the Grain Markets and Farm Supply in 2017-19
Elevators Look to Feed Wheat to Lighten Load
Ag Retailers – Cyclical Challenges Ahead
Grain Elevators Braced for a Challenging 2016
Will Low Prices Cure Low Prices? Not this Time
Ethanol Industry Rebalances
U.S. Corn Exports Await Rebound
Railroad Transportation Congestion and Outlook
Shuttle Loaders Approaching the Saturation Point
The Future of Brazilian Grain Production
Chasing Slower Growth in Soybean Trade
Ethanol's New Path Forward
Volatility to Subside as Crop Supplies Reboot: 2014-16 Outlook
More Soybeans in 2014?
South America's Time to Shine
Delta Acreage: Cotton and Rice Give Ground to Corn and Soybeans
Change on the Rural Horizon: Managing the Expansion of Grain Storage in the Corn Belt

If you would like to obtain a copy of any one of KED's research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at

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