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Plan now for Winter 2018!

It's not too early to plan your winter 2018 marketing education! The dates have been set for the original small-group LTA Year I, II, and III courses at the Lafayette Club in Wayzata.

Opening weekend is January 13, 2018!  Call us now for more information or to register! …

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Why Lafayette Trading Academy?

Farm markets are more volatile than ever the last two years. In 2012 it was especially challenging, as the worst drought in 50 years dropped corn and soybean yields sharply lower, and prices rallied to all-time highs. In 2013 weather was still a challenge, however farmers harvested a huge corn crop and futures dropped back to the lowest price since 2010. For most farms, your profits over the last two years were largely determined by how well you managed your marketing. Now more than ever, with less government support payments, your farm’s success--even survival--depends on your ability to use basic and advanced marketing tools.

But the markets have changed as much as farming has. Today’s markets have new hours, new tools, new fundamentals, and new patterns. How can you get caught up, while still running your farm?

We designed the Lafayette Trading Academy for farmers like you. We recommend most farmers start with our Introductory course (call and we can discuss your level).  We also offer an Intermediate and Advanced Marketing course.

How does it work?

The Lafayette Trading Academy is a winter marketing school for farmers. Each course requires two weekend sessions on-site here in Minneapolis and seven week-night online webinar sessions. Yes, there is homework, there are quizzes, and there is a class photo! But we’re in this with you. We encourage students to enroll with their farm partner, whether spouse, in-law, or parent. We want you to be a better, more successful farm marketer. That’s the final ‘grade’, after all!

Corey Redfield
The Instructors

Corey Redfield

Corey Redfield recently retired as a hedge fund manager for Telluride Asset Management in Wayzata, Minn. He currently teaches finance courses to undergraduate students at Vanderbilt and to MBA students at the Carlson School of…

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The Courses

Introductory Marketing

The Introductory Marketing course is designed to teach basic trading and risk management…

Intermediate Marketing

The Intermediate Marketing course is designed to teach you important trading concepts and…

Advanced Marketing

The Advanced Marketing course is designed to teach you how to use charting and options to…

Complete Course Descriptions...

“My Husband Tom and I felt the Lafayette Trading Academy was most beneficial to our farming operation.  It had been obvious to me for the past several years that marketing our crops was just as important as growing our crops.  It was for this reason I wanted to increase my knowledge of the grain markets.

“I have always been interested in the commodity markets and learning more about how and what outside factors, such as large fund investors, affect the markets was a real eye opener.  Before the class I would watch big market movements and be perplexed because there…


Cynthia Monnin
Sioux Falls, SD