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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?

Al Kluis and his team have developed a one-of-a-kind Grain Marketing Academy. We held the first Lafayette Trading Academy class in 2012.  We have really enjoyed watching our students succeed.  

For most farms, profits over the last three years were largely determined by how well you managed your marketing. Grain marketing has changed, so how you market needs to change too. Today’s markets have new hours, new tools, new fundamentals, and new patterns. How can you make the right decisions and have the confidence to pull the trigger at the right time?  By learning more you can earn more.  That is why we started the Lafayette Trading Academy. Most farmers spend time learning all they can about how to produce a larger crop. We want to help you harvest more dollars per acre.

We designed the Lafayette Trading Academy for farmers, ag lenders and other participants who need to further their understanding of grain marketing concepts. We recommend most students start with our Introductory course (call and we can discuss your level).  Introductory Marketing is designed to teach basic trading and risk management concepts. We also offer an Intermediate and Advanced Marketing course.

How does it work?

The course requires two weekend sessions on-site in Minneapolis and six week-night online webinar sessions.  Webinar sessions will be archived for registered students who are unable to attend the live webinar.

Cory Bratland
The Instructors

Cory Bratland

Cory Bratland is the youngest of 5 children who grew up on the family farm near Willow Lake, South Dakota. Cory attended school at Willow Lake High School and graduated with an A.A.S. degree in Ag Business Management at Lake Area…

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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…

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“The Lafayette Trading Academy helped me to understand the scope and scale of all the influences that drive the markets as well as helping me learn the basic tools I can use to capitalize on the markets.  Instead of feeling like an outside spectator, I feel like an active participant in the markets.  Because I better understand the markets, I make better decisions and am more comfortable acting on information.

I really like the fact that Al has put together a team of professionals that include people like Cory Bratland, Corey Redfield, and others.  It’s not until…

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Ed Miller
Rochester, MN