Gavilon launches 2018 Producers' Edge Program

by Holly Demaree
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OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Gavilon Grain, LLC launched its 2018 Producers’ Edge Program, Gavilon’s proprietary grain marketing solution for farmers and producers, with a newly expanded team of analysts. Producers’ Edge is an ag risk management program that helps producers reduce the worry in grain marketing by moving the complexity of marketing and price movement to the company’s analysts.

Handling more than 350 million bushels of grain per year, Gavilon leverages its in-depth knowledge and experience in developing this program to help farmers diversify risk. The Producers’ Edge program is backed by Gavilon’s local representatives, experienced market analysts and operations team to provide support and information.

Additionally, Producers’ Edge program customers have access to the web app, myGavilon, which provides transparency in performance and pricing. The app allows users to review Gavilon’s past performance before getting started, and monitor current performance and pricing in the myGavilon app.

Gavilon has expanded its team of analysts to include Edward Prosser of Gavilon and Jody Lawrence of Strategic Trading Advisors. The company said its team of experienced analysts will utilize their experience and knowledge, both fundamentally and technically, to price 100% of the bushels enrolled in the program by the end of the pricing period. 

Edward Prosser Gavilon chief trade and risk officer
Edward Prosser
Prosser, chief trade and risk officer at The Gavilon Group, LLC, is responsible for directing the company’s proprietary agricultural trading activity on exchanges around the world and helping customers develop risk management programs.

Prosser’s agricultural experience includes a 25-year career at ConAgra Foods, Inc. At ConAgra Trade Group (CTG), he was instrumental in developing and managing complex risk strategies for a number of agricultural portfolios, including the Agricultural Risk Strategies group, Livestock Central Hedge Desk and Animal By-Products Desk. Prior to CTG, Prosser was general manager at ConAgra Beef Company, where he directed beef and cattle risk management.

Jody Lawrence strategic trading advisor
Jody Lawrence
Lawrence is a 25-year veteran in the commodity business having worked behind a trading desk, worked on the cash marketing side and then combined both along with a daily market comment when he started his business.  According to Gavilon, the newsletter currently has over 5,500 subscribers in 33 states and tries to combine brevity with current market information to allow the producer more insight and confidence in their marketing program.

In July 2013, Gavilon was sold to Marubeni for $2.7 billion. Prior to that, Gavilon was a privately-held company. It was established in 2008 with the sale by ConAgra Foods Inc. of its Trading and Merchandising business to Ospraie Management LLC Special Opportunities Fund in a $2.1 billion transaction. With the sale, the business was renamed Gavilon LLC.

According to the 2017 Grain and Milling Annual, Gavilon is the second largest grain storage company in the United States. It currently has 137 grain storage facilities, has grain storage capacity of 353.654 million bushels, 3 port facilities, 11 river facilities, 40 subterminal facilities, 10 terminal facilities and 73 country elevators.
 
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