Blue Reef Agri-Marketing was founded with a passion for agriculture and a genuine goal of making a difference. With an industry focused on general risk management recommendations rather than strictly focused on the producer themselves, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing makes that personal, one-on-one connection with producers, focusing on each operation's specific risk management needs. As markets change, plans change - and change can be difficult for producers. Our team is dedicated to researching the market specific to your needs and adapting your marketing plan as needed.
We strive to build our team around a diverse skill-set. This way, each and every member of our team has something special to offer to your operation. We take a deep understanding of both technical and fundamental market factors and combine those factors to create your custom-tailored marketing plan.
Blue Reef Agri-Marketing offers hands-on advice to help producers thrive in today's competitive business environment. We know this business and we strive to understand the specific needs of each unique operation, large or small.
Ways We Can Help
Blue Reef Agri-Marketing provides personalized, custom-tailored marketing and risk management advice. Including, but not limited to:
- Customizing Marketing and Merchandising Recommendations
- Educating clients on all available Risk Management Tools
- Being focused on your operation and bottom line
- Generating a plan on when to sit and when to ACT
- Maximizing Marketing, Basis and Storage Opportunities
- Protecting Margins, Net Worth and Working Capital
- Offering protection from Market Volatility
Chip draws on 25 years of experience in helping farmers and agricultural producers manage risk. Holding a Series 3 Commodity Broker license for the past 22 years, Chip previously worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade helping international commercial grain firms hedge their price risk.
Chip’s experience growing up on a family farm in Bureau County, IL provides a strong foundation in understanding the challenges of today’s farming operation which continues today with his involvement in marketing decisions as a land owner himself. Chip also holds a crop insurance license in the state of Illinois.
Chip serves as a commodity analyst on U.S. Farm Report, Ag Day, RFDTV’s Market Day Report, as well as on radio with WILL, WNAX and Rural Radio Sirius 147. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University. Chip and his wife Jennifer have three sons and reside in Dunlap, IL.
Adam has extensive experience in grain merchandising, basis, carry, and spreads having worked for four years for Archer Daniels Midland Co. He previously managed a seven million bushel grain terminal in Indiana and has been a licensed Commodity Broker since 2008. Adam and Chip started Blue Reef Agri-Marketing in 2010 with a goal of making a difference in farmers lives.
Adam holds an Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He is active in the show cattle circuit, judging multiple shows each summer and winter. Adam, his wife Whitney and two daughters reside in Carlock, IL and regularly make it back to their family’s grain and livestock farms in central Illinois.
Tanner comes to Blue Reef after serving as an intern in the summer of 2016. He graduated early from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and a concentration in Commodities Marketing where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. Tanner grew up on a farm in Central Indiana with strong agricultural ties both on farm and in Washington, with his grandfather being a former deputy secretary of the USDA.
We are excited to have Tanner onboard as a member of the Blue Reef team. He strives for positive customer relations and to assist progressive farming operations looking for marketing help. His passion for the industry and drive to find solutions is a valuable asset to our company. Tanner resides in Champaign, IL with his wife.
Aaron has been a licensed Commodity Broker for over ten years. Previously working for Soy Capital Bank & Trust as a farm manager, Aaron managed over 7,000 acres in northern IL. In addition, Aaron has experience in farmland real estate and maintains his real estate license.
Aaron graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He is passionate about the markets and strives to deliver individualized market advice and service. Aaron lives in Washington, IL with his wife, Allyson, and their two children.