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Dan Manternach

Dan Manternach

Dan Manternach is a seasoned Agriculture Economist currently serving as Senior Economist for Commstock Investments of Royal, IA. In that capacity he welcomes opportunities to address farm groups of all kinds via webinar or live on-stage engagements.

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Price range

  • $6,000 - $8,000
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Expert

  • Chart technical analysis
  • Crop price outlook
  • Farm income outlook
  • Farm succession planning
  • Hedging strategies
  • Livestock price outlook
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Trading strategies
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Experience

  • Agriculture
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  • About

    Dan is currently on staff as a Senior Economist with Commstock Investments of Royal, Iowa. He writes the firm’s morning report and helps keep clients informed of market developments in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle and hogs that will impact price trends. He also helps develop specific price risk management tactics and strategies as well as trading opportunities for clients.

    Dan is also Founder and President of Perfect Fit Presentations LLC, where he does customized research and speaking engagements to ag groups of all kinds, now focused specifically on commodity price risk management for hedgers and commodity trading for Commstock clients.

    Prior to forming Perfect Fit Presentations and later joining Commstock Investments as Senior Economist, Dan has been an executive with four of the leading ag consulting firms and addressed hundreds of meetings. He was named Ag Communicator of the Year by the National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA) and taught futures and options trading as Adjunct Instructor to graduate classes at the University of Northern Iowa while serving as President of Professional Farmers of America.

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Quick review of pros and cons of 12 most common leadership “styles.”

    ” Why workforce demographics impact which style works best.

    ” Types that work best when business thriving may not during tough times.

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” An objective assessment of their own leadership style at present.

    ” Knowing how to identify the best style for specific positions.

    ” Knowing which styles work best under different business conditions.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Of 3 top types; the farm pricing strategy that works best year after year.

    ” A “3-speed” approach to pricing – and knowing when to shift gears!

    ” How to use marketing tools that manage both kinds of market risk; selling “too little, too late” and “opportunity” risk of selling “too much, too soon.”

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” The likely range of avg farm prices for the major crops under 3 alternative weather scenarios for the upcoming growing season.

    ” Realistic price targets under the current outlook for weather & demand.

    ” The best ways to keep your head when others are losing theirs.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Critical differences between managing price risk in livestock vs grains

    ” Knowing when best to just accept current risk and shun hedging

    ” How to use marketing tools that manage both kinds of market risk; pricing “too little, too late” or pricing “too much, too soon.”

    ” Technical (charting) tools that work best in livestock.

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” Realistic pricing objectives for cattle, feeder cattle and hogs now, by quarter.

    ” Knowing when it’s wiser to bear open market risk than to lock in future prices.

    ” Knowing when purchase of options is less risky than hedging in futures. 

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” How COVID19 crisis altered consumer demand segmentation

    ” How COVID19 accelerating R&D of synthetic meat & dairy products

    ” Reliable ways to use USDA quarterly price forecasts to evaluate futures.

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” Realistic pricing objectives for cattle, feeder cattle and hogs now, by quarter.

    ” Knowing when it’s wiser to bear open market risk than to lock in future prices.

    ” Knowing when purchase of options is less risky than hedging in futures.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Where to find objective, real-world benchmarks for costs of production

    ” Where to find objective, real-world benchmarks for marketing skills

    ” How COVID19 crisis may impact these benchmarks in 2021-22.

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” Best sources of regional benchmarks across crops & livestock enterprises.

    ” Ways to exploit areas of competitive advantage benchmarks reveal.

    ” Ways to troubleshoot areas of competitive weakness benchmarks expose.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Geared to multi-generation family farms and other family-owned businesses.

    ” Why the “big data” technology boom will accelerate overdue succession.

    ” The risks and pitfalls of not having a succession plan in place.

    Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” Ways to reach family consensus on motives, goals and timetables.

    ” Key steps that must commence long before current “patriarch” retires.

    ” Ways to troubleshoot succession plans that stall, accelerate or “run off the rails” due to unexpected death, divorce, business or family disruption.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” Why COVID19 experience will make remote working “the new normal” for many.

    ” Costs versus Benefits from Management perspective.

    ” Costs versus Benefits from the workers’ perspectives.

    Specific Benefits Participants will take away:

    ” The 3 management styles that work best with remote workers

    ” The 3 management styles least likely to work with remote workers

    ” The 7 top fears and concerns among workers offered working from home

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Learning Objectives:

    ” The critical differences between entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

    ” The top 10 things management can do to cultivate intrapreneurship.

    ” The risks and hazards of not having a culture of intrapreneurship.

    ” Recognizing intrapreneurship that’s incompatible with company goals.

     Specific Benefits Participants Will Take Away:

    ” Self-assessment of one’s intrapreneurial instincts and potential.

    ” Knowing the top 4 traits to cultivate if you’re an aspiring intrapreneur.

    ” Identifying intrapreneurial instincts and potential in others on staff now.

    ” How COVID19 may have many top performers tempted to launch “home-based business” … and ways to accommodate if you want to keep them!

  • Review
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    “Dan is a multi-talented ag market analyst, ag risk advisor and ag communicator. Although I worked with Dan for only a short while when I was at Doane, I've known him professionally for years. Dan offers years of experience and unique insight to his role.”

    AgResource Company Dr. William T.
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    “I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making this a valuable webinar for our members. We had 108 people sign in and all but a couple stayed online to the very end. You could tell by the number and quality of questions that they were engaged!”

    Iowa Bankers Association Ann W.
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    “We asked for a motivational speech which would leave our producers feeling proud of the role they play in U.S. agriculture. You did it! The humorous, yet thought-provoking speech you gave in Minot seemed to go over very well with those in attendance.”

    North Dakota Wheat Commission Neil F.
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    “You gave an excellent overview and your remarks were timely and informative. Your presentation style was bound to hold the attention of the audience. We received many compliments on the quality and substance of the meeting.”

    North American Millers' Association Betsy F.
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    “The amount of research that Dan did to present to our group was very evident. He really does make sure that his presentations are designed specifically for your company and what you want.”

    Kova Fertilizer Mitch R.
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    “Thank you for again presenting cutting edge information for our program. I thought your Thursday morning session was one of the more important ones we've held in several years. Your presentation was on target, informative and entertaining at times, which I liked.”

    Indiana Crop Improvement Association Larry S.
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    “We SO enjoyed having Dan at our conference. He was a hit!”

    Arkansas Bankers Association Kami C.
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    “Dan was wonderful and exactly what I was wanting. The feedback was very positive. He was the only speaker that has spoken on marketing the last 10 years that actually talked about a marketing plan. Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions!”

    ICAP Crop Insurance Joanie G.
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    “Last Winter, I saw a presentation given by Dan Manternach at an event hosted by InterAg/Bayer CropScience in Regina, Saskatchewan. I was impressed by the level of excitement he brought to a topic that is not always that exciting.”

    Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists Chad B.
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    “Wow! You did a great job! I have heard nothing but positive comments about your presentation. Your humor, tips, facts, anecdotes and professional manner gave our members attending knowledge and current information that was upbeat and kept their attention from first word to the last.”

    Missouri Farm Bureau
The amount of research that Dan did to present to our group was very evident. He really does make sure that his presentations are designed specifically for your company and what you want.
Kova Fertilizer Mitch R.