UNL Students Will Soon Get an Ag Commodities Trading Room

They will receive real-time commodity marketing experiences and training in markets and merchandising.

Published on: Nov 7, 2013

Students who want agricultural commodities trading experience will soon get the real-time and hands-on training they need at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Agricultural Economics Commodities Trading Room.

Gifts so far of $682,500 made to the University of Nebraska Foundation support a current fundraising drive to create state-of-the-art commodities trading room within the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics. Located in Filley Hall on East Campus, the facility will be designed to give students real-time commodity marketing experience and advanced training in markets, merchandising, futures and options.

With the education of future generations of agricultural economists and business professionals in mind, the university's corporate partners have been especially helpful in funding the new facility. The following organizations have provided support:

TRADING ROOM: Fabio Mattos, left, assistant professor of agricultural economics at UNL, and Lee Sabata, a senior agricultural economics major from David City, work in a computer lab in Filley Hall that will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art ag commodities trading room, designed to provide real-time marketing experience and advanced training in markets, merchandising, futures and options. Sabata is seeking a career in commodity trading and grain merchandising. Photo by UNL
TRADING ROOM: Fabio Mattos, left, assistant professor of agricultural economics at UNL, and Lee Sabata, a senior agricultural economics major from David City, work in a computer lab in Filley Hall that will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art ag commodities trading room, designed to provide real-time marketing experience and advanced training in markets, merchandising, futures and options. Sabata is seeking a career in commodity trading and grain merchandising. Photo by UNL
  • CHS Foundation, the charitable arm of CHS, a global energy, grains and foods system company, donated $150,000.
  • CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving industries across rural America, donated $150,000.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a world-leading agricultural processor, donated $100,000.
  • Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, donated $100,000.
  • Nebraska Soybean Board funded $70,000.
  • Nebraska Corn Board funded $50,000.
  • The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of The Andersons, a diversified agribusiness and logistics firm, donated $30,000.
  • The Scoular Foundation, charitable arm of The Scoular Company, an agricultural marketing company located across North America, donated $30,000.
  • Nebraska Wheat Board funded $2,500.