Become a smarter marketer with KluisU

Become a Kluis U student and attend school in your farm office, or anywhere with your mobile device.

Kluis Grain Trading Academy coming January 2019.

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How to read the markets

You will learn the basics of marketing, and how to interpret the elements that affect grain prices every day--and night. You will start to learn about putting those elements together to make a marketing plan and be a strategic farm marketer.

How to make a solid plan

You will learn how to use more tools that let you harness your marketing plan and make it work, and learn good practices that can help you survive tough years, and shine in good years.

How to use the markets to make your plan work

You will learn how to use your farm risk management skills as a part of your normal farm routine. You will learn to use advanced tools that let you profit from opportunities in the grain markets, while still managing your exposure to risk.

Our Classes

Your farm... your school... your schedule!

Years One, Two, and Three each include 12 sessions you 'attend' at your own pace. Each session has a quiz to complete.

You are also encouraged to call our student hotline with your questions as you work through the classes: 888-345-2855. If you have questions, we want to know. Our team of grain traders will work with you to help you understand.

We have designed Kluis U so that we can update each session as the markets evolve. After 40 years in the business, we know one thing: The markets keep changing, and we all have to keep up. As a result, we have decided that our alumni can return to each session more than once. We will notify alumni when we have made significant changes to any session they have viewed--or added a new session--so they can review the updated or new material at their convenience.

Year One The basics of marketing

Topics covered in Year One:

  • Futures
  • Intro to grain merchandising
  • Crop insurance
  • Grain fundamentals
  • Intro to options (part A)
  • Intro to options (part B)
  • Outside markets
  • Risk, margins, and leverage
  • Big traders
  • Your marketing plan
  • Opening a futures account
  • Strategic thinking

Year Two Becoming a stronger marketer

Topics covered in Year Two:

  • Introduction to Charting
  • Trading your futures account
  • The basics of farm financial risk management
  • Intermediate options (Part A)
  • Commodity spreads
  • Intermediate grain merchandising decisions
  • Commitments of Traders report
  • Financial ratios to know
  • Intermediate options (Part B)
  • Placing orders, managing risk & margin calls
  • Livestock hedging
  • Intermediate charting

Year Three Becoming a trader and active marketer

Topics covered in Year Three:

  • Advanced Grain Merchandising Decisions
  • Creating a Master Marketing Plan & Crop Insurance
  • Advanced Options (Part A)
  • Futures exchanges
  • Interest Rate Hedging
  • Advanced charting
  • Live charts with ProphetX
  • How an elevator operates
  • Advanced Options (Part B)
  • Financial management tools
  • Understanding Grain Contracts or Marketing Contracts
  • Case Studies


No problem. If you wrap up Year One and are ready to move up to Year Two, go right ahead.

At the end of Year Three, you will be ready to build and manage your own marketing plan, interpret market actions, create and read charts, and execute your own trades. Most important: You will be a smart marketer, able to keep your farm in the game, whether markets are up or down.

Additional Benefits


You can continue to use your student ID and password on your primary computer to review your registered sessions for three years from your most recent enrolment.

Your Instructor

Al Kluis, who has been trading grain and advising farmers for 40 years.
Learn more about Al at Al and his team have built a three-year curriculum that will teach you to market grain like a pro--and like a farmer who will be in business for a lifetime.

Contact Us

Kluis U student center: 888-345-2855