About Us

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About Standard Grain

We’re a growing commodity brokerage and consulting firm, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Our goal is to provide agricultural operations with the best market information and decision making tools available. Risk is our focus. We help grain and livestock operations manage risk and trade the futures markets in the most efficient and effective way. We work with every customer on a personal level. No two farms have the same operating margins, no two feedlots have the same needs; we operate our business knowing that what’s best for one customer might not be best for the next.

Our offices are in Chicago, the world’s marketplace for agriculture commodities. We spend much of our time, however, travelling the country and meeting our customers. Seminars, meetings, tradeshows, speaking engagements; this is how we stay in tune with the agricultural community in the United States.

Joe Vaclavik, President

Joe Vaclavik is the founder and president of Standard Grain, Inc. He spends much of his time on the road, travelling to farms, feedlots and grain elevators for meetings and speaking engagements. Joe provides market commentary for news outlets including: CNBC, Fox Business The Wall Street Journal, US Farm Report, Ag Day, Reuters, Dow Jones, RuralRadio80 (SiriusXM), Bloomberg, Sky News (Australia), KFRM (Kansas), WILL (Illinois), Linder Farm Network (Minnesota) and many more.  Mr. Vaclavik is a graduate of the University of Illinois.






Tres Knippa, Livestock Execution

Mr. Knippa has been a floor trader in the Live Cattle pit since 1996 after moving to Chicago from Texas.  Tres also has extensive experience in the cash cattle business after owning a feedlot in the Texas panhandle.  Tres is a regular contributor on all the major financial news networks including CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg.  Tres is a graduate of Baylor University and has completed graduate programs at TCU (Ranch Management) and MIT in Boston.





Our Clearing Firm

Standard Grain is a registered introducing broker, guaranteed by Straits Financial, LLC. Straits provides its brokers and customers with excellent service and also provides complete transparency in regards to customer segregated funds. www.straitsfinancial.com

Straits Financial Group is the brokerage division of CWT Limited, one of the world’s largest logistics companies and the largest publicly traded one in South-East Asia. CWT has offices and warehouses worldwide, employs 5,000+, and provides customer connections to 120 ports and 1,200 destinations around the globe. www.cwtlimited.com