Mr. Basse is an esteemed economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr. Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 and has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr. Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community. Mr. Basse is a member of Farm Foundation and the Commodity Market Council.
Since starting AgResource, the firm has grown to span the world. Research is sold around the globe in 81 nations to farmers, elevators, soy and corn processors, wheat millers, food companies, trading companies, importers, exporters meat packers and more.
William I. Tierney, Jr. PhD
Dr. Tierney has been Chief Economist for AgResource Company since joining the firm in October 2011. He has over 32 years of experience working as a leading agricultural economist, primarily as a global crop market analyst. Positions that Bill has held include:
- USDA’s Principal Grains Economist. In that capacity, Bill was in charge of the USDA’s monthly supply/demand projections and price forecasts for wheat and feed grains.
- Professor in the Department of Ag Economics at Kansas State University.
- Exec VP for Research at a boutique commodity brokerage firm that serving mostly US ethanol plants;
- Head of North American Research for LMC International (an Oxford-based consulting firm);
- Senior Agricultural Analyst for Black River Asset Management – – a commodity hedge fund operated by Cargill.
- General Manager of Doane Advisory Services.
- Senior agricultural advisor in Iraq while working for the US government.
As an independent analyst and consultant for the last 15 years based in Geneva Switzerland, Noel has been publishing the daily Fryers’ Reports providing insight and analysis of the world’s grain and oilseed markets to clients ranging from small farmers to major multinationals and hedge funds spread across the 5 continents.
He majored in Physics, Geophysics and Mathematics at the Imperial College London University, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science. He began his professional life in petroleum exploration in the oil fields of West Africa before moving into the grain business, where his career in international trading of cash, futures and options spanned over 20 years, most of which were spent with Louis Dreyfus.
Scott A. Yuknis is the owner and founder of Climate Impact Company, Inc. located in the heart of cranberry country in southeast Massachusetts. CIC, inc. provides weather and climate forecasts to traders, analysts and risk managers in the energy and agriculture industries.
CIC, Inc. began operations in 2004. Since that time Scott has published over 20,000 forecast documents to password protected web site generating between 1 and 2 million hits.
CIC, Inc. specializes in the prediction of interaction between the tropics and polar region which lead to the most dramatic storms and thermal extremes. Special focus is on interaction between seasonal and short-term convection patterns in the tropics which determine tropical cyclone activity, strength and tracks.
While most meteorologists base their seasonal forecasts mainly on traditional El Nino-Southern Oscillation signals, the process of seasonal climate forecasting is ever evolving at CIC, Inc. Most recently, CIC, Inc. has been incorporating the influence of the increasingly warm Atlantic as a factor to aid in drought assessment. This couple with soil moisture regimes and winter snow cover has been shown to dramatically improve seasonal forecasts.
Clientele include major financial institutions, large energy companies and a presence in agribusiness.
Scott is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the Naval Weather Service Association. He received his undergraduate education at in meteorology at University of Massachusetts at Lowell and also in meteorology and oceanography with the U.S. Navy Oceanography Command.
As most folks living in New England Scott and his wife Shelly are avid hikers of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and beach goers on Cape Cod.
Ben has been with AgResource since 2008, specializing in grains market research, and has been in commodity markets analysis since 2005. Ben began his career with the Research department at the Iowa Grain Company in 2007.
Ben hails from Nashville, TN, and graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, with a degree in economics.