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.
Mr. Yuknis is the creator and founder of Climate Impact Company in 2004 providing intra-seasonal and seasonal climate forecasts for all sectors of the globe for both the energy industry and agribusiness.
Mr. Yuknis love of climate science began while working as an aviation briefer and ocean specialist for the U.S. Naval Oceanography Command in the early 1980’s while based in Hawaii an ideal location to experience the strongest El Nino on record at that time. During the following 10 years the scientific community constructed dynamic models to more effectively predict El Nino and introduced the NOAA long-lead forecast in 1995. While working for a major U.S. private weather consulting firm Mr. Yuknis was one of the original private sector meteorologists to value add the NOAA long-lead probabilistic forecast for use in the energy industry for prominent companies such as Southern Company and Tennessee Valley Authority. Mr. Yuknis went on to provide operational climate forecasts to countless energy companies and affiliates in the following 10 years including frequent speaking engagements to explain his forecast methodologies and present climate outlooks.
After founding his own company in 2004 Mr. Yuknis expanded his climate forecast business to investment banks and agribusiness while maintaining an influence within the energy sector.
He majored in meteorology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Mr. Yuknis and his wife Shelly and their two springer spaniels live in the birthplace of America, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Dr. Olivia Kellner
Dr. Olivia Kellner graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Operational Meteorology and Climatology, and from Purdue University in 2011 with a M.S. in Atmospheric Science. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University in 2015 working under Indiana State Climatologist, Dr. Dev Niyogi. Dr. Kellner’s research areas include applied climatology and agriculture, land-surface interactions, teleconnections and seasonal forecasting applications, mesoscale meteorology, weather and climate applications with GIS, and climate science education. She has previously worked as an Intern Meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service, and is an active professional climatologist in the Midwest United States and with Climate Impact Company.
Nathan grew up on a family hog and grain farm in North Central Illinois. After college, he spent several years working on the family’s farrow to finish hog operation before joining AgResource Company in 2005.
Nathan is a graduate from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business and a master’s degree in economics.