Risk management and all that it entails for agribusiness firms is Lauren’s main focus. In her position at TRU Trading she focuses on individual client hedge strategies that include futures, options, OTC contracts, cash sales, calendar spreads, and crop insurance. Working to understand total financial risk and best utilize the tools that are available to work with, in a way that benefits each client’s unique situation, is her chief goal. Before working as a risk management consultant, she worked as a grain marketing specialist for a large commercial grain company. Her primary interests include the grain and cattle business, markets, economics and trading.
By far Lauren’s best experience in the agriculture industry has been working alongside her husband in his growing farming operation. Forage production is the main objective for the couple: growing corn, wheat, and sorghum silage for silage and hay production. Along with their own farms they manage a custom baling and a custom farming business. This experience in production agriculture has helped Lauren gain a deeper understanding of the daily decisions farmers and ranchers make and has added value for her clients. Together they also raise their two daughters: Sadie and Mindi.
Lauren graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2013 with a Master’s degree in Agribusiness, on the heels of having graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in Food Marketing and Certifications in both Meat Science and International Trade and Agriculture. In addition, Lauren has participated in international agribusiness conferences and tours in China, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.