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The grain adn oilseed futures markets includes: corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and oats. The major exchange where they trade is the Chicago Board of Trade. The commodity markets provide a global benchmark for pricing, help manage volatility, and allow producers to manage risk.

The grains are the bellwethers of the foods and are the staples of the simplest of diets.  Grains provide food, feed, and even fuel. There are many factors that affect the price of grains including: temperature, precipitation, changing customer needs, substitute products and new market participants. Futures contracts on the regulated commodity exchanges are a way to get positioned to trade grains.



Agriculture is the world's largest industry. On a global basis, more people are involved with farming than all other occupations combined. In the United Sates the agriculture industry is very efficient. Only a couple million people are actively involved in production agriculture; however, according to some estimates, one out of every six jobs in the U.S. is tied to the agriculture industry.

The grain markets are not just for farmers. Click here to contact a licensed commodity broker to discuss market opportunities trading grain futures and options contracts.