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Farm Merchandising

You don’t just farm, you manage a large business, plant thousands of acres, harvest high volumes, utilize substantial storage facilities and operate on thin margins and tight deadlines; all while being responsible for timely and accurate decisions across every area of your farm. At Lighthouse our professional merchandising service is designed with those demands in mind.

Successful marketing means doing three things really well: 

1. Knowing cost of production and profitability goals.

2. Establishing a marketing plan and executing hedges to protect those goals.

3. Merchandising cash grain correctly to maximize carry and access best cash markets.

 The Lighthouse Process:



  • Lighthouse works with you to determine cost of production numbers for your farm: 

    • ​Don't have time for gathering numbers?  Our Farm Accounting service can help. 

  • We input your cost of production numbers and all trades into our risk management software:

    •  All hedge positions, cash contracts, contract balances, scale tickets and settlements are viewable on our app.

  • You have a real-time view of positions, hedge coverages and farm profitability online and on our app.


  • Your marketing plan is built on profitability and probability, not outguessing prices.   

    • Our analytics department, Lighthouse Labs focuses on how probable certain price levels are for a given time period. 

    • We combine those expectations with your profitability goals to build, update and execute your marketing plan.

  • Futures and options trades are done directly with us; our farm merchandisers are also introducing brokers through Lighthouse Hedging.

  • You can also hedge with cash contracts through Lighthouse including Hedged-To-Arrive cash contracts and Accumulators while retaining the ability to market cash grain whenever and wherever.

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Professional Merchandising

  • Lastly, we professionally merchandise your cash grain to capture maximum basis and carry.  Done correctly, this can mean substantial additional value regardless of underlying futures prices.  

  • We have trading relationships with a vast network of commercial and noncommercial grain destinations allowing us to access best cash markets for your grain. 

  • Lighthouse Logistics helps you efficiently ship grain to your best market regardless of how far away.