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Dr. Larry Shonkwiler

Senior Agricultural Economist
Advance Trading Inc

Larry Shonkwiler is a Senior Agricultural Economist for Advance Trading, Inc. He was reared on a grain and livestock farm near Monticello, Illinois, in the heart of the U.S. corn and soybean production. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Industries and a Master's of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University. He is responsible for assessing developments in both the domestic and overseas markets for coarse grains and oilseeds and their implications on corn and soybean merchandising opportunities for mid-western grain storage and handling facilities. He began his career in the Corporate Planning Department of an international grain exporting firm, followed by numerous short-term assignments in Central and South America. He also spent two years in Europe as Assistant Planning Manager of the organization's Western European Grain Division. There he completed acquisition assignments for three grain import/export facilities and developed the economic justification for the construction of an inland rail-loading facility in the south of France. He has also conducted a variety of grain-related projects for clients, ranging from evaluating the economic feasibility of grain storage construction and other capital expenditure programs to facility appraisals for both agricultural lending institutions and prospective buyers. He has completed over 300 grain elevator appraisals. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank on projects in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. His background also includes several years as a Business Analyst for a U.S. regional grain and supply cooperative.

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