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Larry Shonkwiler

Senior Agricultural Economist
Advance Trading, Inc.

Larry Shonkwiler is a Senior Agricultural Economist for Advance Trading, Inc. He is responsible for assessing developments in both the domestic and overseas markets for coarse grains and oilseeds and the effect on corn and soybean merchandising opportunities for Midwestern grain storage and handling facilities. He has also conducted a variety of grain-related projects for clients, ranging from evaluating the economic feasibility of grain 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 including work in Australia. He has been a consultant to the World Bank for projects in Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. Larry began his career in the grain industry in 1972 with the Corporate Planning Department of a major U.S. grain exporting firm. His initial responsibilities included developing and implementation of the firm's first strategic planning guide and the evaluation of a wide range of diversification opportunities. He gained valuable international experience from various short-term assignments in Central and Latin America as well as the Caribbean. He later 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. Larry earned a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Industries and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois along with a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

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