The Ag Astra Difference

Ag Astra, a registered Commodities Trading Advisory firm (CTA), is on a mission to help farmers and investors like you become self-directed grain marketers.

Ag Astra understands there’s a massive disconnect between the trading world and the farming world. Sometimes, it’s due to a lack of understanding of trading as a whole. Other times, it’s not knowing what tools to use or the failure to implement best practices. Whatever issues you face, we help bridge that disconnect and bring professional marketing to agriculture.

We recognize some farmers want full control of their agricultural marketing while others don’t have the time to maneuver the daily complexities of the grain markets. Good news is we have tools to help market your grain.

We believe farmers should be able to market confidently through our algorithmic system. It is our goal to work every bit as hard as you work, every single day. We’re here to help you so you can focus on what’s important.

Working with Ag Astra will empower farmers to market grain more confidently and efficiently.

Our Process

Getting started is easy. Contact us to see if we are a fit for you. Check out our YouTube page under Ag Astra LLC for past videos.  Like our Facebook, Tik Tok, Instagram, and twitter pages.  

Schedule Your Call

Whether or not you have experience with commodities trading or hedging strategies, we’re happy to help you choose the right solution for your needs.

Go About Your Business

Once you’re enrolled in the process, you can breathe a sigh of relief. With our support, you can focus on what you do best. We got your back.

Meet the Team!

Tim Barker, Ag Astra’s Founder, is a sixth-generation farmer, father of five active boys, and husband to his high school sweetheart, Kelli. Tim is a licensed Series 3 Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA) and a member of the Kansas Bar Association and National Futures Association (NFA). 

Jeff Malone is a K-State grad with a degree in AgriBusiness, 12 years of experience in the grain elevator industry, and insurance experience in Farm and Crop insurance. He is a licensed Series 3 Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA) and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA). Jeff and his wife, Arica, have two boys who are carrying on the K-State tradition.

Phil Hellman is a K-State grad with an Accounting and Finance degree. Phil joined Ag Astra after farming for 15 years. Phil is married to his wife, Katy, and father to three boys.

Andrea Hoelting is Ag Astra’s HR Director and Business Coordinator. Andrea has five years of previous experience with FSA and had been in a Human Resources position since moving to Pratt. She is married to her husband, Brent, and has three fun-loving children. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys making memories with friends and family and attending local high school activities.


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“With so many hats to wear in farming, I use many tools to help make decisions. Ag Astra has been a tool to my operations that I really appreciate. Tim’s understanding of the markets and charts gives me confidence in marketing decisions.”

M. Fincham

“Farming has become so specialized and if you market your own grain, Ag Astra is a perfect fit to any operation. Tim’s attention to the markets and willingness to share knowledge has given me a better understanding and outlook on how I market. I am a do-it-yourselfer and really appreciate…

S. Bristol


This is not a solicitation of investment. Investors are by invitation only. Trading security futures contracts may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time. The amount you may lose is potentially unlimited and can exceed the amount you originally deposit with your broker. This is because futures trading is highly leveraged, with a relatively small amount of money used to establish a position in assets having a much greater value. If you are uncomfortable with this level of risk, you should not trade security futures contracts.