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The Ag Astra Difference

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

Ag Astra understands that 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 the failure to implement best practices. For some, it’s not knowing what tools to use. Whatever it is, we bridge that disconnect and bring professional trading to agriculture. 

We recognize some want full control of their agricultural marketing while others don’t have the time to maneuver the daily complexities of the grain markets. The good news is that we have trading and risk management solutions for each.

We believe farmers should trade smarter, not harder. 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.

Our Process

Getting started is easy. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to trading smarter, not harder.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

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.

Enroll in Your Solution

The market moves fast, and it wants to pay you — but you have to let it. Enroll in the grain trading and risk management solution that’s best for you.

Go About Your Business

Once you’re enrolled, you can breathe a sigh of relief. With a CTA firm to back you up, you can focus on what you do best. We got your back.

Meet Tim, Ag Astra’s Founder

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). 

Tim and his team advise on over three million-plus bushels of grain production each year and are responsible for every aspect of Ag Astra’s operations, ensuring your success.

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“It’s nice to be able to get accurate insight on the markets every week through MarketChat. In a time where the markets are so volatile, it’s nice to have someone like Ag Astra looking out for my farm!”

R. Russell

“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

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Our Blog

Our blog covers the ag trading gamut. Read about risk management best practices, trading strategies, grain market news, crop management tips, trading trends, and more.