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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 marketing 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. Good news is we have tools to help market your grain.

We believe farmers should market 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.

Twenty minutes a week through our market chat to help simplify the market and help you market your grain effectively.

Our Process

Getting started is easy. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to marketing your grain 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 Market Chat

Twenty minutes a week to help you make better decisions in your grain marketing.

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 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 married to his wife Arica and together they have two boys.  Jeff a K-State grad with a degree in AgriBusiness, 12 years in the 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).

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


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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

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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.