26 December 2017

HighGround Dairy is pleased to announce that Austin Benthem will be joining our team, effective 2nd January 2018, as Vice President. Austin brings a wealth of dairy industry experience to HighGround, originating in Michigan growing up and working on his family’s 2,500 cow dairy farm. During his professional career, Austin has built a solid reputation through his tenure at California Dairies Incorporated, Michigan Milk Producers Association and most recently, Hoogwegt US.

As HighGround’s Vice President, Austin will lead efforts to drive growth among their three business segments; futures & options brokerage execution, market intelligence and hedge consulting while bolstering the dedicated service and expertise HighGround provides to a worldwide client base.

Benthem commented, “This is an exciting time to join HighGround Dairy. The global dairy market is growing swiftly in both size and complexity, creating new challenges for the entire industry. HighGround has been at the forefront of price risk management, execution innovation and market intelligence, assisting their clients to address rapidly evolving fundamentals. I look forward to joining the team and creating additional solutions to meet the needs of our changing market.”

Eric Meyer, president of HighGround Dairy remarked, “The team and I are thrilled to welcome Austin into the HighGround family, building upon our mission to provide clients around the globe with superior service, information, opinion & advice through our derivatives execution desk, market intelligence packages and hedge consulting. HighGround’s value-add to the dairy market has been our team’s past industry experience and Austin strengthens that attribute. His background on-farm in Michigan, at Western and Midwestern cooperatives as well as his physical product trading experience is a rare find. We are excited to have Austin share his knowledge with our clients, making us the industry’s “go-to” firm for dairy market participants.”

Austin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Chemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has also earned a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

For additional information or further inquiry, please contact Eric Meyer or Alyssa Badger at +1 312 604 3080 or email info@highgrounddairy.com.

About HighGround Dairy
HighGround Dairy launched in 2012 by industry veteran, Eric Meyer. Affiliated with HighGround Trading LLC, HighGround Dairy services all those interested in trading dairy futures and options markets on the CME, NZX and EEX exchanges. Through the brokerage division and its related consulting company, HighGround Advisory Group, it specializes in dairy hedging, risk management and market analysis services for farmers & cooperatives, processors, manufacturers, distributors, traders and end-users.

HighGround Dairy is a division of HighGround Trading LLC (“HGT”). HGT is a registered Introducing Broker (IB) with the CFTC and Member of the National Futures Association. Futures trading are not suitable for all investors, and each involves the risk of loss.

HighGround Dairy
209 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 701, Chicago, IL 60606 USA
Office:  +1 312 604 3080

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