Several Fort Hays State University agriculture students are taking a field trip to the Kansas City Board of Trade in Kansas City from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21. Dr. Andrew Novotorov (pronounced nova-TORE-ov), assistant professor of agribusiness, will accompany the 18 participants.
The group is visiting the Kansas City Board of Trade "to see how trading actually takes place with the actions and the environment," said Novotorov.
"The tour of the Kansas City Board of Trade will illustrate the trade process to the students," said Novotorov. "They trade many things -- wheat, sunflower, milo, barley."
The Kansas City Board of Trade's core business is cash grain trading, but the exchange is also used by grain elevators, exporters, millers and producers to protect their cash positions by buying or selling futures and options. Stock market investors also use KCBT products.
"The students will also learn about how to protect farmers and producers from fluctuation of prices," said Novotorov.
Students who are participating are listed by hometown and classification.
BELOIT: Molly Fletchall, senior.
CLAYTON: Nick Wahlmeier, junior.
EUREKA: Grant Davidson, senior.
FULLERTON, Calif: Chris Jones, senior.
GARDEN CITY: Marci Stone, senior.
GAYLORD: Andrea Wilson, senior.
HAYS: Jodi Wolfe, senior; Nathan Legleiter, senior.
HOLLY: Lyndon Wagner, senior.
HOXIE: Brett Oelke, freshman.
JETMORE: Brian Younker, junior.
LAKIN: Travis Austin, senior.
MADISON: Adam Frisch, senior.
OBERLIN: Ryan Ruf, senior.
PRATT: Christian Westerhaus, senior.
SPEARVILLE: Drew Hubbell, junior.
TEKAMAH: Gabriel Bromm, senior.
WEST POINT, Neb: Blake Denton, senior.