WPI Spotlight

Averaging nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sector

WPI's uniqueness is in its composition of people. The professional staff of WPI and affiliated consultants average nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sector. The firm joins together professionals with extensive industry background, high-level government trade policy and export program management experience, and producer-supported export market development organization experience, all in a concerted effort to provide broad-based services for our clients.

John BaizeJohn C. Baize

Mr. Baize provides WPI with international expertise in oilseeds. He has chaired and participated in conferences on oilseeds and oilseed products in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as well as in the U.S. He was actively involved on behalf of U.S. oilseed organizations and companies during negotiations on both the Uruguay Round and the NAFTA. He has been an advisor to the United Soybean Board's Marketing, Trade Analysis, and Audit and Evaluation Committee for 5 years.

Mr. Baize also serves as President of John C. Baize and Associates, an international agricultural trade and policy consulting firm specializing in the oilseeds sector.

Prior to establishing his own firm in 1989, Mr. Baize served for over 10 years as a Staff Vice President in the American Soybean Association's Washington office, where his duties included overall domestic and international policy development and implementation. Prior to joining the American Soybean Association, Mr. Baize served as a member of the staff of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where he was involved in several aspects in the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations. Mr. Baize also served for four years on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture where he was responsible for domestic livestock and grains policy, as well as international trade and export policy.

Mr. Baize has served as Chairman of the USDA/USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for trade in oilseeds and oilseed products. Raised on a Texas grain and livestock farm, Mr. Baize earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in agriculture from Colorado State University.

Mike KruegerMike Krueger

Michael Krueger is the founder and President of The Money Farm, a grain marketing advisory service located in Fargo, North Dakota that works with individual farmers, country elevators and others associated with agriculture. He is also a senior analyst for World Perspectives, a Washington, DC-based international agricultural consulting company, and has traveled extensively internationally as a speaker at various farm and grain industry meetings and seminars including the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America and Latin America.

Mr. Krueger has also worked on numerous consulting projects in the U.S. as well as overseas. He is a licensed commodity broker, clearing through ADM Investor Services. Mr. Krueger is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and began his career with Cargill, Inc., holding a number of management and merchandising positions.

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