Grain marketing is our passion
Cory Bratland is the youngest of 5 children who grew up on the family farm near Willow Lake, South Dakota. Cory attended school at Willow Lake High School and graduated with an A.A.S. degree in Ag Business Management at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD.
Cory began his career in the agriculture field working as a cash grain marketer and grain trader with Cargill, Inc. While working for Cargill, Inc. Cory held various merchandising jobs across South Dakota and Minnesota. In 2003, Cory got licensed as a Series 3 and 30 commodity broker.
In 2008, Cory left Cargill to be an independent commodity broker and started Prairie Ag Marketing Services. In 2009, he partnered with Al Kluis as an affiliate office and in 2010 became Kluis Commodities' Chief Grain Strategist. In addition to working with Al daily on marketing strategies, Cory also serves private clients through Kluis Publishing and Prairie Ag Marketing.
Cory lives near Willow Lake, SD with his wife Erica and 3 children, Hunter, Elliot and Isabella. He actively participates in the family farm that raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa and also runs a cow/calf operation.
In Cory’s spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and most recently has gotten involved in competition BBQ.
In 2001, Nick started working with gold and silver coins, selling bullion, and trading futures and options for retail customers. In 2005, after stepping aside as President of his company, he started All Access Financial Corporation to trade futures and options for retail customers. In 2009, Nick partnered with Gary Adkins Associates in the gold and silver rare coin business, allowing client access to futures and cash markets.
In 2014, Nick came to Kluis Publishing and Kluis Commodities to focus on the grain markets and work with the farming community. His knowledge of commodity markets and technical analysis are a great resource for investors.
Nick grew up in Clearwater, Minnesota, working on field irrigators, potato and tree farms. He graduated from Winona State University and currently lives in the Minneapolis area with his wife, Lucy, and three young boys.
Christa was born and raised in eastern Montana and moved east for college. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. After graduating Christa moved to Minneapolis and spent the next 10 years working for software companies doing IT recruiting and Human Resources.
Today, Christa stays busy raising her 2 boys and has been working for Kluis since 2010. Her responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable and company reporting, managing large customer-outreach projects, updating the Al Kluis website, managing the Lafayette Trading Academy winter class, and various office administration projects.
Diane was born into a family that farmed for many generations in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Raised in Red Wing she later moved to Minneapolis and worked as a paralegal in a law firm and subsequently in the securities department of the law division of a large bank. Diane then moved to the position of Compliance Officer for a firm that included a hedge fund, executing broker, and market maker. She has been with the Kluis team since October of 2011 and works with our customers, marketing and publishing.
Diane lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband Brad. They enjoy their children and grandchildren and, among their many hobbies, they like to drag race their 1968 Chevy Nova.
Mara was born in St. Cloud, MN and grew up in the small central Minnesota town of St. Joseph. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict. Upon her graduation, she moved to the Twin Cities where she started a career in Human Resources. Mara spent the next 10+ years in the HR field, taking some time off in between to spend with her three young daughters.
Mara and her family live in Plymouth, Minnesota where they stay busy attending their daughter’s sports games and spending time with friends. Starting with Kluis in October of 2012, Mara’s role includes working closely with the seed companies and district sales managers, working with our subscribers and customer service, and additional office related projects.