Risk Mitigation

If it is determined that the amount of risk being taken by a firm needs to be altered, it is extremely important for the management team to be disciplined in the execution of risk mitigation. Not all risk mitigation is created equally, and there is not a one size fits all approach. Instead, our team will work with each company to determine the best methods for reconstructing the size of their risk. We have a strategic relationship with industry-leading firms, who specialize in executing futures and/or options strategies with technological expertise rarely found in the agriculture sector.


Livestock Risk Protection (LRP)

Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) is price insurance for livestock. Producers may choose from a variety of coverage levels and insurance periods that correspond with the projected marketing date of their livestock. The coverage is a price floor that limits loss to the protection level selected by the producer, who in turn pays a premium for that protection after the coverage period ends. It does not limit any gains or upward price movement in the market.

We offer this as another risk management tool in our “toolbox” because of these advantages for producers:

  • No margin money required; it is an insurance product not a market product
  • Premium is not due until AFTER the coverage period ends
  • Up to 12,000 head of Feeder Cattle may be insured per crop year
  • Up to 12,000 head of Fed Cattle may be insured per crop year
  • Feeder Cattle insurance averages $15/head cheaper than a bought put (futures market price floor)
  • Fed Cattle insurance averages $18/head cheaper than a bought put
  • Coverage is placed per head of livestock, so cattle owners can protect their exact inventory

As a risk management office focused on the cattle industry, one of the most critical reasons we offer this is because it is a risk management tool for cattle. Cattle risk management is our expertise!  Our initial research into this price insurance product and its use revealed very few risk managers or insurance agents with practical experience using LRP.  Furthermore, LRP has a history of being disregarded and unused by the industry. Significant changes were made to the LRP program that now created critical advantages for the producer.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Compass Ag Insurance LLC is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in oradministering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color,national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status,family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civilrights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). The information contained in this brochure is for general information only and shall not represent nor modify the terms of any insurance policy.


Brokerage

Compass Hedging (US and Canadian Producers)

Compass Hedging is an introducing brokerage firm offering traditional risk management for agricultural producers through commodity hedging, but with a customized, personal approach. Our company is driven by our values and the relationships we have and continue to build with our clients. We clear all our trades through R.J. O’Brien. Our allied company, Compass Ag Solutions, provides expanded consulting, risk management and analysis services.

Licensed Brokers

Jason Kraft, Owner/Principal and Risk Management Consultant

Jason was raised on a fourth-generation farm and feedlot operation in Northern Colorado. Jason attended Colorado State University where he acquired a BA in Animal Science with an emphasis in Agriculture Economics.  He then joined the team of analysts at Cattle‐Fax where he expanded his knowledge of the cattle industry. Soon an opportunity to join the Risk Management team at RJ O'Brien became available and Jason made a transition.

Jason continues to grow in his understanding of risk management as his client base expands.  It was his vision to provide a suite of tools that would complement futures and options execution, so Jason launched Compass Ag Solutions which is a full-service company with a variety of tools to help Ag producers manage their risk.

With intense intentionality, Jason has continued to grow Compass Ag Solutions by adding some of the best team members in the industry. He has never been more excited than today about who Compass Ag has become, and where Compass Ag is headed. Jason and his wife, Cheri, live on a farm north of Fort Collins, Colorado where they raise their four kids, Kyli, Tyler, Mataya and Clay.

Bryan Vasseur, Chief Operating Officer / Business and Risk Management Consultant

Bryan is from Oklahoma where he grew up involved in stocker cattle, cow-calf, and wheat farming operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, an M.B.A. from the TCU Neeley School of Business, and is a graduate of the TCU Ranch Management Program.

Bryan began his professional career with National Farms Inc. where he managed a commercial stocker-feeder cattle operation with locations in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Bryan then joined Cattle-Fax as an analyst, and he worked specifically with Colorado and Western Nebraska feedyards, as well as, ranch operations in the southern portion of the U.S.  This experience provided an opportunity with the TCU Ranch Management Program where he worked as an instructor and director of the Institute of Ranch Management for five years.

Bryan returned to production in 2006 as Associate Director of Agribusiness and Livestock Operations for Bass Companies. Here he managed the stocker-feeder cattle and farming businesses in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  More recently, Bryan served as Chief Operating Officer for Peyton Holdings Corp. where he led a diversified group of companies involved in agribusiness, energy and real estate in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, and California.

Bryan brings extensive experience in agribusiness and energy from various regions, and understands the strategies behind them that result in success. He and his wife Heidi live in Fort Collins, Colorado with their two sons Joseph and William.

Brandon McEndaffer, Sterling Branch Office Manager, Business and Risk Management Consultant

Brandon was raised on a farming operation in Northeast Colorado where he became directly involved and invested in the cattle industry from an early age. He is still involved in the family business along with his wife Cheyenne. He attended Colorado State University and studied Agriculture Economics and Business Finance with a specialty in investment analysis.

Brandon’s goal is to always understand the client’s business first and foremost, then evaluate the market in relation to the risk management plan. Brandon's focus is on the cattle and grain markets.

Ty Wilson, Chief Information Officer

Ty grew up in Western Oklahoma and spent summers farming. He attended the University of Oklahoma and after his sophomore year went and worked as a livestock runner at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. While at the CME, Ty became a licensed broker and then went to work for one of the cattle pit traders who had an office back in Oklahoma.

Ty started building his brokerage business with stocker operators from Western Oklahoma while he finished his Economics degree. After graduation, Ty worked for two years at a commodity brokerage in Denver before starting Insight Financial Group (“IFG”) with his father, Bill Wilson.

While at IFG, Ty’s passions drew him to Software Development in effort to help Feedyards better measure and manage price risk. The software business evolved into Watershed Ag Analytics. Watershed tools are currently used by some of the largest cattle producers in the world. Ty joined Compass to help foster a culture of technological innovation and develop new products specifically for cattle producers.

Joe Kovanda, Columbus Branch Manager

Joe Kovanda was born and raised in Montana on his family’s diversified farm and ranch. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with a Minor in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

Joe began his career with Bartlett Cattle Company where he managed feeder cattle procurement and hedging. He then joined Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, working with senior leadership and feedyard managers in analyzing and managing risk and investigating business growth opportunities. He returned to Bartlett Cattle Company in 2010, serving as Vice President. He led a team that managed feeder cattle and feed ingredient procurement, fat cattle marketing, and the requisite risk management for a 100% company-owned inventory at two company-owned feedyards and multiple custom feedyards.

After Bartlett’s liquidation in 2018, he founded 4:10 Risk Strategies and began helping multiple cattle owners to measure and mitigate risk while optimizing the intersection of cattle production and market economics. Joe’s passion is for agriculture and its people to succeed in business. He aims to share his experiences and talents in risk management, to that end.

Joe holds both commodity brokerage and insurance agent licenses. He leads the Compass Ag Insurance business unit and team, which focuses on helping cattle owners to manage risk with Livestock Risk Protection (LRP). He and his wife, Lacee, are active cattle feeders in multiple states. They live on the family farm in Columbus, Mont., where they are raising daughters, Kate & Tayah.

Troy Clevenger, Business and Risk Management Consultant

Troy grew up on a third-generation cow-calf, farm, and feedlot operation in Northeast Colorado.  He attended Colorado State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.

After college, Troy began his professional career in the dry edible bean industry working as an Operations Supervisor.  He then joined the Compass Ag Solutions team in pursuit of an active role in business risk management.

Troy is still involved in his family’s operation and has a passion for the agriculture industry that stems from his strong agriculture roots.  He resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife Sydney.

Britt Pratt, Merino Branch Manager

Britt grew up on a ranch and a feedyard in New Raymer and Merino, Colorado. Britt has been involved with her family’s cattle operation her entire life. She graduated college from Colorado Christian University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She quickly realized teaching was not the direction she wanted to pursue.

She came back to the family business the same year and managed the office operations for McEndaffer Cattle Co. In May of 2011, Britt went to work for Dan May at LaVaca Cattle Co. in Littleton, Colorado. It was there she discovered her love for the markets. Shortly thereafter, she became the risk manager at McEndaffer Cattle Co.

Britt specializes in livestock markets, but she is also familiar with farming, cattle buying, corn buying, and distiller’s grains. She loves to travel to cattle sales all over the country. Britt and her husband Morgan, along with their two sons Walker and Hudson, live a mile from their family’s feedyard in Merino, Colorado.

Joe Richards, Hereford Branch Manager

Joe Richards is the owner and manager of Diamond Cattle Feeders in Hereford, Texas. This 15,000 head feedyard is located in the heart of cattle feeding country.

Joe and the crew at Diamond Cattle Feeders pride themselves on providing personal customer service and great cattle care. In 2014, Joe began to offer complete risk management services to his cattle feeding customers as well as others when he joined IFG as a broker and branch office.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1994 and his Masters of Agribusiness from Sam Houston State University in 1996. A native of Fairfield, Texas, Joe grew up on the family ranch and learned the value of hard work and long days from the many hours he spent in the back of his family’s livestock auction in Buffalo, Texas.

Joe and his wife Brandi have two girls. Madalyn and Lucy. Both girls play basketball, run track and rodeo extensively keeping their parents continually on the move.

Doug Pharr, Mount Calm Branch Manager

Doug Pharr got his start in the cattle industry by backgrounding cattle used for roping productions where he grew up in Resaca, Georgia. The family produced roping and riding events.

Doug received an extensive “hands on” education in cattle management and profitability as a youngster. The patience he used training roping horses continues to pay off as he helps customers navigate the ins & outs of their risk management needs.  Doug is a 4-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in the Tiedown Roping.

After retiring from his professional rodeo career, he and his wife Brittany started Pharr Cattle Company. Pharr Cattle began as a stocker operation and has grown to include cattle feeding. Doug has real-life experience in navigating market conditions and understands that efficient methods to manage risk are imperative in operating a sustainable agriculture operation.  Doug and Brittany have two young children, Presley and Maddox.


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