Rabo Agrifinance and the Commodity Classic

Press Release by Issuing Company

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

In addition to conducting association business at the 2011 Commodity Classic, American grain farmers can plant the seeds of success for their own businesses by learning about critical financial issues. Rabo AgriFinance, a leader in agricultural lending and risk management, will share a number of new ways to secure capital and manage risk at this year's Commodity Classic.

Commodity Classic is scheduled for March 3-5 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. The theme of this year's event is "Smooth Sailing."

"We talk to growers every day who are concerned about what's ahead for them," says Shawn Smeins, managing director for Rabo AgriFinance in St. Louis. "Commodity markets are becoming more volatile as input costs continue to rise. We are committed to U.S. grain farmers, and to demonstrate that commitment, we are sponsoring several important events at this year's Commodity Classic."

The company's sponsorships will begin with the CornPAC Reception and Live Auction on March 2. Rabo AgriFinance is donating an Apple iPad as an auction item to this kickoff event for industry leaders. All proceeds will go to the political action committee to support its work on behalf of corn growers.

Rabo AgriFinance also will lend its support at the Annual ASA Soy Social and Auction on March 3. Again, all auction proceeds will support the work of the Soy Political Action Committee.

"As seen at Commodity Classic, the ag industry continues to deliver high-tech solutions in support of abundant, sustainable and profitable grain production," Smeins says. "The ability of growers to achieve new levels of efficiency and productivity also depends on the availability of strategic lending and risk-management tools. That's where we can help."

During Commodity Classic, growers will have access to the company's "Smooth Sailing Financial Tips." Rabo AgriFinance will distribute the important financial and risk-management insights in popular agricultural communities across social networks. On Twitter, follow @RaboAg and look for #RAFtips.

Growers can also hear insights from Rabo AgriFinance by tuning into AgriTalk Live on March 3, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. EST. Company representatives will discuss current U.S. agricultural lending conditions live on the nationally syndicated talk show with host Mike Adams. Growers can go to AgriTalk.com to identify a radio affiliate in their area. Growers can also go to the website after the show to download the complete interview.

Finally, attendees are encouraged to visit the Rabo AgriFinance booth #625-627 to meet one-on-one with company representatives to discuss lending and financial options that support each unique farming operation and its long term goals

The 2011 Commodity Classic is sponsored by the National Association of Corn Growers, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. In addition to the trade show, it will include seminars, special events and a concert by Little River Band.

Rabo AgriFinance creates value-driven solutions for its customers through a broad portfolio of financial management tools, resources and experts. To learn more about Rabo AgriFinance and it comprehensive suite of financial solutions, please go to www.RaboAg.com.

For more information about the 2011 Commodity Classic, please visit www.commodityclassc.com.

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