Pete Lorenz has extensive experience in grain market analysis, and his rural roots enable him to quickly understand the nature of individual producer challenges. Specializing in national grain marketing, he is dedicated to improving returns for American grain producers. Lorenz is a consulting grain marketing expert and senior grain marketing analyst for National Farmers with four decades of experience. Lorenz assists farmers in using the National Farmers flagship grain program, Grain Marketing Plus, which he helped to develop. The program consistently places producer prices in the top third of the annual grain market. He also provides recommendations within the grain options program, RiskReducer.
Through the years, Lorenz has led grain marketing and risk management seminars across the Midwest, including Grain Marketing in Risky Times, Profit Strategies and Farming in the Future. He offers dynamic presentations for producers seeking marketing insights from the sell-side, and leads sessions at National Farmers state conventions, All-Staff Meetings, young leader and young producer events, and at the organization’s National Convention and annual meeting held each winter.
In 1974, Lorenz joined the National Farmers team as field staff in North Dakota. He transferred to Kansas in 1977, where he served as area director for northeast and north central Kansas, and he served as Regional Director for the West Region, which encompassed five states. He is also a past director of the National Farmers Grain Division.
Lorenz attended North Dakota State University, where he studied animal science. He is a 30-year veteran of the Army National Guard (Ret.), is a board member and past chairman of the Salina Diocese and Rural Life Commission of the Roman Catholic Church, and is currently vice chairman. He is a board member of the Institute for Rural America, and served on the Beloit, Kansas, city council for five terms, and served as president of the council for one term. Pete and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 46 years, and reside in Beloit, Kan. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.