About

About

US Commodities is a robust physical commodity trading company based in Minneapolis, MN. The diversity of products and client segments is a distinguishing factor at USC, which trades conventional and organic grains, feed ingredients, dairy ingredients, forest products, rendered products, pet food ingredients, and more.

“Three things make US Commodities different and account for its success”, says Rolf Peters, AgMotion’s co-founder and CEO. “First, great people and especially outstanding traders; second, a very strong capital base; and third, an ongoing commitment to process re-engineering and automation to take steps out of processes and serve clients more effectively.”

Buy with confidence from US Commodities! US Commodities utilizes the AgMotion Marketing System (AMS), a proprietary trade management software application that drives down costs and improves customer service. A distinguishing aspect of AMS is its industry-leading Supply Chain Intelligence capabilities that capture and store detailed information about product quality and safety. US Commodities can trace every shipment of every cargo from origin to destination instantly, with all shipping documents and quality certificates attached to each individual record.

History

US Commodities was founded in the 1980’s by Wint Ritchie and Ken Fluck as a trading company engaged primarily in feed proteins. Based in Wayzata, MN, USC quickly acquired a reputation for integrity and unparalleled business segment expertise.

AgMotion acquired US Commodities in 2001 and re-branded its own trading operations under the USC brand. Today, US Commodities operates in multiple product and client segments around the globe, managing all aspects of the supply chain to bring products to customers wherever needed.

Leadership

Rolf Peters, Co-Founder and CEO

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Rolf Peters, Co-founder and CEO, began his career at The Pillsbury Company as a commodity trader after graduating with a BA from Carleton College, Northfield, MN, in 1986. He left Pillsbury in 1988 to found R. S. Peters, Inc., a trading firm whose operations became Viking Ag Commodities, Inc. and are housed today within AgMotion.

Along the way, Rolf dropped in and out of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, an experience he found academically and intellectually enriching, but not enough to actually graduate.

Rolf’s professional and personal affiliations:

Immediate Past President of GAFTA, the Grain and Feed Trade Association, London, UK

International Trade and Ag Policy committee of the National Grain and Feed Association, Washington, DC.

Commandeur, Commanderie de Bordeaux, Minneapolis Chapter.

Trustee, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Golf junkie

 


 

Tim Carlson, Co-Founder and COO

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Tim Carlson, Co-founder and COO engaged in his first commodity trading activity as a Senior at the University of Minnesota while working for International Proteins Corporation (now a division of the Scoular Co.). Tim  graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management. Within a year of graduating, Tim joined Rolf Peters, working for Viking Ag Commodities which is now part of AgMotion. Tim has enjoyed integrating several acquisitions into AgMotion over the years. 

Tim is a delegate to the US Grains Council and currently serves on the “Value-Added” advisory team. He enjoys time spent with his wife and four children pursuing their many outdoor activities and musical interests.

 


 

Bill Hren, Chief Financial Officer 

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Bill has over thirty years of finance and accounting experience.  Bill joined AgMotion, Inc in 2000. Prior to joining AgMotion he was Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Northcott Hospitality Company from 1985-2000. Previously Bill served four years on the audit staff of Deloitte and Touche.

Bill holds a B.A. in Business-Accounting from the University of St. Thomas and is a CPA.

Avid frustrated golfer.

Born, raised and continues to live in St Paul, Minnesota.