Dennis R. DeLaughter, a professional farm manager, investment advisor and commodity broker, operates and manages some 7500 acres of rice, corn and wheat on the Texas gulf coast southwest of Houston.  DeLaughter is a licensed floor trader with the Chicago Board of Trade and a frequent speaker at agri-business marketing meetings throughout the U.S. rice belt and the Midwest grain growing region. Specializing in commodity hedging and market analysis service for trading strategies, Mr. DeLaughter has served by appointment from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee during both the Clinton and Bush administrations.  He is a former chairman of the US Rice Producers Association and a graduate of Texas A&M University’s MBA-Economics program.