About Us

Garrett Toay has been in the commercial grain industry since 2001. The owner of Toay Commodity Futures Group since 2004, Garrett handles commercial accounts across the corn belt. He has been a contributor to Bloomberg, the Iowa Farmer Today and Barchart’s Grain Professional newsletter. He also used to report market news for AM-640 WOI out of Ames, IA. He has also been quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle. A 2000 graduate of Iowa State University, Garrett has presented for conferences from New York to Brazil. He currently resides in West Des Moines, IA with his wife, Bridget, their son Augie, their daughter Juniper and their yellow lab, Yogi.

Tony McDonald joined AgTraderTalk as a Contributing Editor in April 2011. He grew up working on a family farm in west central Iowa where he is still involved in the operation. Tony graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2008 with a degree in BioRenewable Fuels Technology and spent that summer in Brazil, learning about South American agriculture. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with a degree in Agricultural Business. He has been a licensed crop insurance agent since November 2011 and a licensed commodity broker since February 2012. Tony currently lives in Des Moines, IA.

Nathan Pirie joined AgTraderTalk in November 2016.  His home town is Johnston, IA where he graduated high school in 2004. Nathan attended The University of Iowa and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Finance. Following graduation he worked as an analyst for one of the largest AIPs within the MPCI (multi-peril crop insurance) industry for seven years.  While gaining work experience he completed his M.B.A. from The University of Iowa and graduated in December of 2015. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, golf and soccer.