HU Foundation breakfast to focus on agriculture

The Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 11, will focus on agriculture. 

RD Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate in Columbia City, Indiana, will share about trends and forecasts in agricultural real estate. Mike Hacker, senior commodity analyst with WelIra Investments in Indianapolis, Indiana, will discuss projections regarding the corn and soybean markets for 2015. The event will wrap up with an update on HU’s new Institute for Agricultural Studies by Dr. Mike Wanous, vice president for academic affairs.

Schrader’s involvement in real estate transactions includes marketing land throughout the United States. He coordinated one of the largest land auction events in history, totaling more than $50 million. The Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company has sold land in 40 states with annual auction sales in excess of $200 million. 

A licensed commodities broker, Hacker has more than 30 years of experience in the commodity industry and is a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the National Futures Association. He has advised corporations and producers on cash grain analysis and marketing strategies with his highly regarded technical and fundamental analysis. Hacker previously was the senior leader of Agricultural Operations at Weaver Popcorn Company. 

The foundation breakfast is open to the public. It will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $7. First-time attendees eat free courtesy of Bailey-Love Mortuary. Foundation breakfasts occur on the second Wednesday of the month, October through May.

RSVPs are requested for the breakfast but are not required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Barb Baker at (260) 359-4069 or

Since 1938, the Huntington University Foundation has assisted Huntington County residents who attend Huntington University through the annual Huntington County Grant and endowed scholarships. Learn more about the foundation’s history and ways to support its goals at