Who We Are

JP2 Risk Management is a boutique operation focused on highly customized farm marketing advice and execution.

Every customer is different and should be treated as such. We get to know you and your operation, then customize specific strategies that are ideally suited to you and the market. Our deep, complementary expertise is what sets us apart. We build a disciplined process to lock in profitable levels then protect with intelligent upside, all while minimizing fees.

About Us


Jim Prough

Indiana native, grew up on a farm in Central Indiana and attended Purdue University in Agriculture Economics. Spent the last 28 years in the grain industry in various roles in the eastern corn belt.  Started JP2 Risk Management with my wife Jean in 2010 to help farmers execute and manage risk using all available marketing tools & appropriate crop insurance.

Jeff Fichtelman

Born and raised in Ohio and still lives there with his wife and four daughters. After attending BGSU, Jeff spent the next 15 years managing all trading of futures and options for three major grain companies. He joined Jim and Jean at JP2 in late 2021 with the goal of applying all he’s learned in what moves markets and how to best position for them direct to the farmer.

Tara Deines

Tara grew up just outside of Fort Wayne, IN. During her time at Purdue University, she got her first experience in the grain industry, interning for ADM. After graduation in 2010, she began her career as a grain merchandiser with The Andersons ethanol facility in Logansport, IN. After 5 years, she relocated to southern IN to join CGB to focus on high level marketing services to their top tier customers in the area. Tara and her husband John live in southern IN with their two kids.

Our Approach to Grain Marketing

Customized advice -

every farm is different

Complete transparency -

you will always know your positions

We like selling at profitable levels

then intelligently add and manage upside participation


We constantly monitor all your positions.

You will be involved

in each trading opportunity and upon sign off, we help you execute

We want fewer clients, not more.

Our high level of service is not “one size fits all” nor scalable.


JP2 High Touch Marketing Service

This is our sole focus.

We commit 100% of our time and attention to the markets and your positions. Ensuring no opportunity passes us by. While we all understand farmers and marketing, Jim and Tara are experts in basis, cash markets, logistics and maximizing storage. Jeff is an expert in what moves futures markets and how to intelligently capture those moves. We have custom market commentary exclusively for our clients. We have access to discounted service fees and brokerage rates through our industry connections. We limit the number of clients we work with. If you are interested, please contact us to learn more.


JP2 Peer Groups

Offered exclusively to our High Touch clients.

The goal of JP2 Peer Groups is educating those who wish to learn more. One of our peer groups is “Young Farmers”, for those who are starting with little knowledge of grain markets. We also offer “Options for Farmers”, to help educate clients on the right way to use options.


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