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Teucrium celebrates third anniversary of corn ETP

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Teucrium Trading, an issuer of seven commodity-focused exchange-traded products, has celebrated the third year anniversary of its flagship fund, the Teucrium Corn Fund.

The firm marked the milestone with the roll-out of educational tools illustrating the impact of the growing global population on the world’s supply and demand for food and energy.
 
Launched on 9 June 2010, the Teucrium Corn Fund was created as the first vehicle enabling a wide variety of investors access to corn without the use of a futures account. All Teucrium funds are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. This next-generation commodity investment product offers investors liquidity, transparency, and capacity in a single-commodity ETP.
 
“We brought CORN and our other funds to the market so that all investors could have access to these core commodities. Corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar, crude oil and natural gas are a part, in some way or another, of nearly everything consumers use,” says Sal Gilbertie president, chief investment officer and co-founder of Teucrium. “The importance of corn, for instance, in terms of livestock feed, ethanol production, manufacturing and human consumption puts it on par with other widely-held commodities such as gold and energy.”
 
To demonstrate the importance of commodities, Teucrium has developed several educational tools, which illustrate how the supply of these core commodities must grow to meet the needs of the expanding world population. These tools include the Teucrium Corn Clock, the Teucrium Soybean Clock, and the Teucrium Wheat Clock, which each digitally display – by second – the bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat, respectively, needed to meet the global population growth, year to date.
 
Teucrium further illustrates the relationship between population growth and grains production with an animated video and infographics. These tools provide additional context for the growth and demand statistics.
 
The global population is expected to grow by 75 million people in 2013, or roughly twice the current population of California. Since annual consumption per person is approximately five bushels of corn, three bushels of wheat, and two bushels of soybeans, this translates to an additional 13.5 million acres that need to be cultivated, or an area double the size of Massachusetts, just to meet the associated demand from population growth.
 
The firm’s latest infographic, entitled “Corn and the Gas Station”, illustrates how corn is used in a wide-range of everyday items that can be found at a gas station, highlighting the pervasiveness of the many uses of corn by people, livestock, and a variety of industries.

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