KDM Trading takes a personal approach with our clients. When you call, you will almost always be connected immediately to a live broker. KDM clears its trades through R.J. O'Brien, the largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States.

Market Analysis

Our network of dairy producers, private cheese plants, exporters and in-house research gives us unique insight into the global dairy markets. We use that information to help you come up with risk management strategies specific to your operation.

Weekly Commentary

On most Friday's KDM Trading publishes a dairy report, recapping the news for the week and how it might impact the markets. Many times hedge recommendations are also included, to help producers consider strategies that might work for them. Subscribe for free!


Contact us about leading a dairy market and basics of hedging seminar for your group. The principles at KDM have over 50 years of experience working with dairy risk management, and have led many educational sessions for banks, cheese plants and co-ops.

Forward Contracting

We offer a complete forward contracting solution for commercial and co-op accounts. Producers can contact KDM directly to execute plant forward contracts. Fills are immediately reported back to both the producer and plant. Month-end reporting is sent to the plant/co-op, reconciling settlement prices with lbs contracted, by producer.

On site visits

We are not big city executives. We're brokers who live in small to medium-sized towns and work from home offices. If you're serious about working with us, we'll make every effort to meet you face to face. We believe this is a relationship business. Low turnover and clients who have been with us for a decade or more, exemplify the bond that we have with our customers.


KDM Trading operates two offices in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we’re hard to reach. Utilizing cloud-based computing, we run a virtual office. When you call our toll-free number, it rings both of our locations simultaneously. Want to talk to a specific broker? No problem! A simple transfer is all it takes. Our electronic trading platform allows us to see each other’s trades, and our private chat room keeps us all on the same page every day. Most days it feels like we’re just down the hall from one another, yet our separate locations allow us to cover a wide territory.

Mark Potter - Spokane, WA

Mark’s career in agribusiness has spanned more than 35 years.  Since receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Mankato State University, Mark has held several General Manager, as well as Grain and Feed Division Management positions for farm-supply cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Working daily with dairy producers, Mark became heavily involved with the launch of the Dairy Options Pilot Program (DOPP) in the 1990’s, and started a new dairy brokerage division for his former employer. Mark co-founded KDM Trading in 2004 and continues to bring his extensive experience to work every day.

Nick Potter - Tulsa, OK

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse, and then went on to obtain a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, GA. Nick joined KDM Trading in 2009, bringing with him a decade of experience working with dairy operations of all sizes, across the country.

Carmen Richards – Hobbs, NM

Carmen joined KDM Trading, Inc. in 2022 and brings with her over seven years of experience in the financial services industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.

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