Larry Acker has been the editor of 3F Forecasts, a weather and commodity advisory publication, since 1988. He was born and raised on the family farm near Polo, Illinois, attended Polo schools, and went on to complete an Agricultural Science Degree majoring in geology and chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1965. He finished his Masters degree in late 1967. He also served in the Armed Services. He was awarded the Certified Administrative Manager certificate from the Administrative Management Society in 1974 for work in finance and economics. He was the first US Government employee to earn that designation. He was also awarded the Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Professional Soil Scientist from the American Society of Agronomy in 1979 for work in soils and geology.
After graduating from college, he worked for the USDA for ten and one-half years. He then left the federal government for farming in 1979, and has since served as a consultant for numerous individuals, county and state units of government. He has worked with weather and related interests since June 1, 1949, and began doing serious research using mainframe computers in 1979. He published a newspaper weather column called ‘The Hot Comer” from August 1982, to January 2002. He was editor for a syndicated column ‘What Goes Around… for five years which ended in 2006, and has been a contributing writer to several publications for professional stock markets and trader professionals.
Larry currently is a weather consultant for a newspaper chain, and does their short and intermediate range forecasts. He studied the futures markets under Prof. T.A. Hieronymus at the University of Illinois, and has 48 years of experience in the futures markets. He is a licensed commodities trading advisor (C.T.A.) and commodities broker, but limits his advice to active clients. He is in demand for speaking engagements to groups with widely varied interests.
Larry is a guest on numerous syndicated radio programs around the US.
He is a speaker for many professional groups nationwide including the American Soybean Association and National Association of Farm Broadcasters and the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.
He is a panelist and grain commentator of crop reports for the Chicago Board of Trade.
Has been running successful hotline updates for both Commodities and Weather since May 2, 1993, and Options and Spreads from June, 1996. Larry began a leave of absence for the Options and Spreads hotline in December 2008, but is considering reviving it in the future.
He became an official observer in Northwestern Illinois for the United States Weather Service on June 1, 1995 and records observations and transmits them to the NWS.
Between September 2001 and December 2008, Larry has been editor of Acker CH&S Report which covers cycle studies such as volcanic, diseases, insect, political and war cycles that affect national and global economies.
Larry officially retired from the State of Illinois on June 1, 2008. He hasn’t seen the schedule slow down at all so far. He began consulting work for two government agencies, FEMA since February 2010 and NASA in January 2011.
If you are looking for a speaker for your group, give Larry a call, as he is available for bookings by request. You can reach him at (815) 946-3001.