First Capitol Ag

The First Capitol Ag leadership team of agricultural hedging specialists are ready to meet the needs of producers and processors through quality hedging and risk management, commodities brokerage, and alternative investment services.

Brian Wagner

Senior Hedge Specialist and Branch Manager

Brian is a native of Platteville, Wisconsin. Growing up in Southwest Wisconsin he saw many aspects of farming by helping his relatives with their dairy and beef operations. Brian eventually married a dairy farmer’s daughter. In 1996, he joined First Capitol Ag / efutures, where his knowledge and background in the financial markets has been a great asset for risk management. Brian makes use of option strategies for risk management on hedge and speculative trades.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance and Marketing. After graduation, Brian earned his General Securities license and began a career with Edward Jones helping local individuals with their wealth management. Brian enjoys spending time with his family and occasionally finds time to get outdoors to hunt and fish.

Jacob Burks

Hedge Specialist

Jacob was born and raised in Benton, AR. He earned his BS degree in Agriculture Business from Arkansas Tech University and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Jacob joined First Capitol Group in the summer of 2005 in the marketing department and quickly found that his passion was in price risk management for agriculture producers.  You may find Jacob speaking to groups about our Managed Futures Program or sharing the different tools available to Hedge producers’ agricultural operation.

Jacob has always been very involved in rodeo. He began steer wrestling along with his dad and two brothers while in high school, continued in college rodeo, and continues to rodeo regionally. In 2007 and 2008, Jacob was the Great Lakes Circuit Champion Steer Wrestler. He represented the Circuit at the ’08 and ‘09 Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho.  In 2016 the highlight of Jacob’s career came when he qualified for RFDTV’s The American rodeo in Cowboy Stadium, Dallas Texas.

For the last five years you could find Jacob on the sidelines for the varsity girls’ basketball program as well as for both of his daughter’s youth teams.  Jacob also serves on the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Board of Directors and serves as an Elder at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church.

While competing in college rodeo he met his wife, Sara and they now have two beautiful girls, Bridee and Lainee.

Laura Kirschbaum

Administrative Assistant

Laura has lived in Southwest Wisconsin for over 20 years.  She married into a family that is involved in a variety of cattle operations.   The primary focus of the family business is a Livestock Auction Market specializing in feeder and finished cattle.  In addition to the two Market facilities, there is a feedlot for finishing cattle and back grounding calves for grass, cow/calf operation, and crops.  For a  five year period of time their family owned and managed a Local Custom Meat Processing facility.  That was the completion of knowing and operating the entire livestock process of producer to consumer table.  Laura is an active and vital part of each sector of the family business.  Her and her husband, Corey, have 2 kids who are active in basketball, hunting and rodeo/horses.