Pat Bowe, President & CEO, The Andersons
“Grain Industry Trends/Outlook”
Bowe has led The Andersons through a transformation over the last four years. He will share his outlook on current issues and trends facing the industry.
Fred Seamon, Executive Director – Agricultural Markets, CME Group
“Factors Influencing Performance in the Agricultural Futures Markets”
Most are aware of the price discovery and price risk management functions of the futures market, but fewer understand how calendar spreads play a key role in the grain markets by efficiently allocating a commodity through time. Learn how these spreads are discovered, how they are related to the basis, and how spreads and basis interact to affect convergence and market performance. Also learn how Exchange Rules will handle planned lock maintenance in 2020 that could affect grain movements along the Illinois River. Seamon will lead the discussion; he oversees agricultural research at the Exchange and has over 16 years’ experience there.
Brett Stuart, President, Global Agri Trends
“How Will ASF Reshape Global Protein Markets?”
African Swine Fever is the world's worst hog disease. It has ravaged the swine sectors in China and Vietnam (>50% of the world's hogs) and spreading continues. How will China's pork "gap" be filled? What about global grain impacts? Will this drive a shift to poultry and beef in China? And what does the future hold for global protein producers? These and more questions will be discussed and answered by Brett Stuart, president of Global AgriTrends and a frequent traveler to China and other key protein markets.
David Turner, Managing Partner-Latin America, Kincannon Reed
“Hiring Trends & Challenges”
One of the biggest challenges facing many firms is identifying, recruiting, and retaining talented workers. What are the basic steps your firm should be taking to best position itself in this very competitive marketplace?
Surface Transportation Board
STB's two new Commissioners, Vice Chairman Patrick J. Fuchs and Board Member Martin J. Oberman have been invited to be on hand for introductory comments.