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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5:30PM Evening welcome cocktail reception

Day 2: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

8:00AM Registration desk opens
9:00AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Alexandre Fontoura, Agricultural Director, SGS do Brasil & SGS Gravena
9:15AM Global grains and oilseeds outlook: analysing key market drivers in the major producing regions
  • Analysis of production volumes from key producing regions in the past year
  • What will the continued increasing global consumption of animal protein mean from a demand perspective?
  • Will there be enough supply to meet demand forecasts in the coming years?
  • Biofuel and ethanol outlook – evaluating the impact on corn and soy demand
  • Pricing outlook – what does this supply/demand balance mean for grains and oilseeds prices?
Julian McGill, Head of Special Projects, LMC International
10:00AM The global macroeconomic environment and its implications for grains and oilseeds markets
  • Will potential reflation of the market ease the pressure on grains prices?
  • Assessing the impact of China’s economic slowdown on the grains and oilseeds market
  • How does the price of the US Dollar impact the fundamentals of global commodity markets?
  • Global energy demand forecasts and what this means for grains and oilseeds
  • Regional geopolitical concerns and implications on cereals production and trade
Steve Cachia, Consultant - Business Development, Kordin Grain Terminal Co. Ltd.
10:30AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:15AM Corn market focus: importance of the safrinha crop in Brazil
  • How has dry weather affected the safrinha production this year?
  • Import/export figures – will Brazil look to import more from Argentina and USA?
  • Corn production in other South American countries
  • Are corn prices too high for livestock farmers?
  • Will farmers continue to invest in corn if prices are low?
Marcos Rubin, Senior Partner and Analyst, Agroconsult
12:00PM Wheat market focus: South American origination and current market dynamics
  • How has supply been affected by adverse regional weather conditions?
  • Staying competitive in the global wheat market – how have removal of wheat export taxes in Argentina affected companies throughout the value chain?
  • Can Argentina overcome end user restrictions to supply some untapped consumer markets?
  • Assessment of US wheat crop and forecast for coming season
  • Can regional producers meet the continually growing domestic demand for wheat?
Frederico Humberg, CEO, Agribrasil
Eduardo Vazquez, Chief Grain Trader, Bunge Argentina
Lennart Andersen, Director, Arcevil SA
12:45PM Networking lunch break
2:15PM Political changes in Argentina and Brazil: short and long term implications for the agricultural sector
  • What are the major policy changes affecting the grains and oilseeds industry?
  • How has the market responded to these changes?
  • Will the Macri government fulfil their promise to reduce soybean export tax by 5% per annum?
  • Foreign investment environment – is this being encouraged by the new governments?
  • What are the most pressing issues that still need to be addressed?
  • How can the governments keep the agricultural sector moving forward when the general economies are stagnant or regressing?
Luiz Cornacchioni, Executive Director, Associação Brasileira do Agronegócio
Guillermo Garcia, Board Director, CIARA-CEC
2:45PM Global weather outlook: how will La Niña impact weather patterns and crop production?
  • Expectations for the evolving La Niña event and why it is important
  • Wrap-up of Northern Hemisphere growing season
  • Weather outlook for South America and other major growing areas
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, MDA Weather Services
3:15PM Risk management: mitigating exposure throughout the supply chain
  • What strategies can be adopted by producers, merchandisers and end users?
  • Utilizing a portfolio approach with a blend of different tools
  • New CME Group contracts
  • Customisation of products – OTC, futures, options
Susan Sutherland, Senior Director, Ag & Alt Int Products, CME Group
3:45PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break
4:30PM Progress in the Paraguayan grains supply chain
  • Update on soy, corn and wheat production in Paraguay
  • Are government investment restrictions still a concern?  How are these being overcome?
  • Infrastructure improvements – successful projects and areas in need of more attention
  • Paraguayan fluvial system and new port projects in Uruguay
5:00PM The changing environment of South American rice exports
  • Regional production analysis and forecast
  • What are the new major export markets for South American rice?
  • Are quality requirements limiting access into other export markets?
  • How can South American rice stay competitive with its North American counterpart?
Juan Pablo Berasategui, Commercial Manager Rice, Adecoagro
5:30PM End of day two and networking drinks reception

Day 3: Thursday, September 22, 2016

8:45AM Chairperson's opening remarks
9:00AM Asian grain investment in South America
  • Chinese soy demand and its impact on South American investments
  • Notable mergers and acquisition trends and what this might mean for grain markets
  • Different investment strategies: land, logistics, processing or origination/trading
  • What is the right partnership and governance model?
  • How South American companies can prepare for Asian investment
Richard White, Executive Director, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, ABN AMRO
Kevin Tang, Director, CCIBC
10:00AM Morning refreshments and networking break
10:45AM Soy market focus: supply and demand dynamics in a vital export market
  • What is the current soy crushing capacity in South American countries?  What volumes are exported as meal compared with beans?
  • Meal and bean demand analysis from Europe and other major importers
  • How have heavy rains in Argentina affected soy production this season?
  • Will Argentinian export taxes on soy products be reduced further, as promised?
  • Are other crops a more attractive option in certain regions in Brazil and Argentina?
Roberta Paffaro, International Market Development Manager, CME Group
11:15AM Brazilian logistics and infrastructure development: supplying the domestic and export markets
  • New government and private sector infrastructure projects – progress and expectations
  • Which regions are suffering the worst supply bottlenecks and how can these be alleviated?
  • What is to become of the proposed railway connecting Mato Grosso with the South of Brazil?  Is this plan likely to come to fruition?
  • How can Brazil optimise cargo use by bringing in fertilizers and other commodities as return freight?
Marcelo Neri, CEO, Alphamar
Arthur Neto, Director, Alphamar
12:00PM Close of conference followed by networking lunch

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