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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Monday, September 11, 2017

9:00AM INTL FCStone price risk management workshop

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Day 2: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8:30AM Registration desk opens
9:00AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Pablo Thomas, Business Manager, SGS Argentina
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?
Pedro Dejneka, Partner & Co-founder, MD Commodities
10:00AM State-by-state analysis of the Brazilian grains and oilseeds markets
  • How has dry weather affected the safrinha corn crop this year?
  • What impact has farmers’ hoarding of soybeans had upon the supply chain?
  • Are corn prices too high for livestock farmers?
  • Which crops are farmers most likely to continue investing in given price trends?
Aldo Francisco Carneiro Lobo, Analyst, Granopar Corretora
10:30AM Morning refreshments and networking breaks
11:15AM 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?
Moderator: Lennart Andersen, Director, Arcevil SA
Eduardo Vazquez, Chief Grain Trader, Bunge Argentina
12:00PM Global weather outlook for grains and oilseeds production regions
  • Update on El Niño and what impact it may have on global crop production
  • Weather expectations for South America and growing regions
  • Warp-up of the Northern Hemisphere growing season
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, MDA Weather Services
12:30PM Networking lunch break
1:45PM Soy complex: bean, meal and oil supply and demand dynamics
  • What is the current soy crushing capacity in South American countries?  Is there room for increase?
  • 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?
Moderator: Roberta Paffaro, International Market Development Manager, CME Group
Guillermo Garcia, Board Director, Bunge Argentina
Juan Hinojosa, Senior VP Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone
2:30PM 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
3:00PM Modern agriculture: the changing face of grain origination
  • What does Modern Agriculture look like, how fast is it coming and what are the implications?
  • How is the ag supply chain connecting to secure a safe and sustainable food source?
  • Consolidation of input distributors in Brazil and the consequences for grain origination
Bernardo Nogueira, National Commercial Lead, Crop Protection, Monsanto do Brasil
3:30PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break
4:00PM 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?
Arthur Neto, Director, Alphamar
4:45PM Examination of Chinese trade across grains, oilseeds and vegoils
  • Fundamental trends in the food and feed industry
  • Key factors in corn, wheat and soy balance sheets
  • Review of government policies
  • Implications for South America
Siavosh Arasteh, Managing Director, AgFlow SA
5:15PM Changes in South American grains & oilseeds logistics
Gonzalo Terracini, Director, INTL FCStone SA
Renato Rasmussen, Commodity Intelligence Director, INTL FCStone
5:45PM End of day two and networking drinks reception

Day 3: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

9:00AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Pablo Thomas, Business Manager, SGS Argentina
9:15AM Political update within Argentina and Brazil
  • 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?
Carlos Alberto Pouiller, Director de Análisis de Mercados (Subsecretaría de Mercados Agropecuarios), Ministerio de Agroindustria - Argentina
9:45AM How do the restrictions involving acquisition or ownership of rural land by foreigners affect the Argentinean and Brazilian agribusiness sectors?
  • Legal aspects involving current restrictions and related impact in the appetite of investors
  • Alternatives for investments opportunities and how risky they could be from a legal perspective
  • Related experiences in both Argentinean and Brazilian legal and business environments
Alvaro Schmidt Gallo, Of Counsel, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
Ricardo Quass Duarte, Partner, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
10:15AM Actual and future efficiency of Argentine ports
  • Overview of Argentine ports
  • Logistical challenges with a growing volume
  • What is being done to  continually improve port efficiency?
Julian Evangelista, Commercial Director, Independent Ship Agents
10:45AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:15AM Corn production analysis and outlook
  • Assessing South American corn production capabilities – last season’s supply and next season’s forecast
  • How have producers and distributors overcome difficulties this season?
  • What are the main opportunities for South American corn in the global market?
Luiz Cornacchioni, Executive Director, Associação Brasileira do Agronegócio
Frederico Humberg, CEO, Agribrasil
11:45AM 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
12:15PM What next for Black Sea grains?
  • Update on production and export actual volumes and capabilities
  • Which destinations are showing the most demand for Black Sea originated grains?
  • What are the main challenges exporting into these markets?
  • How will increased competition from other regions influence prices?
Sergey Potapov, Head of International markets Analysis Dept., Centre for Grain Quality Assurance

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