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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, Strategy and Solutions Director, 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?
Eduardo Vazquez, Chief Grain Trader, Bunge Argentina
Lennart Andersen, Broker, Arcevil SA
Fred Humberg, CEO, Agribrasil
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?
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, Maxar
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
Raul Valdez Florentin, General Manager, Unexpa SA
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
Kevin Tang, Director, CCIBC
Richard White, Executive Director, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, ABN AMRO
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?
Arthur Neto, Director, Alphamar
Marcelo Neri, CEO, Alphamar
12:00PM Close of conference followed by networking lunch

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