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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

8:00AM Registration and refreshments
9:00AM Chairpersons welcoming remarks
9:05AM Keynote: Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture
  • With expectations for a record crop in Brazil, what is being done to maximize agricultural exports?
  • How are regional and global trade developments evolving and what is the Ministry’s vision for the coming year?
  • Key government priorities in support of the grain and oilseeds sector and overcoming existing challenges facing the industry
Alexandre Pontes, Deputy Secretary for International Relations of Agribusiness, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
9:30AM Grain and oilseeds outlook: Analyzing key factors impacting the global grains market and production forecasts for 2018/2019
  • Analyzing production volumes and crop outlook in key production regions (corn, wheat, soy complex, barley)
  • Assessing the US crop forecast and prices
  • Considering demand drivers globally and indications for pricing outlook
  • Analyzing the impacts of US-China trade relations. To what degree will a ‘trade war’ impact on US wheat and soy exports?
  • What role could South America and Brazil play in this new trade landscape?
  • FX outlook: Expectations for the real in an election year
Pedro Dejneka, Partner & Co-Founder, MD Commodities
10:30AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:15AM Brazil focus: Analyzing production and trends across regions
  • Soybean expansion in Brazil
  • New frontier MATOPIBA and SEALBA
  • Risks to Brazilian Agriculture: Management and High Cost of New Technologies, Infrastructure, Crude oil, Environment rules and Climate-change adaptation
  • Long Term Scenario
Marcos Araujo, Analyst, Agrinvest Commodities
11:45AM Logistics and infrastructure for the movement of Brazilian grains: A continuing challenge
  • Despite some investment in logistics and infrastructure, bottlenecks still exist in internal transport and export infrastructure. What further investments need to be made to alleviate pressure and bring down transport costs?
  • Considering the recent trucking strike in Brazil and its future implications
  • How are private sector investments in infrastructure and warehouses performing?
  • What further rail, road, freight and port developments are expected and in what timeframe? How will these developments be financed?
  • Increasing efficiency and security by incorporating technology into transport and logistics infrastructure
Frederico Humberg, CEO, Agribrasil
12:15PM Adapting to shifting grain market dynamics: Mapping future trends and opportunities for grain traders
  • What trends can be seen in grain and oilseeds markets and how are traders adapting and seeking new opportunities?
  • How is the entry of new participants in production and distribution, as well as an increasing holding power of farmers, impacting traditional trade models?
  • Focus on logistics: Port acquisitions and improvements to warehousing
  • Will we see consolidation in the market?
Brandon Crozier, Executive Director, CGG Trading SA
12:45PM Lunch
2:00PM China focus: New challenges to achieve integrated agri-food chains
  • Impacts of the US-China trade war on Brazilian agri-food exports
  • Potential imbalances on grains vs. animal protein
  • Geopolitics and trade remedies in China-Brazil relations
Marcos Jank, Ceo, BRF Asia Pacific
2:30PM South America Growing Season Weather Outlook
  • El Niño/La Niña outlook
  • North America weather recap/harvest forecast
  • Global tour of other major growing areas
Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, Radiant Solutions
3:00PM Incorporating agritech solutions in South America – Game changer for the grain market
  • Integrating smart technology into agriculture: What is the real potential for management of planting, stock, quality control and commercialization?
  • In the South American context, what are the main challenges to implementation?
  • To what degree is digitalization of agriculture restricted by lack of digital infrastructure?
  • Exploring key agritech solutions easily applicable to the South American market
Débora Milori, Research Scientist, Optics and Photonics Laboratory, Embrapa Instrumentation, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
3:30PM Afternoon refreshments and networking
4:00PM Focus on the soy complex: Record demand and shifting trade flows
  • Assessing production harvests and crushing capacity across the region, especially considering recent weather events in Argentina
  • Analyzing demand outlook from food and feed: Is Brazil producing enough to meet domestic demand?
  • Outlook for crushing margins
  • How are developments in US-China trade relations impacting Brazil? Is South American production enough to meet Chinese demand?
  • How are decreasing soy retentions playing out in the Argentina?
Wellington Andrade, CEO, Aprosoja
Marcos Rubin, Strategy And Solutions Director, Agroconsult
Daniel Furlan Amaral, Chief Economist, Abiove
Niko Bock, Director, CME Group
5:00PM Trends in the corn market: New demand drivers
  • Outlook for corn production and price forecasts
  • How competitive is Brazilian corn compared to global competitors?
  • How are farmers responding to trends in domestic corn prices? Will they continue to plant corn and what are expectations for the Safrinha crop?
  • Examining domestic demand trends, from feed to corn ethanol
Alvaro Schmidt Gallo, Of Counsel, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
Roberta Paffaro, International Market Development Manager, CME Group
Paulo Molinari, Economist, Director Of Consulting, Safras & Mercado
Marcos Rubin, Strategy And Solutions Director, Agroconsult
5:45PM Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by networking reception

Day 2: Thursday, September 13, 2018

8:30AM Morning refreshments
9:15AM Chairperson’s welcoming remarks
9:30AM Ports and shipping overview
  • New port developments in Brazil and Argentina: To what degree will current and expected port developments bolster trade with import markets?
  • How will new port developments in Brazil impact on traditional agricultural shipping routes from and between South American countries?
  • How are strategic acquisitions of port infrastructure playing out? What are the potential implications on logistics tariffs and ultimately consumers?
  • Assessing the appetite of foreign investors for South American port developments
  • Maximizing port efficiency and management strategies with technology
Dr Henriette van Niekerk, Director And Head Of Drybulk Analysis, Clarksons
Arthur Neto, Director, Alphamar
Raúl Ferro, Advisor, CADAL
Luciana Guerise, Executive Director, ATP
10:30AM Morning refreshments and networking
11:00AM Tools and strategies for successful risk management
  • Debating approaches to risk management
  • OTC products and new ways to manage risk along the supply chain
  • How can solutions be applied by producers, merchandisers, end-users?
Tim Andriesen, Manager Director of Agriculture, CME Group
11:30AM Black Sea grains focus: Expectations from the region
  • Black Sea production forecast and market developments
James Colquhoun, Senior Grains Pricing Specialist, S&P Global Platts
12:00PM Addressing legal challenges to agricultural investment in Brazil
  • Understanding the main challenges and regulatory issues present in the Brazilian legal environment, especially in regards to investment in agribusiness
  • How can investors best manage the key compliance issues related to agricultural investment, including labor, tax, environmental, purchase and contract restrictions
Alvaro Schmidt Gallo, Of Counsel, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
Ricardo Quass Duarte, Partner, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
12:30PM The Scarcity Factor Theory and the impact on commodities prices and its derivatives futures quotes
  • Demographic trends and The Scarcity Factor
  • The relation between the new world pattern of consumption and commodities prices.
  • Opportunities for investments on such scenario
  • Arable land as a real asset investment.
  • Robots and Algo Trading, the new agriculture derivative traders
Rodrigo A Gomes de Oliveira, M.Sc, Director - Head Of Strategy, Agro Financeira
1:00PM Close of conference followed by networking lunch

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