Please join leading decision makers in the agribusiness industry as they discuss the key challenges and prospects for growth in 2013. This complimentary conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the direction of our industry and network with members of the agribusiness community. Presentations and confirmed panelists include:

Challenges to Growth in an Uncertain World

Panelists will include:
Charles Adair, Vice Chairman, BMO Capital Markets (Moderator)
Cheryl Beebe, Chief Financial Officer, Ingredion Incorporated
Rob Hovde, Chief Financial Officer, Rosen's Diversified
Dan Knutson, Chief Financial Officer, Land O'Lakes

Protein, Dairy and Grain Companies Coping with Volatile Commodities Markets

Panelists will include:
Jacquie Fredericks, Managing Director, Capital Markets, CoBank (Moderator)
Mark Kaminsky, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Koch Foods, Inc.
Jim Ostrom, Chief Executive Officer, Milk Source, LLC
Hal Reed, Chief Operating Officer, The Andersons, Inc.

Technology Transforming Agricultural Production

Panelists will include:
Jennifer Wendrow, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank (Moderator)
Ron McMartin, Jr., President, MCM, Inc.
Keith Milburn, Senior Director Information Technology, Growmark Inc.
Jim Tobin, Director Biotech Business Development, Monsanto Company

Luncheon Presentation: State of International Trade

  • Key global economic and political issues that smart firms will be watching at home and abroad
  • How Brazil, Russia, India, China and other emerging economies are shaping global agriculture
  • Emerging trends
  • Leveraging and hedging against trends in international trade

Panelists will include:
Mickey Kantor, Former United States Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative
Susan Schwab, Former United States Trade Representative

Accessing International Markets

Panelists will include:
Jonathan Logan, Executive Vice President, CoBank (Moderator)
Rosemary Geelan, Director of Investor Relations, JBS USA
Dave Knowlton, Chief Financial Officer, Dawn Food Inc.
John Partington, Chief Financial Officer, AJC International

Global Overview of Agricultural Commodities as an Asset Class

  • Macroeconomic drivers for commodities, including growth prospects, currencies and interest rates
  • Global demographics and the structural adjustments driving commodity values
  • Agriculture's productivity challenge
  • Supply/demand and price highlights

Bruce Scherr, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics

A cocktail reception hosted by BMO Financial Group and CoBank, ACB will immediately follow the presentation.

This event is complimentary.

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

Mayer Brown
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

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