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United States Department of Agriculture


Joy Harwood, Director, Economic Policy Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency,USDA, Washington, DC

USDA Outlook for Grains & Oilseeds 
Speaker:  Mark Simone, Food Grain Analyst, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC

Outlook for El Nino and its impact on global crop weather
Speaker:   Harlan Shannon, Meteorologist, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

State of Argentine Farm Policy and market conditions post-election
Speaker:  Ramiro Costa, Chief Economist, Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The session will include a discussion on the impacts of international exchange rates and world sugar and energy markets on the domestic sugar industry; the impacts of the Mexican/U.S. suspension agreement, the TPP and the privatization of Mexican mills on the Mexican sugar industry; EU reform and implications of TTIP on sugar markets.
Moderator: Barbara Fecso, Director, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Washington, DC  

Using Financial instruments in World Sugar Trade
Discussion from a banker's perspective on world events such as international currency exchange rate impacts on U.S. sugar market.
Speaker: Michael J. Swanson, Ag Economist, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, Bloomington, MN 

Sugar in Mexico: Implications from the AC/CVD Suspension Agreements     
The discussion will focus on changes that have occurred in Mexico since the implementation of the December 2014 Suspension Agreement on Sugar.
Speaker: Salvador Behar, Legal Counsel for International Trade, Secretaria de Economia, Washington, DC

EU Sugar Reform: Implications of the Ending of Production Sugar Quotas
Speaker will address the effects on production, exports, imports, trade-offs with isoglucose, raw sugar refining over the medium- to longer-term, and competitive effects, within the EU.
Toby Cohen, Vice President, Market Analysis, ASR Group


Joel Greene, Analyst, Agricultural Policy, Resources, Science, and Industry Division, Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

USDA Outlook for Livestock & Poultry 
Speaker: Shayle Shagam, Livestock Analyst, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC  

HPAI Update
Speaker:   John Clifford, Deputy Administrator, Veterinary Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Shifting Egg Production to a Cage-Free Environment
Speaker:  David Rettig, President and CEO, Rembrandt Foods, Spirit Lake, IA


Moderator: Christiano Nogueira Scheidegger Maia, Cotton Research Analyst, BTG Pactual, London, England

The U.S. and World Cotton Outlook for 2016/17
Speaker: Leslie Meyer, Senior Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC

STAX and Cotton Crop Insurance:  First Year Results
Speaker: Keith Coble, Giles Distinguished Professor, MIssissippi State University, MIssissippi State, MS

Cotton Production in Brazil: Opportunities and Challenges
Nicolas Rubio, Agricultural Attaché, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Embassy, Brazil


Peter Vitaliano, Vice President, Economic Policy & Market Research, National Milk Producers Federation, Arlington, VA

USDA Dairy Outlook 
Speaker: Amanda Steeneck, Dairy Analyst, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC

Developing Fairlife Milk
Speaker:  Michael McCloskey, Founder, Fairlife Foods, Chicago, IL

Dairy in Science-Based Nutrition
Speaker:  Allison L. Specht, Sourcing and Risk Manager, Dairy, Purchasing, Global Supply Chain, Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH