Skip Navigation
Office of the Chief Economist
United States Department of Agriculture


Joy Harwood, Director, Economic Policy Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, 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: Savador Behar, Legal Counsel for International Trade, Secretaria de Economia, Washington, DC

EU Sugar Reform: Implications of the Ending of Production 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.


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
Speaker: Nicolas Rubio, Agricultural Attaché, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Embassy, Brazil


Moderator: 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, Collumbus, OH






Toby Cohen, Vice President, Market Analysis, ASR Group

onterra (USA), Rosemont, IL