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Global AgInvesting 2009 Conference Focuses on Opportunities and Sustainability

Jun. 25, 2009 5:41 AM ETDD, BG, DBA1 Comment
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Michael Ferrari

On June 22 and 23, I attended the Global AgInvesting 2009 conference in New York, sponsored by Soyatech. This week’s commodity report is a summary of the main themes covered during the two day event.

The timeliness of this conference attracted participants from all over the world, with a noticeably large representation of growers/land developers in South America. Further, the conference was generally very well attended with a mix of banks/funds, land investors, analysts and growers, without any one group being particularly dominant – the overall attendance directly contrasts with many of the recent commodity events that I have been to (and others that I have declined), most of which seem to be suffering from the broader effects of cost cutting and travel restrictions. The conference was marketed as an event to address the following questions:

  • What are some of the demand drivers for crops over the next decade?
  • What are some of the risks?
  • Where will the new major croplands be developed?
  • How will prices respond to these anticipated trends?
  • Will the infrastructure be sufficient to handle projected demand?
  • How can investors participate?

Day 1 – Supply, Demand & Infrastructure

The first sign of a good program is a diverse lineup of speakers. From my experience, most conference value actually comes from outside of the lecture, whether it be in poster sessions (this conference did not have any), coffee breaks or during the networking receptions. The speakers on the first day were certainly qualified in their respective areas. However, I did not come away from the morning sessions with anything particularly new or noteworthy. The first speaker of the day (Wayne Jones) is a division head at the OECD, providing a high level summary of their outlook as it pertains to changes in the primary

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Michael Ferrari is a Senior Scientist and Director of Commodities at aWhere, where his research and technology transfer activities focus on improving their global agricultural/climate/life sciences data platform. He is also the founder and principal at Atlas Research Innovations, which provides applied research and bespoke services to clients in the private and public sector, government, and academia. Previously, he was the Director of Agricultural Commodity Research & Risk Management for The Coca-Cola Company, the Director of Informatics and a Principal Scientist at NASA for Computer Sciences Corporation, Vice President of Applied Technology and Commodities at WTI, and a Research Scientist and Commodity Trader at Mars. He spends much of his time building tools and models with sensors and data, creating algorithms, and directing commercial research activities towards the examination of the global food and climate complex from a systems perspective. Michael is a frequent speaker at scientific, commodity and data/technology conferences around the world, where his talks focus on the confluence of human-environmental-technology interaction and the broader relationship of these topics to societal issues including climate, food and energy security, and global change. Michael holds a PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Biophysical Modeling from Rutgers; his doctoral work in numerical modeling was supported by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

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It's not surprising very little of relevance or anything terribly exciting would come from the struggling DuPont AG & NUT platform. Dull DuPont and its subsumed seed house Pioneer have fallen embarrassingly behind industry leaders such as superior-managed Monsanto, and BASF, the largest chemical enterprise in the world, which is nearly three times the size of the much shrunken DuPont Company. ...funfun..
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