INTL FCStone Inc. announced the dates of its 11th annual Dairy Outlook Conference. Every major input and price factor affecting the international dairy market will be discussed Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19. The conference, featuring experts on dairy and related commodities and on the geography and economics of global supply, will be held at 230 S. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
"The conference provides invaluable insight into the U.S. and global dairy supply-and-demand forecast, as well as outlooks for every factor that influences prices," says Robert Chesler, vice president of FCStone, LLC's foodservice division.
Industry analysts and economists will join consultants from subsidiaries of INTL FCStone to discuss dairy, grains, oilseeds, meats and livestock, interest rates, currencies, energy, and weather in the major growing regions of the world.
Since factors that have an impact on the domestic price for milk and cheese reach well beyond cows and their feed, there will also be panels looking at the U.S. Farm Bill, the regulatory environment, producers' perspectives and Africa, plus a presentation on China by Marc Beck, senior vice president of export marketing for the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
Keynote speaker Blu Putnam, managing director and chief economist of CME Group, will start the formal program (with an economic overview) at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18. Additionally, Chesler will provide his outlook for the dairy markets, and technical analyst Peter Ullrich of Ullrich Analytics will wrap up the morning sessions.
The afternoon will begin with the panel discussion on the U.S. Farm Bill. Panelists will be Ed Gallagher, president of Dairy Farmers of America Risk Management; Chris Herlache, Schreiber Foods' risk management team leader, and Dave Kurzawski, senior broker FCStone, LLC.
Rene Friedman, vice president head of legal and compliance of INTL FCStone Inc. and David Porteous, attorney and partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, will talk about the Inside/Outside Regulatory Outlook and be followed by a look at the weather outlook by Joe D'Aleo, chief forecaster for WeatherBELL Analytics LLC. John Snell, managing director, FCStone, LLC will conclude the afternoon with an analysis of the energy market.
Thursday morning's program will include looks at grains, by Kyle Schrad, risk management consultant, FCStone, LLC; Africa, by panelists Marc Beck, executive vice president of the United States Dairy Export Council and David Hightower, president and editor of "The Hightower Report"; China with Marc Beck; and meats and livestock by Ryan Turner, risk management consultant, FCStone, LLC.
Sponsors of the conference are Ulmer & Berne LLP, Schreiber Foods, CME Group, Cheese Market News, and Eurex Group.