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Conference examines forces affecting commodities prices

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Forces affecting commodities markets are the topic of a conference in Chicago.
Forces affecting commodities markets are the topic of a conference in Chicago.

Commodity risk-management consulting firm FCStone today announced the agenda and speaker lineup for the annual FCStone/Downes-O'Neill Outlook Conference, which takes place June 17-18 in Chicago.

The annual conference should have relevance to agribusinesses, farmers and the agriculture equipment industries.

"This is a critical time for everyone exposed to the risk of commodity price fluctuations to have as thorough an understanding as possible of how those risks may affect their businesses and their bottom lines," said Tom Gaughan, vice president of the food services division of FCStone.

Dennis Gartman, author of the influential Gartman Letter, will be the conference keynote speaker. Gartman has been providing commodity commentary since 1987 and has taught courses on capital markets creation and derivatives for banks, brokerage firms, governments and central banks throughout his career.

Douglas Southgate, an Ohio State University agricultural economist and co-author of The World Food Economy, will speak on long-term trends in the demand, supply and prices in the global food economy.

Southgate will address what he considers to be the need for a new Green Revolution in agricultural equipment and other technology to ensure adequate future food supplies across the globe, FCStone said.

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