Available presentations from the 2015 Summit can be found below by clicking a speaker's name. The presentation password can be found in your event guide and on the OGTS 2015 mobile app. 

 

Questions? Email conferences@highquestgroup.com. We look forward to seeing you in 2016! 

 
Wednesday September 30, 2015 (Organic Non-GMO Forum) 
 
8:10-8:35
Overview of the Organic and Non-GMO Grain and Oilseed Marketplace

Kellee James, Founder & CEO, Mercaris

 
8:35-9:00
Defining and Comparing Costs, Yields and Benefits for Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Farm Practices

Kate Leavitt, Director, Soybean Sales, SunOpta 

 

9:00-9:25
Organic & Non-GMO, Dairy & Livestock: Challenges in Feed Supply and Production Practices
Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris
 
9:25-9:55 - Coffee Break
 
9:55-10:20
GMO Testing Protocols: What's the Current Science?

Jamie Welch, Scientist, Envirologix

 
10:20-10:45
What Does Organic Labeling Mean?

Nathaniel Lewis, Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, Organic Trade Association (OTA)

 

10:45-11:10
Mandatory Biotech Labeling vs. Voluntary Non-GMO Labeling

Mark Rokala, Founder, Rokala Public Affairs

 
11:10-11:55
PANEL: Managing Co-Existence of Conventional, Non-GMO and Organic Agriculture and Chain of Custody

Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth

Lisa Spicka, Maracuja Solutions

 
11:55-12:40 - Lunch
 
12:40-1:25
PANEL: Can Industry Work Together to Support Farmers' Right to Choose?

Moderator:

Peter Golbitz, Founder and Thought Leader, Agromeris

Panelists:

Kate Leavitt, Director, Soybean Sales, SunOpta 

Nathaniel Lewis, Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, Organic Trade Association (OTA)

Mark Rokala, Founder, Rokala Public Affairs

Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth

 
Wednesday September 30, 2015 (Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit) 

 

8:30-12:30

INTL FCStone Risk Management Short Course: Navigating Today’s Commodity Price Risk

Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, INTL FCStone

Doug Prohaska, Senior Commodity Risk Manager, INTL FCStone

 

12:00-2:00 - Welcome Coffee in Exhibit Hall

 

2:00-2:30 - Welcome 

Trends in the Global Ag Investing Landscape

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

 

2:30-3:15

Global Oilseed Outlook

Bill Lapp, President and Founder, Advanced Economic Solutions

 

3:15-4:00

The Impact of Financial Markets on Ag Markets Around the World

Erik Norland, Senior Economist and Executive Director, CME Group

 

4:00-4:45 - Coffee Break sponsored AGCO Corp.

                   

Exhibitor presentation by Scalable Data Systems at booth #12 & 13

 

4:45-5:30

Global Grain Outlook

Tom Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics, Inc.

 

5:30-6:15

Keynote: Unique Perspective on Cuba by Fidel Castro’s Daughter

Alina Fernández, Fidel Castro's Daughter

 

6:15-7:30 - Welcome Reception sponsored by Gray, Plant Mooty

 

7:30-10:00 - Buyer Dinner

 

Thursday October 1, 2015

 

9:00-9:45 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Animal Protein Market Round-Up

Rob Murphy, Senior Vice President, Livestock, Informa Economics, Inc. 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Consumer Trends Influencing Demand for Ag Commodities

Kara VanKleek, Global Marketing Director, CHS Processing and Food Ingredients

 

Global Trade Logistics: Transportation & Logistics Trends

Moderator:

Tom Williamson, Owner, Transportation Consultants Co.

Panelists:

Bradford Warner, Vice President, Marketing, Agspring

Ken Erickson, Informa Economics, Inc.

Stephen Lofberg, President, Montclair Marine Services 

 

 

9:55-10:40 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Addressing Critical Trade & Regulatory Issues

Chris Horseman, Editorial Director, Informa Agra

Roger Bernard, Policy Analyst, Informa Economics

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: The Defense of Food: Supply Chain Protection

Tim Boyer, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota

 

Global Trade Logistics: Origin Market Opportunities in South America 

Marco Rubin, Partner and Head of Grains, AgroConsult

 

10:40-11:25 - Coffee Break

 

11:25-12:10 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Managing Global Water Risks in the Animal Protein Sector

Eliza Roberts, Manager, Water Program, Ceres

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Sorghum

Tim Lust, CEO, Sorghum Checkoff

 

Global Trade Logistics: Strategies for Trade Financing

Moderator:

Arleen Nand, Finance Partner, DLA Piper LLP

Panelists:

Bahar Gökçe, Regional Manager, America Westford Trade Services  

Richard Helling, Vice President, Ag Commodity Trade Finance, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 

Prashant Mupparapu, Managing Director, Macquarie

 

12:10-1:50 - Lunch

 

1:50-2:35 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Trends in the Animal Feed Sector

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Scott Ainslie, Strategic Marketing and Technology Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition

Marc Yung, Business Unit Manager for Animal Proteins and Fats, Wilbur-Ellis Company

 

Oilseed & Grains Utilization: Trends in Vegetable Oil Utilization

Moderator:

Paul Smolen, Principal, AgriNetworks

Panelists:

David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader Grains and Oils, Dow AgroSciences

Susan Knowlton, Senior Research Manager, DuPont Company / DuPont Pioneer

Gerald McNeill, Vice President, Research and Development, IOI Loders Croklaan

 

Global Trade Logistics: Infrastructure Development 

Scott Sigman, Transportation & Export Infrastructure Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

 

2:45-3:30 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Aquaculture

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Steven Hart, Vice President of Education & Outreach, Global Aquaculture Alliance

Fabio Soller, Export Sales Specialist and Animal Nutrition Research, Cargill 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Trends in Plant Protein Utilization

Moderator:

Paul Smolen, Principal, AgriNetworks

Panelists:

David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader Grains and Oils, Dow AgroSciences

John Schillinger, President and Founder, Schillinger Genetics, Inc.

Naveen Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, TerViva, Inc. 

 

Global Trade Logistics: Capturing the Market Opportunity in Cuba and the Caribbean Basin

Moderator:

Mike Hergert, Co-Founder, Red River Farm Network 

Panelists:

Ron Gray, Past Chairman (2015), U.S. Grains Council

Thomas Marten, Manager, Stark County Farm Bureau

William A. Messina Jr., Agricultural Economist, University of Florida

 

3:40-4:15 - Coffee Break sponsored by Cargill

 

4:15-5:00 - Concurrent Track Sessions

 

Animal Protein: Buyers Panel

Moderator:

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners

Panelists:

Drew Lein, Markets Manager, Global Dairy Sourcing 

Rohil Shah, Senior Buyer, ARCOP Inc. 

 

Oilseeds & Grains Utilization: Biofuels

Moderator:

Alan L. Boyce, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Westland Solar Farms, LLC

Panelists:

Doug Berven, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, POET

Michael Rath, Executive Vice President Commodities and Risk Management, Darling Ingredients Inc.

 

Global Trade Logistics: Risk Management: Navigating a Volatile Market

Moderator:

Matt Ammermann, Commodity Risk Manager-CIS/Black Sea Region, INTL FCStone

Panelists:

Daniel Hofstad, Marketer, Cargill Risk Management

Tom Kowalski, Vice President, Procurement, Kellogg Company

Chip Lerwick, National Business Development Director, Aon Food System and Agribusiness Grou

 

5:00-6:30 - 10th Anniversary - Oktoberfest Party - sponsored by INTL FCStone

 

 

Friday October 2, 2015

 

 

9:00-9:45

Innovation in Agriculture

Moderator:

Lisa Prassack, President, Prassack Advisors

Panelists:

Joseph Byrum, Head Seeds Product Development - Soybean, Syngenta

D. Tony Franklin II, Director, Intel Internet of Things Group

Mike Macrie, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Land O’Lakes

 

9:45-10:30

The Impact of Weather on Global Agriculture

Corey Cherr, Head of Agriculture and Weather Research and Forecasts, Lanworth, Thomson Reuters

 

10:30-11:15 - Coffee break

 

11:15-12:00

The Intersection of GeoPolitics, Global Trade and Agriculture

David Hightower, Founding Principal, The HighTower Report

 

 

12:00-12:15

Close of program

 

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