The 2011 INTL FCStone Outlook Conference has as its primary focus the global dairy industry, but also examines supply and demand factors influencing every major food-related commodity, as well as inputs and price influencers such as interest rates, energy, currencies, governmental legislation and regulations, and global weather patterns.
This year's theme is "The Most Important Subject on Earth," an acknowledgment of the critical importance of food, at a time when political and economic disruptions, rising energy prices and controversial new technologies are bringing food supply and demand issues to the forefront of the global agenda.
The continuing turmoil in the Middle East — exacerbated at least in part, according to many commentators, by food shortages and rising food prices in the region — will be addressed by the conference's keynote speaker, Shahar Arieli, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. His keynote address will help conference attendees understand what's happening in the region, and how various scenarios are likely to affect food and energy prices in the months and years ahead.
The influential market analyst David Hightower, publisher of The Hightower Report, will present his global financial outlook. Hightower, who has been a market analyst for more than a quarter century, is a frequent guest on CNN and Bloomberg TV. David Oppedahl, an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, also will offer a macroeconomic perspective on the U.S. and global economies.
Here's the full agenda for the conference. Register today!