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Thomas Mielke of OIL WORLD predicts bearish outlook for oilseeds and oilmeals in 2014 at Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit

Carl Casale, keynote speaker, addresses attendees during his "Staying Relevant in a Rapidly Changing World" presentation.


BOSTON (11/1/13) – Attendees at last week’s 8th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit in Minneapolis, Minn., benefitted from key market insights provided by renowned industry analysts and executives, including Thomas Mielke, editor of OIL WORLD, and Carl Casale, CEO of CHS, the nation’s leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.

With a projected world population of over 9 billion by 2050, all speakers spoke of the need to double the food supply by that time. Compounding this need were several factors, as outlined by Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director of HighQuest Partners, the agribusiness strategic consulting firm that hosts the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit. Among these factors were:

• Growing urbanization of the global population which is putting pressure on available arable land for crop production and increasing reliance on processed foods;
• Fast growing middle classes in developing markets which are shifting from grain to protein-based diets; and
• Constraints on the supply of crops due to competition for water with other uses, climate change, and a slowdown in yield increases of the major crops.

Lapérouse also pointed to the linkage of the agricultural sector to the energy markets due to biofuel policies implemented in major markets around the world. Additionally noted was the lack of human capital needed to support a growing agricultural sector as a result of generational transfer in both developed and developing markets, and inadequate capacity building in developing markets.

Mielke of OIL WORLD, the leading independent forecasting service for global research and market analyses of oilseeds, oils & fats and oilmeals, echoed these concerns over the challenges of being able to meet future demand for food crops, noting that agricultural land has become a limiting factor worldwide with land values having more than doubled within the past six years.

“In conclusion,” said Mielke, while predicting a bearish outlook for 2014, “while underlying market demand for oilseeds and meals is strong in the near-term, we need to focus more on higher yields and global solutions to the volume and logistics problems the industry is facing.”

The more than 600 attendees at the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit had access to outstanding networking opportunities with hundreds of traders and importers, including representatives from prominent companies such as Jilin Grain Group and Xiamen Mingsui Grains & Oils Trading Company, both from China, and Fiagril Ltd. from Brazil. Buyers from several other countries, including Singapore, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, were in attendance as well. The conference addresses current trends and developments in the oilseed sector (soybeans, canola/rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed and tropical oils) as well as across the major feed grains (corn, wheat, barley, sorghum, oats, etc.).

HighQuest Partners is launching the first Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA in Barcelona, Feb. 5-6. 2014. To learn more and register for this international event, visit www.oilseedcongress.com.

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