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Major geopolitical trends to impact global agribusiness revealed at Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit

DANVERS, Mass., September 22, 2014 – How are geopolitical trends unfolding worldwide likely to affect the global agricultural economy? What changes looming on the horizon should market participants anticipate to ensure that their businesses are ready to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that these trends present?

These questions and more will be answered at this year’s 9th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit as featured speaker and geopolitical strategist, Peter Zeihan, takes the stage on the final day of the conference. The Summit, hosted by HighQuest Group and taking place this year in New Orleans, October 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency, is the largest annual industry event that convenes buyers, sellers and global leaders in the oilseed, protein meals, vegetable oils and feed grains sectors.

Zeihan, a former Stratfor executive, will discuss how major geopolitical trends are currently shaping the global financial system and commodities markets and how they will do so in the medium and long term. Special attention will be paid to emerging trends in key agricultural markets such as North and South America, China, Mexico and the Black Sea region.

In addition to explaining what and why geopolitical events are occurring, Zeihan will address how they affect different industries and what companies and organizations can to do prepare themselves for the changes.

In a pre-conference interview, Zeihan talked about the outlook for Argentina. In the long term, he said, “If there is ever going to be a second major agricultural power on the planet [other than the U.S.], it is going to be Argentina,” noting that this wouldn’t happen during the current Argentinian government term. He also explained the reasons he felt it likely that Argentina would again default on its sovereign debt.

Zeihan’s presentation will be the capstone to a dynamic, informative and comprehensive gathering of oilseed and grain stakeholders from around the globe, and promises to be a unique opportunity for them to better understand how global events affect their individual businesses, allowing them to capitalize on the world’s growing demand for feed, food and fuel.

Registration is still open for the Summit, and use of the promotional code: PR7-OGTS14 will provide a 10% discount. Additional content includes a full-day, pre-event Animal Protein Seminar, as well as two days of sessions on relevant industry topics including commodity risk management, trade financing, food and ingredient trends, feed, transportation and much more.

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HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a globally recognized strategic advisory and industry conference company serving the food, agriculture and biofuels markets. www.highquestgroup.com.


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