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New Boston Ag Club offers critical ag knowledge and unsurpassed networking opportunities
  (4.16.2015)

BOSTON, April 16, 2015 – HighQuest Group, a global strategic advisory, conference, and media firm serving the ag sector, today hosted the inaugural meeting of the Boston Ag Club at the Union Club of Boston here.

An intimate gathering of participants from ag-sector businesses convened to learn more about global demand, production, trends and drivers for the corn and soybean industries as presented by Bill Devens, co-head of HighQuest’s consulting practice and a former soybean meal trader at Bunge. Attendees enjoyed lunch and expanded networking opportunities, making important connections with those in the sector.

“After repeated requests from many of the world’s most prominent agricultural industry companies, funds, and investors globally that we work with here in Boston and abroad, we decided to launch a Boston Ag Club,” said Greg Mellinger, CEO of HighQuest Group, who also noted that the launch of the New York Ag Club will be later this month on April 27. “Our goal is to bring together agribusiness and aginvesting market participants to facilitate networking, coordinate professional development, and promote business success among regional stakeholders.”

At today’s meeting, Devens spoke of Trends in Global Ag Investing, addressing key factors that impact the assessments of such trends, like government policies surrounding biofuels, transportation infrastructure, access to capital for farmers, food and feed safety issues, and food security issues. Highlights of the key trends include:

• For corn, the U.S. still dominates the market, but China is in the swing market, likely to become a major importer going forward
• For soybean, Brazil is the dominant player, but expansion in Paraguay and Uruguay is moving these countries to the forefront, while demand in the EU is declining

“Investments all along the agricultural value chain are recommended, but the major areas to consider include farmland, agtech improvements, infrastructure issues, transportation improvements and food security issues,” said Devens to the Boston Ag Club.

The Boston Ag Club will meet four times a year for luncheons from noon to 2 p.m. that include networking and brief presentations by industry experts. The remaining Thursday meetings for 2015, which will all be held at the Union Club, are: June 11, September 10 and November 12. For more information about the Boston Ag Club, email bostonagclub@highquestgroup.com.
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About HighQuest

HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a strategic advisory, conference, and media firm serving corporations, financial investors, and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. Founded in 2000, HighQuest has successfully completed over 300 strategic advisory engagements and hosts preeminent industry events including the Global AgInvesting series, AgTech Week, Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series.

HighQuest Media publishes information about agricultural markets through industry reports, subscription newsletters, and the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the leading directory and information resource for the global oilseed and grain industry. www.highquestgroup.com

 

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