cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020
The Leading Global Agriculture Conference is Back for 2020 in Chicago
Focused on the hottest topics and latest innovation impacting the agricultural commodity markets
August 26-28, 2020 | ChicagoRegister Now
August 26 - Barchart HQ (View Directions)
10:30am - 1:30pm - Ag Media Roundtable and Lunch (for Media Only)
A private meetup for all Grain Summit 2020 Media Attendees at Barchart’s office! During this private session, we will discuss the various opportunities and challenges ag media faces. Attendees will receive an in-depth look at the latest tools available from Barchart to help better engage your audience with local data and information. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for the cmdty Media Network and receive training of Barchart products on the spot.
Once the private session is over, you will enjoy an exclusive boat tour of Chicago with the rest of the Grain Summit 2020 attendees, followed by an opening night cocktail reception back at Barchart’s office. After the opening reception, Media attendees will enjoy a private dinner at a downtown Chicago restaurant (details to be announced closer to the event).
** The Ag Media Roundtable and Lunch is explicitly for Grain Summit 2020 Media Attendees. If you work in Ag Media, register for your free ticket today!
2:00pm - 4:00pm - Chicago Tour (start at Barchart HQ)
4:00pm - 6:00pm - Opening Reception
Join us for an opening night cocktail reception at Barchart's office. There will be a full bar as well as hors d'oeuvre's for you to enjoy while connecting with colleagues.
6:30pm - 8:30pm - Ag Media Private Dinner
August 27 - VenueSIX10, Feinberg Theatre (View Directions)
8:00am - Breakfast & Networking (Landing)
Join us before the main event begins for breakfast as well as time for networking with other industry professionals.
9:00am - Welcome to cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020
Barchart CEO, Mark Haraburda welcomes attendees to cmdtyExchange Grain Summit 2020.
9:05am - Keynote: Charlie Carey, Partner at HC Technologies, CME Group Board of Directors, Former Chairman of the CBOT
Charlie Carey's roots extend deep into the grain markets, and into the evolution of the CBOT and CME. Carey is a third-generation member of the CBOT. Both his grandfather, Peter Carey and uncle Bernard Carey are former Chairman of the CBOT. Carey has been a member of the CBOT since 1978 and was first elected Chairman in 2003. As Chairman, Carey spearheaded the transformation of the CBOT into a public company in 2005 and its 2007 merger with CME. Carey serves as a member of CME Group's Board of Directors, is a partner with HC Technologies, Chairman of the Commodity Markets Council and Chairman of the CME Group Foundation. At cmdtyExchange 2020, Carey will reflect on the evolution of the grain markets, the transformation from open outcry to electronic futures trading and the future of grain price discovery and risk management.
9:25am - Grain Market PerspectivesPanel
Each panelist will bring their own unique perspective on the grain markets to an engaging on-stage discussion on market drivers, fundamentals and the impact of technology.
10:05am - Microsoft on Data and Analytics for Farming and Decision MakingInnovation Presentation
Increase yield, lower cost, less food waste, food safety, more sustainable farming, and dealing with uncertain conditions – the future of Agriculture challenges is requiring us to make better decisions along the Food and Ag value chain. Data & Analytics allows us to put context around years of aggregated field-centric data and detect coherences, that allow us to take proactive and preventative action.
10:20am - Coffee Break (Landing)
10:50am - How BulkLoads is Connecting Carriers to MerchandisersFireside Chat
11:20am - Ethanol: Politics, Policy and ProfitabilityPanel
In this panel, we will explore how the renewable fuels standard (RFS), production and blending subsidies, and other government policies impact the profitability of ethanol production. We will also take a look at how trade policy, including China tariffs, impact our agricultural export markets and global crop prices, and therefore the cost of core feedstocks for ethanol production. Finally, we will hear how some producers are using data science initiatives to drive higher profitability.
12:00pm - How the USDA is Driving Open DataInnovation Presentation
A look inside The Agricultural Transportation Open Data platform - a free, online platform that enables agricultural stakeholders and the general public to view, access, and download public data about the transportation of agricultural products by rail, truck, barge, and ocean.
12:15pm - Lunch & Networking in the Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)
Join us for a catered lunch on the 9th floor of Venue SIX10 overlooking Lake Michigan and Grant Park. Attendees will also be able to visit with exhibitors at this time and network with other professionals.
1:15pm - Keynote Presentation
1:35pm - AgYield's Cutting-Edge Software for Elevators and FarmersInnovation Presentation
AgYield is a software that was developed to help consult farmers on all of the tools that they can use to better market their grain. The software brings together the growers cost of production, cash sales/elevator contracts, futures and options, and crop insurance to identify the growers profitability and highlight any areas of risk that need to be mitigated.
1:50pm - Weather Data - Current Conditions and Extended OutlookPanel
Our panelists discuss how weather is being used today to inform grain market participants decision framework by providing perspectives throughout the value chain. With advanced intelligence and tools around weather changing day-to-day, what do the panelists see on the horizon and what is already starting to be adopted? How can market participants use this data to make better decisions around basis conditions, futures pricing, and how does that inform their buying/selling strategy?
2:30pm - Coffee Break (Landing)
2:45pm - Leveraging Technology in Ag with Land O'LakesInnovation Presentation
Farming is an uncertain business. However, American farmers have continuously leveraged technology to improve their businesses and reduce risk. In the presentation, Teddy Bekele, will cover the current and future digital technology trends impacting all of us as consumers but also transforming agriculture into a data driven tech-forward industry.
3:00pm - Women in Agriculture: Challenges and SuccessesPanel
Females in the agricultural technology industry face many challenges when it comes to attracting investments for their firms. This panel brings together a strong group of female entrepreneurs who will discuss the resilience of women in ag and how they were able to overcome their own personal obstacles in an industry made up predominately of men.
3:30pm - Main Street DataInnovation Presentation
3:45pm - Advances in Grain Data and Market Analysis with BarchartFireside Chat
Barchart executives will take the stage to give attendees an in-depth look into the company's latest products and services for Grain and Ag professionals.
4:15pm - 6:15pm - Grain Summit Brewery Tour and Networking in the Exhibit Hall (9th Floor)
The day will end back on the 9th floor where attendees will be able to taste and enjoy craft beers from 4 local Chicago breweries. If craft beer isn't your thing, we'll still have a full bar available for you plus you'll be able to enjoy hors d'oeuvres. During this time attendees will be able to network inside the exhibit hall as well as receive demos of Barchart's commodity trading software.
6:30pm - Commodity Pricing Network dinner at Taureaux Tavern - Invite Only
8:00am - Registration / Breakfast
9:00am - 10:15am - cmdty Redefined
This exclusive and invite-only session will include Barchart's Chief Technology Office (Chris Harrison), Head of Commodities (Michael Browne) and Head of Strategy (Keith Petersen), and will feature an overview of the cmdty ecosystem, in-depth analysis of the flagship cmdtyView platform, a review of cmdty's proprietary data sets and grain data.
10:15am - 10:45am - A Discussion with CME Group
Attendees will be able to hear from Fred Seamon, Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development of CME Group. Fred will provide attendees with an update on the latest product offerings from CME Group.
10:45am - 11:00am
Q&A and discussion with industry peers as well as Barchart and CME Group staff.
Advances in Grain Data and Market Analysis
CEO of Barchart
Mark Haraburda has been CEO of Barchart since May 2016. He previously served as Managing Director of Business Development & Sales at Barchart from 2007. Previous experience includes roles with the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (Cboe) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Mark has a Master of Financial Markets degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bradley University.
Head of Strategy at Barchart
Keith has been Head of Strategy at Barchart since September 2017. Keith’s experience includes stops at Bank of America, IMC Financial Markets, CME Group. His background is in business development, M&A strategy, and product, with a focus on Equities, FX, and the physical commodities ecosystem. Keith has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Head of Sales of Commodity Sales at Barchart
Michael Browne has been Head of Commodity Sales at Barchart since June 2017. His previous roles include product management, product development and business unit leadership. Michael has an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, an M.S. in Information Services from Golden Gate University, and BS in Engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.
Partner at HC Technologies, CME Group Board of Directors, Former Chairman of the CBOT
Charlie Carey's roots extend deep into the grain markets, and into the evolution of the CBOT and CME. Carey is a third-generation member of the CBOT. Both his grandfather, Peter Carey and uncle Bernard Carey are former Chairman of the CBOT. Carey has been a member of the CBOT since 1978 and was first elected Chairman in 2003. As Chairman, Carey spearheaded the transformation of the CBOT into a public company in 2005 and its 2007 merger with CME. Carey serves as a member of CME Group's Board of Directors, is a partner with HC Technologies, Chairman of the Commodity Markets Council and Chairman of the CME Group Foundation.
Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development at CME Group
Fred Seamon has been with the Exchange since December 2001 and has served as Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development of CME Group since spring 2017. He is responsible for conducting research on the structure and performance of commodity markets, which is used to monitor the performance of and maintain the viability of CME Group commodity futures and options contract markets. He also is responsible for investigating the feasibility of new commodity futures contracts and writing trading rules for new commodity futures. During his tenure, Seamon has been heavily involved in the creation of multiple domestic and international agricultural and ethanol futures contracts. Prior to joining the company in 2001, Seamon was on faculty at the University of Wyoming, where he conducted research in commodity marketing issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a PhD in applied economics from Clemson University.
Innovation in Ag
Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering
Claudia Roessler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships for Digital Innovation and Ag Tech in the agriculture ecosystem. Help the Agriculture ecosystem to achieve growth momentum enabled by AI/Cognitive computing, IOT, data & advanced analytics, social engagement and new customer experiences. Claudia joined the Advisory Board for Women in Food and Agriculture. Claudia Roessler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Germany. She held several international roles with focus on Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Partner strategy and Industry.
Deputy Director of the Transportation Services Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Adam Sparger is the Deputy Director of the Transportation Services Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing economic analysis on agricultural transportation to industry stakeholders and policy officials. He leads projects responsible for providing data and information on truck, rail, barge, and ocean transportation including the weekly Grain Transportation Report, the Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly Report, and a transportation open-data initiative. He also supports the representation of agricultural producers and shippers before Federal transportation regulatory authorities. Prior to his current position, he was a USDA rail-freight economist and authored reports and academic articles on agricultural transportation used to inform industry stakeholders and USDA freight policy.
President of AgYield
Justin grew up in Western Illinois working on his family’s farm. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness Management in 2002. After graduation he began working for Iowa Grain Company’s research department and became a CBOT member and corn pit broker. Justin left the trading floor in 2006 to become the President of EHedger where he helps agricultural producers and lenders manage their risk. In 2007 Justin designed the first version of AgYield’s software platform and he continues to manage the developmental stages and key advancements of the state-of-the-art software. As President of AgYield, Justin plays a major role in strategy development while overseeing all day-to-day aspects of the business.
Chief Technology Officer of Land O’Lakes
Teddy serves as the Chief Technology Officer, leading Land O’Lakes’ Ag Tech and IT organizations and is responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions for retail and farmer customers to help them produce more sustainable outputs by leveraging agronomic insights from Answer Plot® locations, labs, the Winfield United Innovation Center and the collective knowledge of our organization. Teddy’s application of technology and data to the practice of farming has shaped product offerings such as WinField United's R7® Tool, Answer Tech and ATLAS portal. Prior to his current role, Teddy served as Vice President, Ag Technology for WinField United, as well as Business CIO for WinField United providing full IT management and leadership responsibilities. Teddy holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Data
Ron serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Data. Ron has spent more than 40 years pioneering new opportunities for traditional and emerging industries as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He brings a unique perspective to Main Street Data’s leadership team that was achieved through diverse executive leadership experiences and spanning the full spectrum of company development.
In addition to his role with Main Street Data, Ron is the managing director and co-founder of OpenAir Equity Partners, where he recognizes innovation and guides up-and-coming companies in successfully applying technology in the marketplace. Prior to starting OpenAir Equity Partners, he spent decades in senior leadership roles with Sprint (President and COO), AT&T and Southwestern Bell, working in an environment known for innovation and budding technologies. As the first employee and CEO of Sprint PCS, Ron guided the company from start-up to $10B in annual revenue faster than any company in U.S. history. After leaving Sprint in 2003, Ron became a partner with Ripplewood Holdings, where he helped orchestrate the turn-around of Japan Telecom as its CEO. Ron also was instrumental in the formation of GoGo In flight Internet Services, the leading broadband in-flight Internet service, serving as CEO and now Chairman. He currently serves on the boards of GoGo In flight Internet Services (GOGO), Hyla Mobile (HYLA) and Zubie.
Grain Market Perspectives
Principal at John Stewart and Associates
Brian Burke brings 25 years of agricultural market experience across a broad spectrum of risk management platforms. Joining JSA in 2011, then later becoming a managing principal in the firm, Brian consults and advises managers of commodity risk across a wide variety of agricultural business. Prior to joining JSA, Brian managed all trading activities for an international biofuels firm with physical assets in the United States, Brazil and Europe. Responsibilities included all physical trading and risk positions in ethanol, grains, sugar, by-products, and transportation assets. Prior to this, Brian traded and managed various grain and oilseed operations with ADM for 11 years.
Director of Risk Consulting Services at CHS Inc.
Kent is the Director of Risk Consulting Services for CHS Hedging, managing the market recommendations for the Russell Consulting Group, a wholly owned consulting arm of CHS Hedging. His time is spent analyzing the markets and advising Russell associates and clients via teleconference and a weekly electronic newsletter. He also provides numerous seminars in person to clients and the industry at large. Prior to his affiliation with the Russell Consulting Group, Kent was a senior market analyst with CHS Hedging, Inc. He worked with commercial agribusinesses and individual producers delivering futures and basis analysis, over-the-counter (OTC) derivative programs, and managed futures programs. Kent began his agribusiness career in 1985 with the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and then joined CHS in 1986 to work in the cash wheat, durum, and barley markets. Kent majored in Agricultural Business Administration at the University of Minnesota. He holds a Series 3 license and is a registered associate with the National Futures Association.
President of Brugler Marketing and Management LLC
Alan R. Brugler is the President of Brugler Marketing & Management, LLC, a Nebraska based marketing advisory and consulting service started in 2002. From 1992-2002 he was the Senior Analyst and then Director of Analysis and Product Research for Data Transmission Network (DTN). Prior to joining DTN, he was the Director of Market Information Services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation from 1978-1992. He has been writing market commentary and speaking to farm industry audiences on economics and marketing for more than 40 years.
President of AgResource
Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago. AgResource forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends and provides information/research. Mr Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the market research needs of the world agricultural community. Mr Basse sits as a board member of the US Farm Foundation and holds global conferences on agriculture in Canada, Switzerland and Brazil.
President of Darin Newsom Analysis
Darin Newsom has 30 years experience analyzing commodity markets; covering grains and oilseeds, livestock, energies, metals, softs, etc and understanding the different characteristics of each. He has appeared on numerous financial television programs to talk markets, and is a regular analyst on the Iowa Public Television program Market to Market. He is a market columnist and technical analyst blogger, whose work has been featured on websites and in magazines for decades. Darin is well known internationally on the speaking tour, providing his unique analytical observations and years of experience on market outlook and how markets work by looking at trend, forward curves, and other market indicators.
Ethanol: Politics, Policy and Profitability
Chief Economist of the RFA
Scott Richman joined RFA as Chief Economist in August 2018. He oversees the development and execution of research and analysis initiatives to support the Association’s public policy, regulatory, and public relations objectives. Most recently, Scott served as Senior Vice President and Co-head of North America Consulting for Informa Agribusiness Consulting. In this role, he developed the ethanol and agricultural biotechnology practice areas and co-managed the 15-person consulting group. Scott has provided agribusiness research and intelligence to Informa’s clients for over 25 years, including RFA and other private and public bioenergy stakeholders. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where he specialized in international business and was an Honorary International Fellow.
Mike Jerke is CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He began his career with Archer Daniels Midland and worked with other agricultural-based commodity businesses before transitioning into the ethanol industry in 2001 as General Manager at QuadCounty Corn Processors (QCCP) in Galva, Iowa. After spending eight years with QCCP, Mike took on similar roles at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, Minnesota, Guardian Energy in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Corn Plus in Winnebago, Minnesota. A believer in the need to be engaged in policy development and public education about our industry, Mike was a founding board member of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and instrumental in the development of the Minnesota Biofuels Association. Mike is a board member of the Renewable Fuels Association, vice president of IRFA, and treasurer of the Renewable Fuels Foundation. Mike attributes his strong affinity for farmer owned/developed enterprises to influential instruction at Iowa State University and his firm conviction that farmers can collectively leverage their resources and ingenuity to achieve outcomes that are not as attainable on an individual basis.
Director, Price Risk Management at World-Kinect Energy Services
Mr. Huenefeld is responsible for helping World-Kinect Energy Services clients navigate the volatility of energy markets through the use of a variety of risk management tools. He acts as World-Kinect Energy Services' primary communicator of the many drivers that impact near-and long-term energy costs utilizing periodic reports, presentations, and conference calls tailored to the needs and objectives of each client. Throughout his time in the industry, Andy has had the opportunity to speak about various market-related topics at energy conferences across the country and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Before getting his start in energy, Andy had a background in financial services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Louisville.
CEO of EcoEngineers
Shashi Menon holds over 20 years of business strategy and business development experience in finance, commercial real estate investments, and renewable energy consulting. He is a cofounder of EcoEngineers and has worked closely with federal and state regulators and the biofuel industry over the past 10 years to frame policy to enable successful projects. He collaborated with the USEPA throughout the QAP rulemaking process to develop a balanced rule that controls costs and promotes credit liquidity. Mr. Menon is committed to building a clean energy economy. His formula for a successful renewable energy project are regulatory compliance, a value-add technology, and monetization of carbon premiums to finance startup and operations. His directive and vision for EcoEngineers is to help the company’s clients position their businesses on these three pillars of success.
Market Engagement, Agriculture Americas at S&P Global Platts
Mark Novakovich spent over 12 years working in commodity markets before joining S&P Global Platts in 2018. His career has spanned positions in risk, trading, and brokerage, and he has worked in both energy and agricultural markets. He earned an M.Sc. in Transportation Management from the State University of New York—Maritime College, and has a particular interest in waterborne commodity flows. Mark understands the needs of commodity market participants, and in his current role, he advises clients on utilizing Platts index-based physical and financial contracts.
Operating Partner at BulkLoads
Highly proven and accomplished entrepreneur in the agriculture and bulk commodity industry with experience as a driver, dispatcher, and logistics management. My area of specialization includes negotiating bulk freight loads for hopper bottoms, end dumps, belts, walking floors, pneumatic and tanker trailer types. In relation, I co-founded and developed a trucking logistics program, Bulkloads.com, that connects shippers, carriers, and brokers together to ease the load search process with a few easy steps. Bulkloads.com has a network with over 10,000 members that moved approximately $3 Billion in commodities in 2019. Aside from the load board, I saw a great need for a factoring company that focuses on the trucker to better their business in every aspect possible without the taxing fees and contracts. I along with three others, co-founded Smart Freight Funding that specializes in removing the financial issues that come with the daily operations of an owner/operator business and hone on customer service. I operate with the highest integrity on a proven set of skills which include critical thinking, strategic business planning, and valued relationship building. I am committed to my work and my passion lays in mentoring those who are entering industry.
Chief Revenue Officer at Mercaris
Tatum Smigelski joined Mercaris as Chief Revenue Officer in October of 2019 with a record of achievement as a global business development executive growing emerging markets in the commodity sector. She has deep domain expertise and a background of consistent success in delivering exceptional sales results through strategic target setting and a focus on execution. Before coming to Mercaris, Tatum held several leadership roles at Refinitiv, a market data vendor providing insights and trading platforms to the global financial community. Prior to Refinitiv Smigelski was with The Weather Company, an IBM Business, utilizing her passion for meteorology to provide actionable insights to consumers and businesses across the globe. Drawing from her nearly two decades of experience, Smigelski is directing Mercaris’ strategy and execution, and leading go-to-market efforts in customer acquisition and partner collaboration to meet aggressive growth objectives. Tatum was awarded WISA (Women Sales Awards) North America: Best Women Sales Capability Manager in 2018 for achievements in influencing culture change, diversity & inclusion, leadership, and mentorship. She holds a BS in Aviation and Meteorology from Ohio University.
Christopher Hyde is a Meteorologist and leads the WeatherDesk sales team at Maxar in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA. Mr. Hyde has been employed with Maxar since 1998. As a Meteorologist, Mr. Hyde is responsible for contributing to the consensus 30/60 day and seasonal forecasts. Phone consultation with industry traders and meteorologists about the latest forecast view is part of the daily routine for Mr. Hyde. Besides forecast responsibilities, Mr. Hyde manages a team in both the U.S. and United Kingdom responsible for selling Maxar’s energy and agricultural products, worldwide, by letting current clients know about new products and finding perspective energy and agricultural clients. Over the past decade, Mr. Hyde has tripled the amount of weather clients that subscribe to various services and products. Mr. Hyde is a frequent conference speaker and travels to events world-wide each year including North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Chris is also on the Board of Directors for WRMA (Weather Risk Management Association).
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer at FarmOp
Technological advances in agriculture are not new to Darwin. He’s been helping provide them for more than 20 years. In fact, Darwin’s most recent venture helped to revolutionize the buying and selling of farm equipment. Iron Solutions – now Trimble - provided equipment dealers with pricing, risk management, residual value management and more. Darwin’s dedication to bringing solutions to farmers can be traced back to his roots, growing up on a grain farm in western Canada. In addition to his role at FarmOp, Darwin serves as an Outside Director for the Western Equipment Dealers Association.
Senior Economist at Farm Journal
With a diverse range of experiences in the commodity industry, Rob Hatchett’s insights reflect both his experience in the commercial trade as well as in fundamental market analysis. Rob’s career began over a decade ago with Gavilon LLC in Omaha, NE before moving to Memphis, TN where he currently lives and provides fundamental market analysis to clients with Doane Advisory Services. Throughout his career, Rob has relied heavily on accurate weather data to form trading decisions and the same goes for his ongoing analyses of the U.S. crop supply and price outlooks.
Markets Editor at RFD-TV
Marlin Bohling grew up on and eventually operated a diversified family farm operation on the Kansas/Nebraska border. His experience also includes being a District Manager for DTN, an employee of USDA, owner of a restaurant business, an ag website founder, podcaster, and voiceover artist. By 2002, he had transitioned into a full time farm broadcaster on local, regional, and national radio and TV networks including RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM with studios in Nashville, TN.
Women in Agriculture: Challenges and Successes
Senior Agricultural Commodities Reporter at Bloomberg News
Isis Almeida is a senior reporter covering agricultural commodities for Bloomberg in Chicago, writing about everything from cocoa to sugar, wheat to soybeans, and animal protein markets. In her current role, she covers markets globally and also follows some of the top companies in the industry. Isis joined Bloomberg in 2011 as a soft-commodities reporter in London.
Chief Strategy Officer at GrainBridge
Faith currently lives with her husband and three children in Minneapolis, MN, where they enjoy their acreage on Lake Minnetonka spending time boating, fishing and exploring the outdoors. Faith has a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Masters in Business Administration from University of Nebraska – Omaha. Faith’s experience is diverse across industries and practice, where she has practiced law, served in high-level financial roles and focused on driving growth through business development. Faith has worked in venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and commodity trading. She is known for driving strategic growth across many industries.
Founder and CEO of CNSRV-X Inc. (Conserve X)
Alison Sunstrum is Founder/CEO of CNSRV-X Inc. (Conserve X) a Canadian company researching and applying blockchain technology in agriculture. Formerly as Co-CEO/Founder of GrowSafe Systems Ltd. she grew their skunkworks from an Alberta garage to global operations receiving International recognition for science-based innovation. GrowSafe developed a technology platform that acquired data continuously from individual animals and their environment improving farm profitability and reducing the carbon footprint of livestock production. Prior to this Alison led the development of one of Canada’s first electronic data interchange projects with a Canadian railroad. Alison holds patents for innovative technology and has presented widely on Big Data, the Internet of Livestock Things, and commercializing early stage technology ventures. She is a member of Canada’s National Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table, the Agri-Food Innovation Council, and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. A passionate advocate for advancing women in STEM and Agriculture, Alison is an Associate of the Creative Destruction Lab and is a member of several Angel Investment groups investing in emerging technology in Agriculture.
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