Risk & Profit Conference Aug 18-19

Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host its annual Risk and Profit Conference and Trade Show Thursday-Friday, Aug. 18-19 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.

One of the keynote addresses will be from Fred Seamon, associate director of commodity research and product development with the CME Group. He will present “Hedging in 2011: What’s Changed and What Remains the Same” at the Aug. 18 luncheon.

At the CME Group, Seamon 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.

He has been involved in the creation of the CBOT Ethanol futures contract and the accompanying Ethanol Calendar Swap, as well as the creation of cleared-only agricultural swap products.

After the Thursday evening dinner, K-State agricultural economists Dan O’Brien and Glynn Tonsor will present this year’s grain and livestock outlooks.

Conference participants also may attend eight of 21 breakout sessions. Breakout session topics include everything from crop insurance volatility to machinery costs, including forecasting custom rates to international benchmarking of beef production. Presentations also will include land prices, biofuels contracting, using spreadsheets to manage expenses and the basics of futures and options.

The conference will feature a trade show with displays by agri-businesses and commodity groups.

Registration for both days, which includes four meals, plus conference proceedings on a CD and conference parking, is $210 for the first registration and $190 for each additional registration from the same organization, if paid by Aug. 12. One day registration if paid by Aug. 12 is $120 for the first registration and $110 for additional registrations from the same group.

After Aug. 12 and at the door, the fee is $230 for both days and $140 for one day.

For more information, go to www.agmanager.info/events/risk_profit/2011 or contact Rich Llewelyn at 785-532-1504 or email rvl@ksu.edu.

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