Global AgInvesting 2011

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Global AgInvesting 2011
May 2 - 4, 2011
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY

Agriculture represents an emerging asset class for private and institutional investors. After decades of underinvestment in the sector, institutional and private capital is being attracted by the combination of exceptionally strong fundamentals, inflation hedging, and low correlation with other asset classes.

Global AgInvesting 2011 will bring together leading global ag-sector end-investors, ag-managers, academics, policy experts and agribusiness industry executives to explore the opportunities and challenges of investing in agriculture.

The fundamentals of agriculture are compelling. A growing world population, improving diets in the developing world, and alternative fuel/industrial applications will continue to drive demand. Meeting this demand, even after accounting for continued productivity improvements, would require more land than can be sustainably and economically brought into production globally. This will result in high crop prices and drive profitability and valuations across the sector over the coming decade.

However, developing an agricultural investment program within the global ag sector is complex. Investors face myriad choices about where and how to invest, and challenges identifying and evaluating the best managers.

Building on the success of Global AgInvesting 2010 - which attracted participants from 30 countries, farming over 22 million acres and representing all of the major agricultural producing regions of the world - Global AgInvesting 2011 will help end investors understand the different strategies and the different exposures within the ag space. Investors will learn about different geographies and strategies, across illiquid investment vehicles (farmland, infrastructure and ag private equity), as well as liquid investment vehicle alternatives such as ag focused hedge funds, ag equities and ag commodities.


MONDAY MAY 2, 2011

Opening Remarks: Agriculture of an Emerging Asset Class
Hunt Stookey

Global Fundamentals to 2020
William Wilson

The Benefits of Farmland to the Institutional Portfolio
George A. Martin

Short Course Question & Answer Session
Moderator:  Gregg Streibig
Panelists:
George A. Martin
Hunt Stookey
William Wilson
 
TUESDAY MAY 3, 2011

Opening Remarks: Investing in Agriculture
Hunt Stookey

PANEL DISCUSSION: End-Investor Perspectives on Agricultural Investing
Moderator: Joseph F. Pescatore
Panelists:
Dale Hunt
Jens Henrik Staugaard Johansen
Mary Law
Paul Pittman
Ken Van Heel

PANEL DISCUSSION: Diversified Ag Strategies
Moderator:
Eric Haskel
Panelists:
Tim Hornibrook
Jose Minaya
Angus Selby
Joyce Shapiro

Update on Foreign Investment in Brazilian Agricultural Lands and Infrastucture
Claudio Moretti

Leveraging Technology to Improve Land Valuations, Investments and Productivity
Norm Davy

PANEL DISCUSSION: North American Farmland
Moderator: Gregory Duerksen
Panelists:
Jeffrey Conrad
Paul Joerger
Charlie McNairy
Perry Vieth

PANEL DISCUSSION: Eastern European/Former Soviet Union Farmland
Moderator:
Charles Bausman
Panelists:
Anatoly Ballo
Martin Davies
Sergey Korolev
Rustem Mirgalimov

PANEL DISCUSSION: Ag Private Equity
Moderator: Joshua Hofheimer
Panelists:
Renatto Barbieri
David Buckeridge
Vincent Phen
Mark Zenuk

WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011

PANEL DISCUSSION: African Farmland
Moderator:  Philippe de Lapérouse
Panelist:
Michael Dean
David Murrin
Gary Vaughan-Smith

PANEL DISCUSSION: How Technology Will Enhance Returns
Moderator:  Gary Thien
Panelists:  
Wade Barnes
Bernard Belk
Jerry Halterman
Pierre Rolland

PANEL DISCUSSION: Liquid Ag Investing Strategies
Moderator:  Tim Andriesen
Panelists:
David Fassnacht
Ejnar Knudsen
Matthew Powell
Craig Tashjian

PANEL DISCUSSION: South American Farmland
Moderator: Peter Goldsmith
Panelists:
Julio Bestani
Mariano Bosch
Harald Brunckhorst
Marshall Thomas

PANEL DISCUSSION: Responsible Investment in Agriculture
Moderator: Philippe de Lapérouse
Panelists:  
Alan Boyce
Oscar Chemerinski
Bruce Kahn
Alejandro Preusche

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