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"Where the margin is?" Conference press release - New speakers.

The Conference has just received an official support of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture; New Conference sponsor: Dupont Science and Technology; Coming soon: Internet communication for the registered and paid participation fee Conference participants.

Among the Conference speakers: . Ilya Shestakov, and Dmitry Yuriev, Deputy Ministers of Agriculture of the Russian Federation (agreed to take part in the conference as speakers (subject to last moment force majeures, of course), J.B. Penn, Chief economist, John Deere & Co., Daniel Leibfried, Director of Marketing, Global Crop Care Platform, John Deere & Co., Vladislav Novoselov, Managing Partner, BEFL, Dmitry Rylko, General director, IKAR, Bryan Willey, Senior Associate, Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Rabobank International.

As of middle of December 1, the “land bank” of the Conference participants exceeded 2300 THA of arable land. Among the newly registered conference participants are VTB Capital, Agrofirm Doronichi (well known highly innovative agricultural and agribusiness agroholding headquarted Kirov oblast), BaltAgroKorm (recently emerged agribusiness venture in Kaliningrad).

Our speakers. Bryan Willey is a senior associate for Rabobank International’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, currently based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In this role, Bryan is responsible for coverage of the world’s agricultural markets—specifically grains and oilseeds—with a primary focus on the European Union and countries in the Black Sea region. Additionally, he works closely with Rabobank’s commodity division, providing forecasts to internal stakeholders as well as working with clients to assess opportunities and mitigate risks. Bryan has 10 years’ experience working in commodities, though this is his first year with Rabobank. Prior to his current role, he worked as an agribusiness consultant in Toronto, Ontario, and was a commodities broker in Chicago, Illinois, before becoming a proprietary commodity derivatives trader for a competing bank. Bryan holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Over the previous three years, the conference has become the highest caliber event covering the CIS agricultural sector. It features the most qualified speakers, attendance of the highest ranking agribusiness executives, and a large productive capacity (since inception, the «land bank» of attending companies increased from 2.7 to 4.5 MHA of arable land). ***

As in the past, the 2013 conference will feature a timely and intensive agenda, many respected and influential speakers, and the best networking opportunities.

The two lead topics of the 2013 conference are Russian farmland investments and minimal-till and no-till technologies.