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    Chinese market and UK resilience the main topics at the Grain Market Outlook Conference

    NewsWednesday 04 September 2013
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    This year’s Grain Market Outlook Conference will take an inside view on the Chinese grain markets as well as the resilience of the UK cereals industry. 
     
    Jack Watts, an AHDB/HGCA Senior Analyst, will be joined by Chris Gadd, a Grain Analyst from Macquarie Securities and a number of others at the half-day event on 15th October in London. 
     
    Mr Watts will be giving an update on the current grain and oilseeds market. His paper will take a look at the continual impact of the 2012 harvest as well as current factors, which include the supply and demand of grain across the UK and the rest of the globe. 
     
    Chris Gadd will also be talking and will present on the oilseed market outlook for the season and how a number of industry partners can manage associated risks. 
     
    Silvia Ren, China Markets Manager, from FC Stone, will be focussing on the Chinese grain and oilseed markets in the short and longer term and she will also take a look at the physical drivers of supply and demand, import scenarios and broader issues for the sector. 
     
    Graham Redman, a Partner from the Andersons Centre, completes the list of speakers at the event. He will be concentrating on resilience in the UK cereals industry and will also give an overview of how equipped the industry is to manage future change. 
     
    Jack Watts told the NFU official website: “So far 2013 is shaping up to be the first ‘normal’ growing season for the Northern Hemisphere since 2009, which is putting downward pressure on pricing and comes as a double whammy for UK farmers, who have of course have had anything but a normal growing season. This, following the extremes of 2012, is going to be a real test of the industry’s resilience.”
     
    Tickets cost £79 for levy payers and £252 for non-levy payers, including papers and a networking lunch, for the event, which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London.
     
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