2018 Seminar

Attendee Impressions

Speaker List

Each year the Purchasing Seminar creates a committee designed to curate the most knowledgeable, experienced and reputable names in the industry to present the issues and topics for the year.  The selection process is extensive and each year addresses the continued relevance and reliability of its speakers, taking care to introduce fresh faces and perspectives when applicable.


2018 Purchasing Seminar Speakers and Topics (additional speakers and topics TBD)


Roger Baker - Cash Spring Wheat Markets

Matt Beeson - Market Fundamentals, Grains Panel, Edible Oils & Shortening

Ankush Bhandari - Feed Grains and Millfeed

Richard Broad - Eggs

Don Close - Beef Markets

Scott Colbert - Economy

Steve Freed - Bakery Flour and Global Grain Outlook, Grains Panel, Shortening Panel

Tyson Giles - Durum Markets

David Green - Wheat Quality/Flour Issues

Brian Harris - Shortening Panel

Kellee James - Organic Ingredients, Market Update

William E. Krueger - Hard Red Winter Wheat Markets

Drew Lerner - World Weather and the Impact on Markets

Mary Keough Ledman - Dairy

Brant Matthews - Spices

Christine McCracken - Poultry and Pork Markets

Paul Meyers - Grains Panel, Edible Oils and Shortening, Shortening Panel

Chris Morley - Risk Management

Steve Nugent - Fruit

Mike O'Dea - Grains Panel

Jim Ritchie - Transportation

Craig Ruffolo - Sugars/Sweeteners

Carl Schwinke - Cash Soft Wheat Markets

Tim Statts - Energy Markets

Hugo van der Goes - Cocoa

David Von Drehle - Electoral, Policy Prospects for the Year Ahead

Hayden Wands - Grains Panel


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