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NGFA Confirms New Speakers For Country Elevator Conference ... Dec. 8-10 ... St. Louis, MO

Date Posted: November 25, 2013

'Futures Market Customer Protection Rules and High-Frequency Trading'

From Dodd-Frank to MF Global to the advent of high-frequency trading in agricultural futures markets, times are changing for traditional hedgers.

Dan Berkovitz, Partner, WilmerHale, left the CFTC earlier this year after serving as the Commission's general counsel from 2009-2013.

Berkovitz will discuss recent Commission action on customer protection and to implement a new position limit/bona fide hedging regime; and he will shed light on the CFTC's recent "concept release" that could be the first step toward tighter regulation of high-frequency trading firms.

Ron Creamer, President and CEO, Geneva Trading, will present an enlightening view of the growing participation of proprietary trading firms - aka "high-frequency traders" - in agricultural futures markets.

How do HFT firms view ag futures markets, and what are their trading strategies?

What do they view as their contribution to markets, and how do they perceive their interaction with traditional market participants?

For anyone who has been concerned about HFT impacts, this is a "don't-miss-it" session.

In addition, the 42nd annual Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show agenda will feature:

• Farm Bill: Patrick Westhoff, Director Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute

• Biofuels: Marty Ruikka, Principal, The ProExporter Network

• Economic Outlook: Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Group, CoBank

• Grain Quality: Robert Marlow, Regional Operations Manager, The Andersons

• Sustainability: Fred Luckey, Chairman, Field to Market -- The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

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Member-only Conference

Registration for this conference is limited to NGFA members only.

If you are not yet a member and would like more information, contact Todd Kemp at 202-289-0873.

If you have other questions, please contact Faith Silvers at 202-289-0873.

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