Soy & Grain Trade Summit Announces Two New Presenters

CME chief economist, oilseed expert to speak at fall conference

Published on: Feb 11, 2013

Bluford Putnam, chief economist at CME and Thomas Mielke, editor-in-chief of Oil World publications, have signed on to speak at the 8th annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 21-23, 2013.

Mielke will present his Global Protein Meal and Veg Oil Outlook, which focuses on supply and demand forecasts, pricing, competition with other row crops, and the challenges facing the global oilseed production and processing sector.

Mielke specializes in global commodity analyses and market research on supply, demand and prices of oilseeds and their derivative products, including soft seeds and tropical oils. Mielke is well known in the oilseed industry as an insightful analyst of global trends.

CME chief economist, oilseed expert to speak on grain trade issues at fall conference
CME chief economist, oilseed expert to speak on grain trade issues at fall conference

Putnam, managing director and chief economist of CME Group since 2011, will be speaking for the first time at the Summit on the Impact of Trends in Global Financial Markets on Global Agriculture during the plenary session on the first day of the conference.

At CME Group, Putnam leads the group's economic analysis on global financial markets to identify emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company's business strategy. Putnam has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry with concentrations in central banking, investment research and portfolio management, and has authored five books on international finance.

Mielke and Putnam will be joined by other top speakers from the ag industry at the 2013 Soy & Grain Trade Summit, which will include sessions such as: New Options For Managing Grain and Oilseed Price Risk; Key Destination Markets: New Approaches to Addressing Food Safety/Quality; and Assessing the Future of New GMO Crops and Their Impact on Global Trade Patterns.

For full agenda and registration details on the Summit, visit