The second annual Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference, jointly hosted by Kansas State University’s Center for Risk Management Education and Research and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will be conducted April 11-12 in Overland Park, Kan.
NGFA members interested in attending can find additional information and can register for the conference here. A registration fee is assessed, and significant savings are available for those registering by April 1.
The conference brings together federal, state and local governments with agribusiness and academia to discuss a range of topics important to the agricultural community dependent on futures markets. The program will include sessions on futures trading algorithms, block trading, international futures-related issues and smart contracts.
Of particular interest to NGFA members, one conference session will examine convergence-related issues for grain and oilseed contracts. Research presented during this session, and a panel discussion about the issue, will build on topics from the inaugural 2018 conference, during which challenges to consistent convergence of the soybean futures contract were a major issue. The research and discussion likely will delve into the effectiveness of various storage rate devices – fixed storage rates, variable storage rates and potentially some hybrid approach – in facilitating convergence.
The 2018 conference sold out, and this year’s conference is likely to do the same. NGFA members who want to attend are encouraged to register early to ensure a spot.