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Global Agricultural Summer Outlook

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Start date: 5/27/2021
Start time: 9:30 AM EDT
Duration: 60 minutes
The May edition of Bloomberg's 2021 agricultural outlook comes at a critical time for Grains, Oilseeds and the wider Agricultural market at large. The discussion will aim to answer key questions around weather, fundamentals and price action.

Joining Bloomberg is Jeff Doran from Planalytics to provide his views on meteorology, the latest conditions across the United States, a look-back on Brazil and what to expect for the Northern Hemisphere through the start of Summer. We also welcome Sterling Smith, Director of Agricultural Research at Sompo International to provide colour on market fundamentals, price movers, forecasts for acreage, yields and what to look during the key crop season.

Robust demand-side themes, driven by multi-year high buying of Agricultural products from China have combined with a series of supply side concerns, with the market having come in to the latest crop year with tight stocks following weak production across the complex last year. Severe weather across much of South America, critically key growing states in Brazil for Corn have compounded the story, as did acreage projections coming in the March WASDE for both Corn and Soybeans. With strong planting progress and beneficial rains now being seen in much of the US, could we see some cooling off, or will we stay at elevated price levels in preparedness for weather shocks later through the year and resilient demand?


Matthew Revell

Commodities Market Specialist

Bloomberg L.P.

Matthew Revell is a Commodities Market Specialist at Bloomberg LP, covering the EMEA region. He works extensively with commodity merchants, corporations, national oil companies and integrated energy groups to drive strategies that grow their businesses through the use of technology. He previously ran the Commodities Sales team for Europe for 2.5 years, following five years managing the strategic relationships with commodities players in Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Jeff Doran

Senior Business Meteorologist


Jeffrey (Jeff) Doran has more than 30 years of experience as a meteorologist, helping organizations effectively incorporate and utilize weather analytics and insights in their planning decisions. Prior to joining Planalytics in 1999 Jeff served as a U.S. Air Force Captain and earned both a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University. In his current role at Planalytics, Jeff helps clients in the Agriculture, Insurance, Financial and Retail sectors manage weather's impact on their business by identifying opportunities to grow sales and market share, reduce costs, and manage risk.

Sterling Smith

Director of Agricultural Research

AgriSompo North America

A veteran of the industry, well known across North America and Europe, and a regular on Bloomberg, CNBC and Reuters. Sterling's career has taken in stints at Bloomberg, where he led the Agricultural product, Citi, as lead for Agricultural Research, CHS and previous to this, as an introducing broker for various firms at CBOT.

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