Commodity futures and pricing issues will highlight Informa Economics’ 23rd Annual Fall Outlook Conference, Nov. 20-21, at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis. How a variety of domestic and global issues interconnect and whether the United States is in an era of sustainable real values for commodities will be topics of discussion.

The Informa research team will kick off the conference with a bonus session to discuss what the next five to 10 years may hold for global agriculture given current market price levels, land availability, yield potential, domestic demand and exports.

Allen Sinai, chief global economist and president of Decision Economics, will begin the conference by discussing the current credit crisis and the implications for the macroeconomic outlook. Attendees then will hear a discussion on the prospects for U.S. geopolitics.

Erik Peterson, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic International Studies, will address what can be expected from the new U.S. administration, its approach to geopolitics and the implications for businesses. 

David Lehman,CME Group corporate development director, will round out the first day with a discussion of issues surrounding futures’ convergence, price discovery and the futures markets’ changing nature.

On day two, Informa Economics’ top analysts will provide commodity breakout sessions, including detailed 2008/2009 supply-and-demand situations and an early look at the 2009/2010 supply-and-demand outlooks. 

Commodities to be covered include an overview of crops with acreage and production outlooks, feed grains, wheat and rice, soybeans and soy products, cotton, sugar and cocoa, cattle and beef, hogs and pork, poultry and eggs, dairy, transportation and energy.

The registration fee is $650 for Informa clients; $800 for others. Additional registrants from the same organization are $500 for Informa clients; $600 for others. For registration information, contact Karen Hayes at (800) 290-6272. For a brochure and to register, click here.