Europe is the biggest importer of US goods and the European economic woes continue to plague U.S. growth prospects, points out Informa Ecomics. Complicated politics, geopolitical requirements, harmonization issues and the need for austerity are all features that will shape Europe’s economic future. These EU issues combined with the domestic and global macro-economic landscape will have significant implications for business, commodities and the agriculture and food sectors.

 These issues and a post-election rundown will highlight Informa Economics' 27th Annual Fall Outlook Conference to be held Nov. 15-16 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Informa Economics Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scherr and Decision Economics’ President and Chief Global Economist Allen Sinai will lead off the outlook conference discussing the Eurozone and the US and global macroeconomic outlooks, primarily focusing on the implications for agriculture and food, and commodities as an asset class.

They will be followed by Center for Strategic and International Studies Senior Fellow and Program Director Richard Jackson who will discuss the global productivity challenges as the world’s population grows from 7 billion to 9-10 billion over the next three to four decades, focusing on regional trends with implications for emerged and emerging markets.

Also, with President Barack Obama re-elected to a second term, the Senate retaining its Democratic control and with the Republicans holding onto their majority in the House of Representatives, the question is whether the United States will continue with more political gridlock or will there be more efforts for bipartisan agreement when facing the fiscal cliff and rising budget deficits. Informa Economics Policy Analyst and Senior Vice President Jim Wiesemeyer will provide insightful commentary on how President Obama will interface with the 113th Congress.

On day two of the conference, Informa Economics' top analysts will provide commodity breakout sessions, including detailed 2011/2012 supply/demand situations and an early look at the 2012/2013 situations and supply/demand outlooks. Commodities to be covered include: feed grains; wheat and rice; soybeans and soy products; cotton; sugar and cocoa; cattle and beef; hogs and pork; broilers/turkey; dairy; transportation; and energy.

In addition, a timely bonus session on changing energy prices and the dramatic implications for the United States and business will kick off the conference. Since 2006, there has been an increasing divergence between natural gas and crude oil prices. This trend has accelerated since 2009 as crude oil prices have rebounded from recessionary lows but natural gas prices have continued to drift sideways to lower as a result of the dramatic increase in supplies made available by the ability to tap into shale gas formations. Given that food and agricultural operations are large-scale users of energy, Informa Vice President Scott Richman and Informa Director of Energy Services Kip Butts will provide perspectives on how low natural gas prices and their divergence from crude oil prices affect the food and agriculture sectors. A key part of the energy bonus session will address the feasibility of the United States achieving energy independence by 2025, including what this will look like, what production levels this will entail, and what the energy mix will be, presented by Washington Policy Analysis Energy Analyst William Martin.

The registration fee for the Informa Economics’ 27th Annual Fall Outlook Conference is $725 for Informa clients; $850 for others. Additional registrants from the same organization are $600 for Informa clients; $650 for others. For registration information, contact Karen Hayes at 901-766-4479, fax inquiries to 901-766-4483, or e-mail  A brochure and online registration are available here.