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RELEASE: pr5486-08

  • Release: 5486-08
    For Release: April 15, 2008

    CFTC Announces Agriculture Roundtable Participants

    Provides Various Ways to Access the Public Forum

    Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today released the participant list for the upcoming roundtable discussion on the agricultural markets. The roundtable is designed to gather information about whether the futures markets are properly performing their risk management and price discovery roles. Due to significant space limitations in the Commission’s hearing room, the CFTC is offering several avenues for interested members of the public to access the roundtable.

    Roundtable Participants

    In addition to CFTC participants, the roundtable will include participants from the following:

    United States Department of Agriculture
    Farm Credit Administration
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
    University of Illinois, Urbana
    CME Group
    ICE Futures US
    Minneapolis Grain Exchange
    American Bankers Association
    Goldman Sachs
    Gresham Investment Management LLC
    Dunavant Enterprises
    American Cotton Shippers Association
    National Cotton Council of America
    National Grain and Feed Association
    National Wheat Growers Association
    Grain Service Corporation
    National Corn Growers
    National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
    American Soybean Association
    National Farmers Union
    American Farm Bureau Federation
    Commodity Markets Council
    American Bakers Association
    Independent Bakers Association
    Michigan Agribusiness Council
    USA Rice Federation/US Rice Producers Association

    How to Access the Roundtable

    In person



    April 22, 2008, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Hearing Room doors will open at 8:30 a.m.


    CFTC Hearing Room
    First Floor
    Three Lafayette Centre
    1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581

    Via the Internet

    (Members of the public are strongly encouraged to use this option)


    Watch broadcast of the roundtable live via Webcast on

    Via a Conference Call

    (Members of the public are strongly encouraged to use this option)

    Call-in participants should be prepared to provide their first name, last name, and affiliation


    Domestic Toll Free: 866-759-0291
    International Toll: 763-416-8828
    The conference ID: 43214239
    Call leader name: “CFTC”

    Potential Questions for Consideration at the Roundtable

    Members of the public may submit questions to be considered for use during the roundtable. All questions should be sent to The deadline for question submissions is 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 18, 2008. Submitting a question guarantees it will be considered, but does not guarantee it will be asked during the roundtable.

    Statements for the Record

    Participants and members of the public may submit written statements for the official record. Statements should be sent to All written statements must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

    Media Contacts
    Ianthe Zabel

    R. David Gary

    Last Updated: April 15, 2008