Release Number 7848-18

November 27, 2018

CFTC and K-State to Host 2nd Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference

AgCon2019 set for April 11-12

— The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) at Kansas State University will host AgCon2019, the 2nd annual agricultural commodity futures conference on April 11-12  in Overland Park, Kansas.

The CFTC and CRMER will again jointly host the conference, which brings together federal, state, and local governments with agribusiness and academia to discuss a range of topics that are important to the agricultural community who depend on the futures markets.

“We are excited to once again partner with K-State to discuss significant derivatives-markets issues affecting the agricultural community.  AgCon2018 brought together stakeholders from industry, government and academia — to explore a wide range of topics facing the agricultural futures markets,” said CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo. “The robust presentations and insightful panel discussions from that first conference started important conversations on numerous issues facing the agricultural community. Next year, we plan to continue those conversations with a focus on some key areas that sparked great interest, including electronic trading and the use of matching algorithms and lack of convergence in certain contracts, and we will explore other emerging issues that affect users of agricultural futures markets.” 

“Kansas State University is pleased to partner with the CFTC to host our second conference focused on agricultural futures markets. The need for derivative markets that offer effective price risk management for the agricultural and food industry has never been greater,” said K-State President Richard Myers. “Last year’s conference significantly elevated the conversation facilitating ideas and actions to enhance market resilience. The 2019 conference will continue the discussion to build ever stronger agricultural markets. This conference aligns perfectly with K-State’s Land Grant Mission bringing together industry, government, and academia in a forum for engaged dialogue.”      

AgCon2019 conference details and registration information will be announced in the coming months.