September 17, 2013|
TENTH ANNUAL WATERWAYS SYMPOSIUM: PATH, OPPORTUNITIES OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT
Informa Economics, Inc., joins up with the Waterways Council, Inc., and The Waterways Journal to present this year’s tenth annual Waterways Symposium, Oct. 1-3 at the Peabody Memphis. Themed “WRRDA to the Wise: Waterways = Opportunity,” speakers from industry, government and associations will examine the opportunities an efficient, modern waterways system can provide in presenting an informative, timely event that will address the passage of the Water Resources Development Act in the Senate and the path ahead in the House.
August 21, 2013
The world is transforming in terms of scope, scale and speed of change. This evolution is resulting in a more interconnected world, requiring businesses and related organizations in the agricultural and food industries to demand primary sourced, accurate and reliable information from all corners of the globe. Informa Economics understands the value of this need and has developed its own network of satellite offices and affiliate partner offices and partnerships and is bringing them together along with an extraordinary group of authorities to Memphis to provide wide-ranging world perspectives of agriculture. The unparalleled breadth of global expertise at this single event will highlight Informa Economics' 28th Annual Fall Outlook Conference to be held November 7-8 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
July 26, 2013
Informa Economics, Inc. and Agriwatch (Informa’s affiliate in India) have just released their first-ever survey of India’s crop production potential. The highlight of this inaugural report is that the survey pointed to record crop plantings, leading to record Indian production forecasts for rice, soybeans, cotton and sugar in the 2013/14 crop marketing year.
The survey covered planting intentions for rice, soybeans, groundnuts, cotton, sugar and pulses. The Informa and Agriwatch survey encompasses 12 states that account for 80 to 98 percent of India’s production for these crops.
India’s record crops are due to increased plantings of India’s Kharif (monsoon-season) crops given the monsoon’s early arrival and its continued good performance so far this season.
India’s Kharif plantings are not complete and Informa and Agriwatch will conduct another survey of crop area in August.
The India report is available on an annual subscription basis. To learn more about Informa Economics’ global affiliates program and the survey-based crop production reports and analysis contact Informa Economics Senior Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing Jim Allwood at (901)766-4655 or e-mail email@example.com.
Informa Economics Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scherr and Informa Economics President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Scott recently announced a new global business expansion program designed to increase the value and geographic coverage of the company’s services to clients.
Informa Economics (formerly known as Sparks Companies, Inc.) www.informaecon.com was founded in 1977 and, in 2003, was acquired by Informa plc ("Informa"). Informa Economics is a world leader in broad-based domestic and international agricultural and commodity/product market research, analysis, evaluation and consulting providing services to hundreds of firms, institutions and trade organizations worldwide.
Informa Economics, Inc., with headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, and offices in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis/St. Paul, serves as the operational core of the Group’s global operations. Offices outside the United States include Informa Economics Canada in Winnipeg, Informa Economics FNP in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Informa Economics CEAS in Brussels, Belgium, and London, United Kingdom. A new piece of the company’s global expansion plan is a growing network of global affiliates that provide expertise and knowledge regarding markets, industries, and policies in their local areas. The staffs in all of Informa Economics’ offices work with and support each other on a daily basis in the collection of data, analysis of markets and policies, and execution of management consulting projects.
April 8, 2013
Informa Economics, Inc. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scherr and Informa Economics President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Scott recently announced three additions to the company’s staff.
In early March, Nick Hoyt joined Informa Economics as a vice president, with his primary responsibility being client service and business consulting, particularly price risk management and strategic business planning in grains, oilseeds, other crop and food ingredient areas. He came to Informa’s Memphis, Tenn., office from Bunge North America where he spent five years in risk management and commodity trading. His most recent work at Bunge included leading the company’s North American division in transitioning from a cost-based crush model to a mark-to-market approach for both soybeans and canola. Prior to this role, Hoyt managed the margin risk for the Canadian processing business, utilizing futures, options and currency strategies to mitigate the various flat- and cash-price exposures. While a junior trader at Bunge in New York, Hoyt worked on the oilseed product line desk, trading futures and cash positions across a number of geographies. He also traveled throughout North America and parts of Europe, gaining knowledge on ocean freight and transportation logistics. Before joining Bunge in 2008, Hoyt worked for Paradigm Trading as a floor clerk on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he traded Eurodollar futures, particularly incorporating arbitrage opportunities across different contract months over the forward curve. He also was an assistant with 2010 Futures LLC, a Commodity Trading Advisor that traded a momentum algorithm with the goal to enter long or short positions when the markets were overbought or oversold. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with an emphasis in public policy and economics.
In early April, Rob Hatchett joined Informa as a commodity analyst in Memphis and Mike McConnell joined Informa as a senior consultant in the company’s Washington, D.C., office. Hatchett is a commodity analyst within Informa Economics' Crops Group with primary emphasis on wheat and rice. Prior to joining Informa, he worked as a senior market risk analyst with the Gavilon Group, LLC., where he supported the company’s speculative agricultural trading and the physical grain and natural gas businesses. He served as graduate research assistant at Oklahoma State University where his graduate work focused on comparing the accuracies of different forecasts of cash basis levels for wheat and other grains, with his research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Hatchett received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas in agribusiness and his master's degree from Oklahoma State University in agricultural economics.
McConnell is a senior consultant within Informa’s Project Consulting Group, based out of Informa’s Washington, D.C., office, where he works with numerous clients, focusing on the economic effects of trade and agricultural policies on US agriculture and its stakeholders. McConnell also performs market research and analysis on a wide range of markets and commodities. Prior to joining Informa, McConnell worked at the US International Trade Commission (USITC) where he was the agency’s grain analyst. Before his work at USITC, McConnell was an agricultural economist at USDA’s Economic Research Service where he was an analyst for a number of commodities in the market outlook program, including livestock (specifically beef) and sugar. McConnell received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn.
March 12, 2013
The US inland barge fleet shrank 0.5 percent during 2012. Though the dry fleet contracted 1.1 percent, the liquid tank fleet expanded 3.4 percent. There were 950 new barges added to the overall fleet as of the end of 2012 while 1,061 barges were retired, according to Informa Economics' just-released Barge Fleet Profile. Among the different barge types, the number of covered barges declined, open barges continued to expand, and the number of tank barges increased to record highs.
"This information remains vital given the enormous requirements being placed on the industry and the inland waterway infrastructure," said Informa Economics President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Scott about the report. He added that "Informa appreciates the value of the industry's contribution to the report's development," which is compiled through an annual survey of operators and information from the Army Corps of Engineers.