UACES Facebook The Future: Rice, Grain, and Cotton Markets Direction and Considerations

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Host and Interviewer

Bobby Coats
Professor - Economics

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

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Mary Poling
Coordinator of Interactive Communications

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
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The Future: Rice, Grain, and Cotton Markets Direction and Considerations

by Bobby Coats - April 4, 2019

Global commodity market prices are approaching a period of increasing volatility with rice, grains, and cotton seemingly leading the way. This is further complicated by the current massive global supply of food grains, ongoing trade and other policy disputes, and building global weather uncertainties e.g. the current El Nino weather event’s present impact on the U.S. planting season. The Rice Trader Jeremy Zwinger and Commodities Expert Shawn Hackett provided their unique collective insight into the impacts of rapidly changing global weather patterns, trade and other policy disputes, and global supply and demand fundamentals on rice, grain, and cotton commodity market outlook. Jeremy and Shawn reviewed China’s building impacts on global commodity markets. Additionally, they focused on global weather patterns and the coming “Grand Solar Minimum” effects on U.S. and global commodity production and markets, which will rock one’s idea of market normalcy. The impacts of shifting weather pattern trends are presently highly visible in the current El Nino’s ongoing influence on global crop production. How these collective global market forces potentially impact global commodity prices, trade dynamics and farm and agribusiness structure are questions addressed in this webinar video.

Jeremy Zwinger: CEO/President of The Rice Trader, Farm and Trade Inc., and International Commodity Institute

A regular participant at international rice events and conferences, Mr. Zwinger has, over the years, contributed extensively on the analysis of rice markets by analyzing inter-commodity effects (wheat, corn, soybeans, sugar, etc.), as well as currency and oil price led impacts on the rice markets. Mr. Zwinger has extensive experience that extends globally in the fields of publishing, brokerage, water trading, advisement, production financing, and consultancy services to a number of internationally respected players, including several Fortune 500 companies.  More recently, he has become extensively involved on globally critical topics such as water rights and value, food security issues, international production financing, global investment strategies with a focus on the commodity fields, market development strategies, and the coming solar cycle which is likely to lead to major global issues on a multitude of levels. On a personal note, Mr. Zwinger is blessed with five children and an amazing wife (Susan).


Shawn Hackett: Commodities Expert; President/Founder - Hackett Financial Advisors; Agricultural Marketing Consultant - Roach Ag Marketing; Account Executive - Princeton Securities/Bear Stearns

A frequent contributor to Barron’s, Futures Magazine, Reuters and Bloomberg, Ag commodities expert Shawn Hackett has dedicated his life to educating Ag industry leaders and farmers about financial risk management, hedging and the utility of indicator-based Ag commodity price forecasting tools. Shawn makes hard-to-understand concepts easily digestible to a wide audience and is the publisher of the Hackett Money Flow Agricultural Report and the Hackett Dairy Report. His vast knowledge includes topics such as:

  • Agricultural Commodities/Grain Markets (corn, soybean complex, all wheat markets and rice)
  • Soft Commodity Markets (cocoa, coffee, cotton, sugar, orange juice and lumber)
  • Livestock (cattle, hogs and milk)