CFTC Global Markets Advisory Committee Meeting

Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Global Markets Advisory Committee to Meet November 7, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will convene a meeting of its Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, to obtain the views of international regulators, futures industry professionals, and market participants on cross-border issues related to OTC derivatives reform implementation.


Farm Foundation Forum Event

What the 2012 election means for agriculture, food and rural policy will be the focus of the Farm Foundation® Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.  The Forum will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington D.C.

For those unable to attend the Forum at the Press Club, a live webcast will be available free of charge.  This will be the first time Farm Foundation, NFP has webcast the Forum, though audio of the sessions has been provided for several years.

“By their votes on Nov. 6, citizens will set the stage for the next four years of the nation’s policy development at both the state and federal level,” says Foundation President Neil Conklin. “This Forum is an opportunity to examine how those elections may specifically impact agriculture, food and rural policies in the months ahead.”

Speakers providing insights on potential policy developments will be:

  • Craig Jagger, Legis Consulting
  • Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Robert Paarlberg, Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
  • Christopher Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute, Consumer Federation of America
  • John Hardin, Indiana farmer
  • Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, National Association of Counties

After their brief presentations, the floor will be opened for discussion.

There is no charge to participate in the Forum–either in person or by webcast.

To attend in person, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Farm Foundation, NFP by noon Monday, Nov. 12.

To participate via webcast, please register at: 

Who should participate in the Forum:  People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media.

The Forum:  Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies.  Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals.

CFTC Announces Public Meeting

CFTC Announces Public Meeting of the Technology Advisory Committee (Chicago)

Full Committee to Focus on Updates from the Subcommittee on Automated and High Frequency Trading, Discussion of Industry-Lead Effort to Improve Customer Protections and New Technological Requirements Imposed by Part 1 of the Commission’s Regulations

Delta Strategy Group and Hume Brophy Regulatory Webinar, Tuesday, Sept. 18

On Tuesday, September 18, Delta Strategy Group of Washington, DC and Hume Brophy of Brussels will host a one-hour webinar comparing US and European derivatives implementation. Discussion topics include registration, reporting requirements and exemptions for OTC derivatives under Dodd-Frank and EMIR.

Potential impacts of RFS waiver focus of Thursday web conference

OAK BROOK, IL Aug. 13, 2012: An analysis of the potential impacts of waiving the federal ethanol mandate will be the subject of a web conference at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 16.

Farm Foundation, NFP is hosting the web conference, which features the work of three Purdue University economists. Advance registration is encouraged.
There is no fee to participate.

Severe drought has reduced corn production and driven up the price of corn. Faced with significantly higher feed costs, livestock producers have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standards, which mandates blending of ethanol in gasoline. Purdue University economists Wally Tyner, Farzad Taheripour and Christopher Hurt have completed an analysis of a potential waiver and what it could mean for the ethanol industry and the price of corn. Their findings will be presented at Thursday’s web conference.

“As was the case in 2008, when rhetoric in the food-versus-fuel debate rose with the prices of corn and oil, the drought and high temperatures of 2012 are pushing corn and soybean prices to record levels, and the food vs. fuel debate is once again heated,” says Farm Foundation, NFP President Neil Conklin. “Now, as then, Farm Foundation and Purdue University are not about fueling these fires. Our shared mission is to be a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster deeper understanding of the complex issues before our food and agriculture system today.”

The Purdue economists’ current analysis provides a clear description of the complex economics of corn and ethanol markets, and a rigorous assessment of the implications and uncertainties of changes in U.S. renewable fuels policy. The analysis builds on years of work, including a series of three Farm Foundation publications, “What’s Driving Food Prices,” published in July 2008, March 2009 and July 2011.

Thursday’s web conference is free of charge. Registration prior to the event is encouraged.

For more information, contact:
Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation, NFP, 630-571-9393,
Steve Leer, Purdue University, 765-494-8415,

Farm Foundation, NFP works as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Farm Foundation does not lobby or advocate. The Foundation has a 79-year commitment to objectivity, fostering the constructive debate that is essential to sound public policy development in a democracy.


CFTC to Hold Open Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., to consider Proposed Interpretive Guidance on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swaps Provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and Regulations thereunder, and a Proposed Exemptive Order Regarding Compliance with Certain Swap Regulations under the CEA.  Learn more here.

CFTC TAC Meeting

This CFTC TAC meeting on June 20, Wednesday, will focus on High frequency trading and liquidity aggregation across DCMs/SEFs.