Forecasting Agriculture and Biofuels Interplay

The Jacobsen, as the recognized industry standard for pricing and commentary, will bring together a wide variety of dynamic, experienced and knowledgeable speakers who will offer their assessments of the different variables and factors that affect the biodiesel and co-products marketplace. We will look at the market holistically and the forces affecting those markets today.

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Speakers & Panelists

Jim Wiesemeyer

Pro Farmer

Mark Jordan

Executive Director
LEAP Market Analytics

Michael B. Sands

Livestock/Meat Market Analyst

Ryan Standard

Senior Animal Fats & Protein Editor
The Jacobsen

From his office near Washington, DC, Jim Wiesemeyer contributes daily to Pro Farmer’s online website at, providing members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. He also is a twice-weekly participant in Farm Journal’s Agri-Talk radio program, and serves as a Washington analyst for Pro Farmer and Farm Journal.

Mark Jordan is the sole owner and operator of LEAP Market Analytics, a firm dedicated to research, analysis, and forecasting of key supply and demand metrics within the broiler, turkey, and table egg market segments. Using the content and other material Mr. Jordan produces, clients are able to make more informed decisions related to sales and purchasing, pricing strategies, risk and inventory management, and investment objectives.

Mike Sands consults intensively with a small, select group of clients actively engaged in the livestock and meat industry. His primary responsibilities include economic research and market analysis emphasizing the cattle/beef and hog/pork industries including price prospects, production, trade, price relationships and risk management strategies to support the diverse interests of his consulting clients.

Mr. Standard graduated college in 2003 where he studied Economics. He joined The Jacobsen in 2007 and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Ryan is responsible for the Animal Fats and Feed Bulletins, and is a contributor to the Biodiesel Bulletin.

John Cusick

Biodiesel Senior Analyst
The Jacobsen

Bob Lane

Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil,
and Grain Senior Analyst

The Jacobsen

Bob Van Heuvelen


John Eustice

Senior VP

Mr. Cusick has been a trader in the Biodiesel and Biodiesel Feedstock world for the past 15 years. His career has included the trading upstarts at RBF Port Neches, Texas, the US’s largest biodiesel production facility, Morgan Stanley Commodities, Trafigura, Glencore, and Imperium Renewables. His career is marked in successfully navigating the complex and challenging relationship between agriculture inputs and energy outputs woven into the fabric of regulatory credits.

Bob Lane is a Commodity Analyst and Editor at The Jacobsen. Bob has more than 15 years experience as a professional trader and analyst. Bob has traded options, futures, and equities on the floors of the CBOT and CBOE, and has experience as an analyst/controller with a real estate asset management company.

In 2007, Robert Van Heuvelen launched a legislative policy and strategic consulting firm, Van Heuvelen Strategies, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is advising clients on a wide variety of policy and political issues on Capitol Hill. Van Heuvelen served for nearly ten years as Chief of Staff to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), where he managed Senator Conrad’s policy and political offices, working daily with members of Congress and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle. He helped Senator Conrad in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, a ranking member of the powerful Finance Committee as well as the Senate Agriculture and Indian Affairs Committee.

Mr. Eustice headed up Informa’s Eagan, Minnesota office and was Editor of several Informa Economics Feed Ingredient publications since 2000. Prior to joining Informa Economics, he spent over 20 years in the feed industry as North American Manager of Agricultural Products, Director of Purchasing, Product Manager, and Area Sales Manager. John served twice as purchasing committee chairman for the American Feed Industry Association. Mr. Eustice majored in Dairy Science and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sandra Dunphy


Greg Staiti


Shelby Neal


Tore Alden

Senior Grains & Oilseed Analyst
The Jacobsen

Sandra Dunphy has more than 25 years of experience working with energy companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia and is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number expert within the United States renewable fuels industry. With a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting, Sandra brings extensive technical experience and knowledge to each of her clients. In addition, Sandra developed a premiere EPA fuel credit trading business in the United States.

Greg Staiti, JD, has more than 10 years of experience working with petroleum and renewable fuel companies. Greg specializes in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance. In addition, he has experience in assessing liability risks associated with regulatory non-compliance, advising clients on elective disclosure, negotiation of contracts for physical oil and renewable fuel commodities, as well as renewable and alternative fuels credits. Greg’s specialized and technical industry knowledge allows him to provide exceptional consulting services to his clients.

Shelby serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity he is responsible for government relations – both legislative and regulatory – in all 50 state capitals.
Before coming to the National Biodiesel Board, Shelby served as a legislative assistant and legislative director to three members of the United States Congress during a five-year stint in Washington, D.C. More recently, he served as a policy advisor to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.

Mr. Alden began his career as an analyst for Smith Barney’s Agricultural Marketing Group. When the group left to form Interna- tional Agribusiness Group (IAG), he directed the firm’s fundamental research efforts covering the grain, oilseed, coffee, FCOJ, oil and natural gas markets. After leaving IAG, Mr. Alden worked in the hedge fund industry developing and implementing trading strategies in the grain, oilseed and livestock markets. Most recently, Mr. Alden has been covering the oilseed complex for Informa Economics.

John D. Courtis

Consultant Fuels


John has served at CARB as the Manager of the Alternative Fuels group, where he was responsible for the development, and implementation of the various aspects of the California LCFS regulation. Over his long career, John has worked closely with USEPA, other states, universities, and the EU. As an independent consultant, he has provided expert advice on fuels and motor vehicles regulatory strategies to the governments of India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, the EU and EU member countries, the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, and various NGOS.



Wednesday, May 23rd

Conference Day 1

8:00 – 9:00 am 

9:00 – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks
– John Donicht: President, The Jacobsen.

9:15 – 10:00 am
Despite Slowing Herd Expansion, Can Domestic and Export Beef Demand Keep Pace?
– Mike Sands Ph.D: Senior Analyst, MPAgrilytics

10:00 – 10:45 am
In a Period of Soaring Meat Supplies, How Much Chicken is Too Much?
– Mark Jordon: Executive Director, Leap Market Analytics

10:45 – 11:30 am
Amid Expanding Hog Slaughter Capacity and Larger Competing Meat Supplies, Will Pork Prices Erode?
– Mike Sands Ph.D: Senior Analyst, MPAgrilytics

11:30 – 12:00 pm
Feed Grains: Shifting Trade Patterns and the Implications for the US Acreage Mix
– Tore Alden: Senior Analyst, The Jacobsen

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Sponsored by Agri Trading

1:00 – 1: 45 pm
Macro Economic Outlook
– Jim Wiesemeyer: Pro Farmer

1:45 – 2:15 pm
Oilseed: The Impact of Argentine Crop Losses on Oilseed Markets
– Tore Alden: Senior Analyst, The Jacobsen

2:15 – 2:45 pm  
Sponsored by Scoular

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Animal Proteins: How Will Increased Supply Influence Prices?
– John Eustice: Senior VP, The Jacobsen

3:15 -3:45 pm
Animal Fats: Animal Fat Production Is Up. Will Demand Be?”
– Ryan Standard: Senior Analyst, Animal Fats & Oils, The Jacobsen

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Grain Coproduct Outlook
– John Eustice: Senior VP, The Jacobsen

4:15 -:5:00 pm
Trump and Washington: More Volatility Ahead
– Jim Wiesemeyer: Pro Farmer

5:15 – 7:00 pm
Cocktail Party
Sponsored by Targray

Vevey Ballroom Swissotel

Thursday, May 24th

Conference Day 2

8:00 – 9:00 am 

9:00 – 9:45 am
White House Pulse on Renewable Fuels Markets
Capitol Hill advisor Bob Van Heuvlen’s macro view right down into the renewable fuels markets.
– Bob Van Heuvlen of VH Strategies.

9:45 – 10:30 am
The Future of the EPA’s RFS2 Program
With steady headwinds facing the EPA’s RFS2 program across 2018 we’ll will get the latest just as the market heads into the summer months when provisional RVO’s are expected to be advised.
– Sandra Dunphy of Weaver

10:30 – 10:45 am

10:45 – 11:30 am
Market Opportunities for Biomass Based Diesel 
Shelby will bring everyone up to speed on the latest developments and initiatives tracking.
– Shelby Neal: Director of State Governmental Affairs, National Biodiesel Board

11:30 – 12:30 pm
Sponsored by Universal Green Commodities

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Jacobsen Feedstock Panel
A discussion on how the feedstock industry will respond to increased demand for biomass based diesel and soon potential refinery co-processing demand.
John Eustice (Jacobsen Senior VP)
Ryan Standard (Jacobsen Fats and Oils analyst)
Bob Lane (Jacobsen Biomass Based Diesel and Soft)
Tore Alden (Jacobsen Soy Complex and Veg Oils analyst)

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Hedging the Complex Ag to Energy Spread
Go through the latest hedging strategies and tools available as market entrants arrive from the major refiners for co-processing and renewable diesel demand.
– Nate Burk: FC Stone

2:00 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Biomass Based Diesel Producers Panel
REG, RBF Port Neches, World Energy some of the bigger names in the space will discuss the latest moving targets in this complex market.
Courtney Lawrenson (AGP)
Paul Soanes (RBF)
Jason Schwenneker (REG)
Gene Gebolys (World Energy)

3:15 – 4:00 pm
Outlook on the California LCFS Market
LCFS experts John Courtis and Greg Staiti will join Bob Lane from the Jacobsen for an update and informed  as well as up and coming LCFS markets.

4:00 – 4:45 pm
The Biofuels Forward Curve
John Cusick will take on the next ten years out – with RFS2 ending in 2022 and LCFS stretching out to 2030 we will look 10 years forward around where the biomass based diesel and liquid biomass feedstock markets are heading. RINs, spreads, State Credits and feedstock, what are the trends in place and where are these markets headed from here.

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Happy Hour
Sponsored by FCStone

Past Attendees

5th Avenue Advisors
ADM Corn Processors
ADM Biodiesel
Advanced Biofuels Association

Advanced Biofuels Canada
Agri Trading Corp
Ainsworth Pets
ALT Air Fuels
BBI International
Benefuel, Inc

Bigelow, LLC
Biox Corp
BS Bios Ind e Com de Biodiesel

CJS Trading Co

Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.
Eco Energy
Encore Biorenewables LLC
Energy Suppliers

FC Stone
Flint Hills Resources
Future Fuel
Future International
Galp Energia

Global Seaport Services
Green Plains Renewable Energy

Gunvor Group
Hartland Fuels
ICF International
IP Specialities

Jacob Stern
Lipow Oil
Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Mendota Agri-Products
Magnus International Group
National Biodiesel Board
New Leaf Biofuel
NuStar Energy
Pasternak Baum
Playmaker Strategies

Pullman Sugar
PZ Cussons Singapore Pte Ltd
Renewable Biofuels
Renewable Energy Group
Rierden Chemical
Rio Valley Biofuels
Riverhead Resources
Rock House Advisors
Roslin Enterprises Inc.
Solfuels USA
The Jacobsen
Third Coast Commodities
Van Heuvelen Strategies
Vantage Group
VIC Fuel
Village Fuel Shop
Vopak North America
Western Dubuque Biodiesel
World Energy


Conference Registration

If you’d like to reach out to us and register via the phone please call or email Erin Perkins at 312.726.6600 or [email protected]