Where Agriculture and Energy Markets Meet

Denver, Colorado
Wednesday, May 22nd & Thursday, May 23rd

Register for the Conference

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. This year we’re excited to gather in beautiful Denver, Colorado where we will look at the market holistically and dig into the forces affecting the markets today.

Hosted at:

Grand Hyatt Denver

1750 Welton St
Denver, CO 80202

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Wednesday, May 22nd

8 – 9 am
Breakfast: Sponsored by Deep South Commodities

9 – 9:45 am
US Fats Market – Changing Trade Flows, Trends and Pricing Outlook

Ryan Standard
The Jacobsen

9:45 – 10:30 am
Palm Oil Outlook

Ryan Simeral
MPB Commodities Brokerage, Inc

10:30 – 10:45–
Break: Sponsored by Saint Paul Commodities 

10:45 – 11:30 am
Soy/Canola Complex: Impact of Trade War on Protein Demand, Plantings and Supply of Soy Oil

Tore Alden
The Jacobsen

11:30 – 12:00 pm 
Animal Proteins and Outlook

John Eustice
The Jacobsen

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Lunch: Sponsored by Agri Trading

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Macro Ag Economic Environment

Jim Wiesemeyer
Pro Farmer

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Corn, DDG, CGM, CGF Outlook

Tore Alden
The Jacobsen

2:45 – 3:15 pm 
Break: Sponsored by Pipeline Foods

3:15 – 4 pm 
Global UCO and Fat Markets
Kent Swisher
VP – National Renderers Association

4 – 5 pm
Washington DC – The Latest on Policy and Potential Impact on Ag and Bio Fuels Markets
Jim Wiesemeyer
Pro Farmer

5 – 7 pm
Reception: Sponsored by Prairie Pet Food and Gavilon / Wilmar Gavilon

Thursday, May 23rd

8 – 9 am

9 – 9:45 am
Washington DC Update and How Renewables Will Work Into The Legislative Calendar and Upcoming Election
Bob Van Heuvelen
VH Strategies

9:45 – 10:30 am
RFS2 and the Complex and Evolving US Regulatory Framework
Sandra Dunphy

10:30 – 10:45 am
Break: Sponsored by Greenea

10:45 – 11:30 am
State Incentives and More LCFS Focused NE, WA State and Mid West
Shelby Neal
National Biodiesel Board NBB

11:30 – 12:15 pm
10 Years Forward Look: S & D, Hedging – How The Ag to Energy Trade is Poised to Evolove
Nate Burk
FC Stone

12:15 – 1:30 pm

1:30 – 2:15 pm
CARB Presentation
Jim Duffy
California Air Resources Board

2:15 – 3:45 pm
LCFS Panel

Moderated by Bob Lane (Details)

  • Greg Staiti
  • Phil Sheehy
  • Steve Csonka
  • John Courtis

3:45 – 4:00pm
Break: Sponsored by AmSpec

4:00 – 4:30 pm
European Renewable Diesel & Emerging Feedstocks
Fabien Hillairet

4:30 – 5 pm
The Low Carbon Transportation Fuel Trend: What We Know, Where It’s Going
John Cusick

5 – 7 pm
Reception: Sponsored by INTL FCStone

Speakers & Panelists

Jim Wiesemeyer

Pro Farmer

Bob Lane

Biodiesel, Vegetable Oil, and Grain Senior Analyst

Tore Alden

Senior Grains & Oilseed Analyst
The Jacobsen

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 FarmJournalPro.com, 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.

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.

Bob holds a MBA and BBA in Finance from Loyola University in Chicago.

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.

Ryan Standard joined The Jacobsen in 2007, shortly after graduating from Monmouth College where studied Economics, Literature and History. Ryan was able to bring a passion for markets and research to The Jacobsen where he has helped the animal fats reporting remain grounded in traditional market fundamentals while also evolving to cover the ever-changing and emerging markets. Ryan also covers the animal feed bulletin and contributes to the biodiesel bulletin.

John Cusick

Biodiesel Senior Analyst

John Eustice

Senior VP

Sandra Dunphy


Greg Staiti


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.

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 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 Neal

National Biodiesel Board NBB

Jim Duffy

California Air Resources Board

Steve Csonka

Executive Director
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Kent Swisher

Vice President
International Programs
National Renderers Association

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..

Jim Duffy manages the Alternative Fuels Section at the Air Resources Board and oversees long-term policy development for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions at ARB, he has led efforts to evaluate land use change emissions for biofuels and estimate emissions for crude oil production.

Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the USS Georgia submarine and as a nuclear power plant instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Facility in Idaho. After earning his PhD, he taught for eight years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University.

Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of CAAFI (the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, www.caafi.org) an industry partnership fostering the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF). CAAFI engages in public-private-partnership activities designed to assist in bringing together the group of participants needed to stand up an entirely new industrial sector.

Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 33 years of broad, strategic airline and aviation OEM experience. For the last decade, Steve has been a strong industry advocate who has worked in roles of developing pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth, and that interest led him to the accepting the current CAAFI role in 2012. He continues to serve in leadership, steering committee, consultancy, and BOD roles with multiple aviation industry organizations in areas of applying technology and business concepts to enable environmental progression with SAJF.

In his position, Mr. Swisher, by direction of the NRA International Market Development Committee, implements marketing and market access programs for rendered products throughout the world. He also represents the US rendering industry in negotiations regarding barriers to trade and is a member of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee. He oversees offices in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and several consultants worldwide.

Mr. Swisher was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Central Indiana where his family still farms. Prior to the NRA, he worked for the Continental Grain Company, U.S. Grains Council, and the American Seed Trade Association.

He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural economics.

John Courtis


Philip Sheehy

Technical Director
ICF International

Bob Van Heuvelen


Fabien Hillairet

Managing Director & Biofuels Broker

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. During the 80s and 90s, he served at CARB as Manager of the Fuels group where he was responsible for the development and implementation of numerous California fuels regulations, including gasoline, diesel, oxygenates, fuels additives, as well as alternative fuels. 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.

Philip Sheehy’s work in the transportation and energy sectors focuses on the regulatory, technical, and economic drivers for conventional and alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

Philip leads work at ICF in areas such as transportation electrification, fueling infrastructure assessments, emissions impacts of transportation fuels, and vehicle technology assessments. This work includes, but is not limited to expert testimony, strategy development, cost-benefit analysis, and program evaluation.

Bob Van Heuvelen founded VH Strategies, a powerhouse political consulting firm, in 2007. He employs well-tailored strategies, developed in close coordination with clients, to work with EPA on volumes and with Congress on tax issues. In recognition of his outstanding advocacy, Bob was named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill and Politico.

From 1997 to 2007, Bob served as Chief of Staff to former Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). He managed Senator Conrad’s policy and political operations, working with Members of Congress and their staffs on both sides of the aisle. Early in his career, as a congressional staffer, Bob helped write landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

From 1991 to 1997, Bob was the Director of Civil Enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), earning the EPA Gold Medal for his work restructuring the agency’s Enforcement Program. Prior to his work at EPA, Bob was Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the Environmental Enforcement section at the Department of Justice (DOJ), which was then the largest litigating section at DOJ.

Managing Director of GREENEA, Biofuels Brokerage and Consulting Company.
Fabien set up GREENEA in 2007. Prior to it, he was the Project Manager on Clean Technologies at CEZ, the largest power company in Central Europe in charge of the e-mobility project in the CEE region. Having worked for The Boston Consulting Group on several key missions in the renewable energy and biofuels sectors, he has gained practical experience in carrying out analysis and research related to second generation biofuels, biomass markets, plantation business maps as well as solar and wind energies. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Associate Degree in Plant Technology with a specialization in Seed Production

Ryan Simeral

Owner / Senior Broker
MPB Commodities

Ryan Simeral is the owner of MPB Commodities. MPB was originally established as a clearing house on the floor of the CBOT, as well as a cash fats and oils brokerage with a keen focus on soybean and tropical oils. It has evolved into a full-service cash brokerage providing in-depth commodity market analysis, price discovery, and supply chain support across all fats and oils. In addition to holding the title of current owner of MBP Commodities, Ryan also serves as a Senior broker for the firm. As a Senior Broker, he has specialized in acquisition, management, and brokerage of fats and oils for nearly 15 years.


Past Attendees

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

Advanced Biofuels Canada
Agri Trading Corp
Ainsworth Pets
ALT Air Fuels
American Commodities Brokerage
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
Universal Green 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]