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Where the margin is 2012

International Conference for agricultural producers
and suppliers of agricultural inputs and services

January 31, 2012

Moscow, Radisson Slavianskaya Hotel

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About Conference

Theme for 2012: Farmland as an emerging asset class in Russia and Eastern Europe countries.

Other topics:

  • Situation and outlook of the key commodity markets in the world and Russia: consequences for the production margins
  • Russia's WTO accession: struggling against negative consequences and outcomes for agriculture
  • New domestic land legislation and dynamics of regional farmland markets
  • Traditional and new tools of agricultural price hedging: FSU context
  • Technological future of regional agriculture

The conference is meant for ag inputs manufacturers, dealers and distributors, financiers, insurers, agroholdings and independent producers, agricultural and agribusiness investors, policy makers.

The purpose of the Conference is to create the platform where agricultural producers and their counterparts along the vertical supply chain meet together just before the start of 2012/13 season and have a complex discussion on opportunities and challenges of the upcoming crop marketing year and the years ahead.

One of key topics of 2012 Conference the Russian and FSU farmland as a new agricultural assets class.

Farmland and farm investments: why Russia?

  • 112 MHA of arable land;
  • Including 70 MHA of perennial crop farmland;
  • Land lease: up to 49 years;
  • Land market exist for last decade: millions of hectares are already in hands of private owners and investors;
  • Land: still substantially undervalued regarding margin/price;
  • Foreigners: full rights to land lease, have right to buy land if establish;
  • Russian company: more than 1 MHA is already controlled by foreign operators;
  • Competitive advantage in small grains production: number 2 to 4 world wheat exporter, highest wheat yields CAGR among all key competitors;
  • Aggressively growing commercial animal protein sector;
  • Strong state support to agriculture;
  • One of biggest European food consumption markets.

Why this conference?

Two previous Conferences positioned Where the Margin Is as a unique highest caliber event, professionally dealing with the key issues of domestic agriculture and agribusiness.

See our track record up-to-date:

  • Most powerful sponsors;
  • Best, most knowledgeable, and influential industry speakers;
  • Leading domestic farm operators;
  • Leading world and domestic agribusiness companies;
  • High level of company representation: mostly CEO and owners;
  • High Conference organization standards.


In 2011/12 the country has successfully returned to the world grain market as a major exporter. As of middle of October, Russian grain export path is highest in its history. Although growing logistical, and especially transportation bottlenecks impede successful development of the sector.

What would be the start-up economic conditions and market environment in 2012/ 13 season? How the companies' strategies are adopting along the vertical supply chain? What are the new values for agricultural assets? These and other issues will be in the focus of the Conference.

We believe the Conference will stimulate the exchange of news and new ideas, and contribute to better corporate strategies and government decisions.

Materials of the previous conferences 2010 and 2011 see:

During all the conference lifetime the IKAR team of analysts will be available for informal talks on various vertical commodity markets, such as grains, oilseeds, sugar, meats and dairy.

Institutional partners:

Global AgInvesting

The National Union of Grain Producers

Under support:

European Bank for Reconstraction and Development

International Finance Corporation

Materials of the previous conferences "Where the margin is"

Gold sponsors:

Syngenta Bayer CropScience AGCO ADVAG

Silver sponsors:


Ermak KWS
Swiss Re DuPont

Media partners:

Thomson Reuters FINAM Крестьянские Ведомости Interfax Business news agency PRIME

Press support:

Журнал Новое сельское хозяйство Зерно online ISCO-I Sugar monitoring Federal online magazine Capital Country

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