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Argus FMB Europe Fertilizer 2017


 Wednesday 18 October  


Registration and Coffee

Exhibition Open


Choose from two Specialist Sessions  - Separately bookable

  1. Micronutrients Forum – Get the technical and commercial insights you need to take a share of this growing market
  2. Fertilizer Fast Track Seminar – An essential guide to market fundamentals, production, trade and demand dynamics

View details about specialist sessions agenda here

15.30 - 16.30 Speed Networking 
Make up to 30 new connections in an hour during this high impact session! Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared for 2 minute conversations before the bell rings and you meet someone new. You will have plenty of time during the rest of the conference to follow up with valuable new contacts. All delegates welcome!
16.30 - 17.30

Roundtable Discussions - RSVP only

  1. Agricultural trends in Europe  and impact on fertilizer demand - Led by Koen Deconinck, Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  2. Assessing potash market trends: New capacity, trade dynamics and demand in Europe - Led by Ewan Thomson, Editor, Potash, Argus
  3. French fertilizer market from commodities to specialised fertilizers, Gilles Poidevin, Founder, Plant Nutrition & Soil Care Europe
  4. Why “secondary” nutrients should not be a second thought - Rolf Haerdter, Head of Global Agronomic Services, K+S
  5. Effective methods of incorporating and applying of micronutrients - Jordi Bru, Director, Global Market Development – Agriculture, Rio Tinto
  6. Africa Trades and Potential; Impact on global trade - Led by Mounir Halim, Business Development, Fertilizers, Argus 
  7. NPK Global and European trade dynamics and changes - Led by Matthew Neave, Manager, Consulting, Argus

Cocktail Party 

Thursday 19 October  
 08.30 Registration, Coffee Served and Exhibition Stands Open  
 09.20 Chairperson's Opening Remarks
Frances Wollmer, Principal Consultant, Fertilizers, Argus

How the Fertilizer Industry Can Innovate and Contribute New Agricultural Solutions
Terje Bakken, Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Sales Division, Eurochem

Latest Update on EU Regulations and Impact on the Fertilizer Sector
Eric Liegeois, Team Leader Fertilisers, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission (via video link)
10.30 Agricultural Production Trends in Europe and Impact on Demand for Farm Inputs Including Fertilizers
Harry Smit, Senior Analyst Farm Inputs and Farming, Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Rabobank
11.00 Coffee Break
11.40 The Paradigm Shift in Phosphate Markets

Ahmed Al-Shaikh, Phosphate Marketing Section Head, Ma’aden
12.10  Multi Nutrient Fertilizers Supporting the Challenges of Global Agriculture
  • Acknowledgment and trends of multi nutrient fertilizers in the European market
  • Efficient and effective fertilizer practices, the growing importance of balanced fertilization
  • Promoting productive and sustainable agriculture
Chris Fraser, CEO, Sirius
12.40 Networking Lunch

Markets and Trade Track

 Innovation and R&D Track

14.20 Chairs Opening Remarks
Matthew Neave
, Manager, Consulting, Argus
14.20 Chairs Opening Remarks
Eran Barak, 
Independent Consultant and former Director Product Development & Technology, ICL Specialty Fertilizers

14.30 Considering Farmer Perspectives on Developments in the Fertilizer Sector

  • How is agronomic know-how being communicated to farmers
  • Approaches to balanced fertilization to maximise yields
  • Practical considerations for farmers relating to fertilizer use
Elisabeth Bömcke, Agriculture Policy Advisor, Fertilizers Europe

14.30 Innovative Products and Strategies to Maximize Crop Output
  • Developing eco-friendly solutions to improve nitrogen use efficiency
  • Assessing outcomes of field trials of new products on plant quality and yield
Jean Charles Djelalian, Global Fertilizer Director, Solvay


Meeting Farmer Expectations through Fertilizer Offerings and Innovative Technologies 

Nicolas Broutin,
Commercial Director Mediterranean, Yara Crop Nutrition
15.00 Optimising Soil Health - The Key to Sustainable Food Production
  •          Science based solutions to enhance soil fertility and crop nutrition
  •          Improving crop yield and quality while monitoring the environmental impact of food production
Stephanie Race, CEO, Crop Performance Ltd.
15.30 Factors Affecting the Future Mediterranean Fertilizer Sector and Overview of the Spanish Fertilizer Market

Paloma Pérez, General Secretary, Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Fertilizantes (ANFFE)
15.30 Novel Additives for Enhanced Fertilizer Formulations
  • Effects of innovative surfactants & rheology modifiers on fertilizer properties
  • Solutions for improving application properties of fertilizer systems
Daniel Zweifel, Technical Manager, Dow Crop Defense EMEAI
 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Assessing Regional Trends and the Growing Use of Specialties in South East Europe
  • Regional supply hubs and trade flows
  • Responding to crop requirements with specialty fertilizers
  • Why the use of specialty fertilizers is on the rise in South East Europe
Milorad Perčić, Manager, Fertilizers and Raw Materials Procurement, Elixir Group
16.30 Technical and Commercial Benefits of Applying Water Soluble Fertilizers
  • Latest innovations in water soluble fertilizers
  • Increasing fertilizer use efficiency with micro irrigation and fertigation
Eran Barak, Independent Consultant and former Director Product Development & Technology, ICL Specialty Fertilizers

17.30 Chair's closing remarks and end of presentations

17.00  The Use of Coatings to Improve Fertilizer Efficiency
  • Types of coatings and functions
  • Application techniques and advantages
Eric van Kaathoven, CEO, Ekompany
17.30 Chair's closing remarks and end of presentations 

8.30 Cocktail Party

Friday 20 October  
08.30 Registration, Coffee and Exhibition Stands Open  

Markets and Trade Track

Innovation and R&D Track

09.20 Chair's Opening Remarks
Mounir Halim,
VP Business Development, Fertilizers, Argus 

09.20 Chair's Opening Remarks
Elisabeth Bömcke, Agriculture Policy Advisor, Fertilizers Europe

09.30 Global Agriculture in the Next Decade: Perspectives from the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026

Koen Deconinck, Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

09.30 The Marriage of Fertilizers and Microbials
  • Assessing macro drivers contributing to increased focus on microbial solutions
  • The role of microbials in plant health and productivity
  • Practical examples of integrating biologicals with synthetic fertilizers
Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, BioConsortia
10.00 Discussion Panel: How will Brexit and a Shifting Political Landscape in Europe Affect the Sector?
  • Impact on agricultural production and fertilizer trade
  • Affect of changing tariff schedules and farm economics post-Brexit
Panelists include:
Sean Mackle, Trade and Economic Director, Fertilizers Europe
Bede Heren,
Editor, Fertilizer Europe, Argus
10.00 Plant Biostimulants for Enhancing Nutrient Use Efficiency and Crop Performance
  • Components of nutrient use efficiency and how they contribute to crop performance
  • How biostimulants action on the plant and in the soil can contribute to nutrient use efficiency
  • Addressing the interactions between fertilizers and biostimulants for enhanced crop performance
Patrick du Jardin, Professor and Head of Laboratory, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - Université de Liège

10.30 Developments in Oil and Gas Markets and Impact on Fertilizer Production and Trade

Matthew Monteverde, VP, Commodity Markets, Argus

10.30 The Role of Magnesium Fertilizers in Maximising Crop Yields and Enhancing Quality
  • The crucial role of magnesium for various metabolic processes
  • Assessing outcomes of field trials on specific crops
Rolf Haerdter, Head of Global Agronomic Services, K+S

11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 Coffee Break


Iran Fertilizer Market, Potentials and Outlook

  • Production trends and expanding export markets
  • Domestic consumption trends

Mohammad Ali VadikheilCEO and Technology Adviser, Phoenix Vision

11.30 The Agronomic Benefits of Multi-Nutrient Fertilizers
  • Evaluating the added value of multi-nutrient fertilizers in crop quality and disease management
  • Demonstrating the sustainable characteristics and balanced nutrition approach to fertilization
Robert Meakin, Research and Development Director, Sirius Minerals
12.00 Functioning of the Fertilizer Futures Market

Ulrich von Fürstenberg,
Product Manager Commodities, Euronext

12.00 Incorporating Value Add and Sustainable Products for Improved Crop Growth
  • Natural and sustainable complex micronutrients
  • Developing effective soil conditioner for improved crops growth
  • New solutions for phosphate fixation and liberation in the soil
Oscar Coll, Regional Agro Sales Manager, Borregaard Ibérica
12.30 Chair's closing remarks and end of presentations 

12.30 Chair's closing remarks and end of presentations 

12.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 End of conference  

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