Central Chamber To Host Agribusiness Forum

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its next Economic Forum Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. It will be held at the Binks Forest Country Club.

Titled Agribusiness in Palm Beach County, the luncheon will be sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida.

Opening remarks will be made by Chamber CEO Wayne Burns; Brian Lohmann, supervisor of accounting for the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative; and Eddy L. Rodriguez, vice president, senior business relationship manager and agriculture specialist for Wells Fargo.

Dr. Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist with Wells Fargo Bank, will be the keynote speaker. Swanson acts as an economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States.

Based in Minneapolis, Swanson is responsible for analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture; forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn and cotton; and analyzing livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy and hogs.

Additionally, Swanson helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo’s customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2000, he worked for four years at Land O’ Lakes, a large national dairy cooperative based in Minnesota. There, he supervised a portion of the supply chain for dairy products, including scheduling the production, warehousing and distribution of more than 400 million pounds of cheese every year. He also supervised the sales forecasting process for Land O’ Lakes.

The luncheon is free for chamber members at the supporter level or higher. For all other members, the cost is $40. Advanced guest admission is $50. At the door, admission is $60. A table for 10 is $500. Business expo tables are $100 for members and $200 for nonmembers.

Register at www.cpbchamber.com. To reserve a business expo table, call Sonya Moste at (561) 578-4813.

ABOVE: Dr. Michael Swanson


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