Informa Economics, Inc. recently announced three additions to the company's staff.

In early March, Nick Hoyt joined Informa Economics as a vice president, with his primary responsibility being client service and business consulting, particularly price risk management and strategic business planning in grains, oilseeds, other crop and food ingredient areas. He came to Informa's Memphis, Tenn., office from Bunge North America where he spent five years in risk management and commodity trading.

His most recent work at Bunge included leading the company's North American division in transitioning from a cost-based crush model to a mark-to-market approach for both soybeans and canola.

In early April, Rob Hatchett joined Informa as a commodity analyst in Memphis and Mike McConnell joined Informa as a senior consultant in the company's Washington, D.C., office.

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Hatchett is a commodity analyst within Informa Economics' Crops Group with primary emphasis on wheat and rice. Prior to joining Informa, he worked as a senior market risk analyst with the Gavilon Group, LLC., where he supported the company's speculative agricultural trading and the physical grain and natural gas businesses. He served as graduate research assistant at Oklahoma State University where his graduate work focused on comparing the accuracies of different forecasts of cash basis levels for wheat and other

grains, with his research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

McConnell is a senior consultant within Informa's Project Consulting Group, based out of Informa's Washington, D.C., office, where he works with numerous clients, focusing on the economic effects of trade and agricultural policies on US agriculture and its stakeholders. McConnell also performs market research and analysis on a wide range of markets and commodities. Prior to joining Informa, McConnell worked at the US International Trade Commission where he was the agency's grain analyst. Before his work at the US International Trade Commission,McConnell was an agricultural economist at USDA's Economic Research Service where he was an analyst for a number of commodities in the market outlook program, including livestock and sugar.