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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to factors impacting on agricultural production which are beyond the farm gate. It focuses on understanding commodity markets and the price discovery mechanism, local pricing, supply chains, price-currency risks, and the global agribusiness environment. Risk is examined and the need for forward markets to offset this risk is explained. Problems with supply chain integration will be detailed, while strategies to manage both price and currency risk will be evaluated. Topics include the market price mechanism, commercial trade markets, characteristics of forward markets, identifying market position and calculating exposure through position valuation, risk transfer mechanisms, establishing risk management objectives, problems with forward contracts under high default risk, futures and options hedging, basis risk, over-the-counter bank pricing products, and managing commodity risks within the organisation.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsFIN3DER

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Learning resources

Agricultural Supply Chains and the Challenge of Price Risk

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorWilliams, J.





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Agricultural Price Risk Management: The Principles of Commodity Trading

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorWilliams, J. and Schroder, B.



PublisherOxford University Press


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify the major risk variables in agricultural food-fibre supply chains.
02. Analyse forward commodity market characteristics in commercial trade markets.
03. Apply the principles of market risk management to supply chain situations.
04. Evaluate hedging tactics and calculate hedging risks and the impact of basis movement in order to minimise the impact of risk variables on business profitability.
05. Design flexible strategies to achieve the risk target objectives.
06. Implement over-the-counter bank products.

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