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KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS NATIONAL BEEF INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP

DENVER (Nov. 20, 2008) -- Meghan Blythe, a high school senior from White City High School in White City, Kan. has been named the 2009 National Beef Industry Scholarship winner. Ten outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry have each been awarded a $1,500 scholarship provided by CME Group and the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

Blythe will be a freshman at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. during the 2009-2010 academic year. As the national winner, Blythe has been awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix where she will be recognized during the “Salute to the Best of Beef Awards Luncheon” on January 31.

The scholarships are offered to high school seniors and undergraduate college students studying fields related to the beef industry. The ten winners represent eight different states with five of the recipients being high school seniors. Each scholarship winner wrote a 750-word essay that identified key issues confronting the beef industry and suggested possible solutions for dealing with those issues.

“We are very proud to be partnering with CME Group for the past 19 years to offer young people the opportunity to advance their careers in the beef industry,” said Bob Josserand, chairman of the National Cattlemen's Foundation Board of Trustees.

The additional scholarship recipients are:

The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle Futures Contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, now part of CME Group. The exchange and the National Cattlemen's Foundation are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the National Cattlemen's Foundation advances the future of the beef industry with passion and urgency for the benefit of consumers and cattlemen.

CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange. Building on the heritage of CME, CBOT and NYMEX, CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on trading floors in Chicago and New York. By acting as the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer, CME Clearing virtually eliminates counterparty credit risk. CME Clearing also offers $7 billion in financial safeguards to help mitigate systemic risk, providing the security and confidence market participants need to operate, invest and grow. CME Group offers the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “CME.”

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